Last updated: 2:11 am
February 8, 2009
Posted: 1:54 am
February 8, 2009
IT DID not take long for the Democrats in Albany to go after the gun laws once they got control of the legislature.
The New York State Assembly has introduced four new gun-control measures. The bills include mandating bullet serialization, a ban on the sale, possession and use of .50-caliber firearms, an expansion of the ballistic imaging database, and prohibiting gun shows on public property.
Legislation that would mandate bullet serialization - the process by which each individual round of ammunition is identified and marked with a laser-engraved serial number comes under Assembly Bill 3200.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has made clear that serializing ammunition on a mass-production basis is not feasible from a practical standpoint, and contends any legislation mandating such action rightfully could be considered more or less a ban on ammunition.
Legislation that would ban the sale, use or possession of .50-caliber firearms is under Assembly Bill 3211. The .50-caliber sporting rifles are used for long-range target shooting and collecting. Banning these firearms will only hurt shooting enthusiasts, collectors and independent firearms retailers while doing nothing to curb crime or protect residents. These firearms are too big to easily carry and cost thousands of dollars to purchase - making them unlikely weapons for criminals.
Assembly Bill 2882 is the legislation that would expand the applications for the New York ballistic imaging database.
According to NSSF, the failure of the database system to solve any crime in its nearly eight years of existence has been well-documented.
New York is one of two states that has wasted millions of taxpayer dollars on a ballistics database. Requiring that all guns that come into contact with law enforcement be tested and submitted into the failed system would just waste more resources on this expensive and unnecessary program.
Assembly Bill 2884 is legislation that would prohibited the sale of guns at gun shows located on public property. According to a November 2001 study by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, less than one percent (0.7) of criminals acquire their guns from gun shows. Restricting gun shows in the name of fighting crime is a solution in search of a problem.