Gun confiscation – That’s really that aim of every single piece of “gun control” legislation is all about. It’s an unlawful and unconstitutional means to take your guns.
Those who promote such things often mock those of us who warn of the logical ends of what their agenda.
The latest to do so is a member of the group New Yorkers Against Gun Violence (NYAGV).
In a recent opinion piece by one of its members, Rick Fuller, titled “Gun recertification a step for safety, not confiscation,” wrote that handgun owners in New York are “up in arms again” because they have to recertify with the state that they are eligible to possess a handgun, even though our God-given rights requires no permission from the state at all to be armed.
Fuller relished in the fact that he was a good little statist and “took all of five minutes” on the government website to be “fully compliant.”
He then rips into gun owners who know our history.
“This fact only underscores the point that too many gun owners don’t know, don’t care or choose not to know the law (remember, it has been five years),” he wrote. “In their view, any gun safety legislation is wrong, viewed as the camel’s nose in the tent of gun confiscation. Perhaps SCOPE (Shooters Committee on Political Education) and other like-minded gun organizations should be talking about this kind of actual information at their meetings and sharing it with members. We know gun owners talk; I’ve visited the web sites.”
First, it’s pretended legislation, not actual law. It run contrary to the Declaration of Independence, Common Law, Biblical Law and the Constitution.
Second, it’s not gun safety legislation. It’s rights infringement legislation. Nothing in New York’s SAFE Act (“Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013”) ensures safety. It’s only words. They do nothing to ensure safety. Registering your gun doesn’t ensure safety of anything or anyone.
In fact, when it comes to the statistics from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (Nov. 2017), one could argue that New York is less safe than before the SAFE Act was put into place, and the NRA actually points that out.
“The total figures for 2016 for “shooting incidents involving injury” and “shooting victims (persons hit)” exceed the totals listed in each of the previous seven years; the 2016 figure for “individuals killed by gun violence” shows a just under ten percent increase as compared to the five-year average prior to 2016.”
Third, any and all gun laws are unconstitutional, as demonstrated here.
Fourth, yes, gun owners talk. They talk here as well, and a far better informed than Mr. Fuller.
Fuller adds that recertification is necessary to ensure that a legal gun owner has not run afoul of the law since receiving his most recent gun permit.
Well, if that was the case, shouldn’t those in authority know this person was in violation of the law and have taken the steps to remove said gun from their possession? Recertification is not necessary.
If New York dealt with violent criminals lawfully and executed them, then there would be no need of talk of permits, background checks or infringement of rights, taking of money, granting permission or any other sort of scheme to take people’s guns, but they don’t have the stomach for that.
Fuller finishes his ignorant rants by stating “…the mindless fealty to the NRA and its affiliates’ spin that all gun laws are unconstitutional and will lead to confiscation. There are 300 million guns in our country; do the math. No one is coming for your guns.”
However, that just is not true, and the NRA Institute for Legislative Action called him on it.
According to the NRA-ILA:
The passage of New York’s so-called SAFE Act (“Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013”) drastically changed the landscape for lawful gun owners in the Empire State. Besides new restrictions on commonly owned semi-automatic rifles the state calls “assault weapons,” bans on magazines, and limits on the number of rounds that could be loaded into a gun, the Act imposed a requirement that handgun license holders be “recertified” every five years, with all licensees completing the initial recertification by January 31, 2018. The recertification form requires that the licensee disclose his or her “name, date of birth, gender, race, residential address, social security number, [and] firearms possessed by such license holder,” along with the listed identifying details (make, model, caliber, and serial number). (“Firearm” under the applicable New York law means a handgun or other gun of a size which may be concealed upon the person.)
A failure to recertify operates as an automatic revocation of the license. Possession of a “firearm” without a valid license is a criminal offense, and the revocation makes the person ineligible to apply for or renew a license. Once a license is revoked, state law mandates that every gun owned or possessed by the licensee be “surrendered” to a law enforcement agency. A New York State Police field guide on the SAFE Act, prepared by attorneys for the Division of State Police, unequivocally instructs officers that when “a licensee becomes ineligible to hold a pistol permit, the Safe Act requires the person to surrender all firearms to police, including all rifles and shotguns for which no license or registration is required.” (Emphasis in the original.)
Should the person fail to comply by turning in every gun, the SAFE Act (codified as NY Penal Law § 400.00(11)(c)) not only authorizes but requires that police officers confiscate such property: the guns “shall be removed and declared a nuisance and any police officer or peace officer acting pursuant to his or her special duties is authorized to remove any and all such weapons.”
Once the gun is deemed a “nuisance,” the owner loses the ability to reclaim or legally transfer it. State law directs that nuisance guns be destroyed without the need for a court order or other judicial proceedings, and courts have confirmed that a person has no “legitimate possessory interest” in firearms for which he or she has no license.
The policy of recertification is clear: licensees who fail to comply – by inadvertently missing the deadline, for example – face having all guns, and not just the firearms covered by the license, permanently confiscated by law enforcement officers. Far from being overblown hyperbole, describing the recertification law as “the camel’s nose in the tent of gun confiscation” is not only accurate but arguably, an unduly benign portrayal of a grossly disproportionate regime to enforce recertification through mandatory surrender, police seizure, and destruction of otherwise legal property.
Understand that NYAGV was heavily involved in getting the SAFE Act passed in 2013, so it should come as no surprise that they are also engaged in the propaganda to promote more and more restrictions on the rights of gun owners.
“In the same way that anti-gun advocates consistently seek to disguise restrictive gun control measures under the veneer of ‘common sense,’ ‘gun safety,’ or ‘gun law reform,’ they aim to influence public opinion towards ‘strengthening’ gun laws by dismissing opposition to such laws by ordinary, informed Americans as the ‘mindless’ nattering of a handful of extremists,” wrote the NRA-ILA.
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