so New York quickly rushed through and signed this ban, which i just wanted to make some comments about:
Gov. Cuomo, who had called for an overhaul of gun laws in New York in his State of the State address last week, defended the provisions of the law.
"Seven bullets in a gun, why? Because the high-capacity magazines that give you the capacity to kill a large number of human beings in a very short period of time is nonsensical to a civil society," Cuomo said, according to Reuters.
New York's law, called the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act:
Bans possession of any high-capacity magazines regardless of when they were made or sold. Only clips able to hold up to seven rounds can be sold in the state. Clips able to hold seven to 10 rounds can be possessed, but cannot be loaded with more than seven rounds. If an owner is found to have eight or more bullets in a magazine, he or she could face a misdemeanor charge.
Requires ammunition dealers to do background checks, similar to those for gun buyers. Dealers are required to report all sales, including amounts, to the state. Internet sales of ammunition are allowed, but the ammunition will have to be shipped to a licensed dealer in New York state for pickup.
Requires creation of a registry of assault weapons. Those New Yorkers who already own such weapons would be required to register their guns with the state.
Most controversially, requires any therapist who believes a mental health patient made a credible threat of harming others to report the threat to a mental health director, who would then have to report serious threats to the state Department of Criminal Justice Services. A patient's gun could be taken from him or her, as well.
Stipulates that stolen guns should be reported within 24 hours.
Tightens the state's description of an "assault" weapon. Previous state law defined an assault weapon as having two "military rifle" features, but the new law reduces that specification to just one feature
Requires background checks for all gun sales, including by private dealers -- except for sales to members of the seller's immediate family.
one, this should point out that the "high-capacity magazine" concept is bullshit. without debating it in general, the statement has always been that 10-rounds is "acceptable" and more than that is "high-capacity." but here, we have NY defining "high-capacity" as EIGHT rounds or more ... without having to make any kind of logical argument why that is the case.
two, seriously, your law says "you can HAVE the 10-round magazine, but you cannot put more than seven rounds in it?" is there ANY scenario where this matters beyond trying to bang some gun owner with a charge?
three, this "just one feature" is something people do not understand: it's easy to demonize "assault weapons," but when that "one feature" can simple be a detachable magazine, and now weapons with only one feature are getting slammed (and i oh-so-joyously await something similar happening here), you're talking about WWII-era M1 carbines and little plinkers like 10/22s and other stuff no one would otherwise call an "assault weapon."
four, it reminds me of this:
look at that maniac! who defends their home with a one-feature assault weapon with a high-capacity magazine!