March 2019

I'm Not in a New York State of Mind

todd woodard

A long time ago, when dinosaurs roamed the earth, I worked at Field & Stream magazine in Manhattan, at 1515 Broadway, or 7th Avenue and 44th. At the time, New York City’s gun rules were just as crazy and un-Constitutional as today, maybe worse, and were difficult to accept when the articles I edited nearly every day concerned firearms that couldn’t be possessed in the city. But I shot in NRA smallbore matches on Long Island and upstate in a Friday-night quarter-course league at West Point (which was awesome), so the strongest anti-gun sentiment didn’t extend very far into the ‘burbs. But that seems to be changing for the worse again.

New anti-gun laws from Albany have recently passed, and I’d expect Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to sign them. The measures further erode — negate, really — gunowners’ rights in the Empire State. It seems the hoplophobic disease that afflicted NYC so many years ago continues to spread upstate, and Gun Tests readers across New York State will be negatively affected.

In January, Democrats who control both houses of the state Legislature passed a big gun-control package that Tom King, executive director of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association and a board member of the National Rifle Association called “very egregious” moves against gun rights or “just plain stupid.” He is right on the money.

The bills included: A ban on bump-stock devices; a law to create a uniform, statewide gun buyback program; a bill letting the state check the mental-health backgrounds of people who move to New York and want to purchase a gun; a ban on teachers’ gun possession at schools; and a bill that allows issue of “extreme risk protection orders.”

I won’t go into excruciating detail about each of these items; I will simply note how collectively wrong-headed they are. In particular, however, the bump-stock ban is stupid because the devices don’t improve a firearm’s ability to increase accurate aimed fire. Bump stocks only help increase the volume of fire, and certain trigger techniques and fabric loops can do the same thing. Allowing “extreme risk protection orders” without due process is a 4th Amendment violation, but such niceties don’t seem to matter any longer. If a state is willing to infringe on your 2nd Amendment rights, then taking your guns on the word of your anti-gun brother-in-law is easy-peasy.

And it’s only going to get worse. I truly feel for Gun Tests readers in New York State.

Comments (9)

The same thing is happening in Illinois. I was lucky enough to move across the river into Iowa, but there are a lot of anti-gunners here, too. We have enough conservatives to keep them at bay... for now.

Posted by: jwash111 | March 8, 2019 3:33 PM    Report this comment

In 2011 I declared a firearm at JFK.
I was jailed over night.
I had a good public defender who got me released no bail but had to fly back from The Peoples Republic of Seattle for trial which was a real experience. When the judge saw me in a suit and tie she fined me a few hundred dollars and the arrest was sealed.

Socialism/Communism is growing here in Seattle with a bronze statue of Lenin over in
Fremont and a city council member is a devout socialist and very outspoken.
Our governor is a greenie running for president which is a total waste of time for him.
We still want to divide the state down the Cascade Crest trail because Seattle runs the whole state as 20% of the population is in Eastern Washington where conservatism is rampant.
One day it just may happen and good luck to conservative New Yorkers.

Posted by: smith29 | March 7, 2019 2:53 PM    Report this comment

Either split the state so urban New York City areas can't control upstate New York or quit voting Democrat!

Posted by: Crockett | March 7, 2019 1:10 PM    Report this comment

I can remember when this country operated on the principle that it was better for 10 guilty people to go free than for 1 innocent person to be punished. Now it seems the mood has shifted to it being acceptable for 10 innocent people be punished in the hope that 1 guilty person will be caught.

Posted by: RL Edwards | March 7, 2019 11:02 AM    Report this comment

In addition NYPD discourages gun ownership due to oppressiveness in their gun applications for new applicants. There are the issuing authority in the city granted by the state to restrict guns as they desire; short of a total ban which they cannot do but are so close to with their restrictions. Even upstaters, with their county licenses are illegal in NYC!
I cannot understand why in all of NYS one needs a license to possess a handgun in their home for self defense? That hasn't been challenged by NRA or NYRPA ever as I am aware of. Finally, with no opposition, which should be in the form of lawsuits, things will further deteriorate in all of NY. When will they band together and go on the offensive?

Posted by: Chico | March 7, 2019 10:11 AM    Report this comment

I feel for us all.
This is not limited to the north east or the left coast. This is everywhere and spreading.
It spreads with every busybody who ditches his overtaxed, over regulated home, and moves elsewhere. Once moved, they vote to make the new place just like the hell hole they left. On the national level, they don't even need to move. Every House seat occupied by a Statist in CA, NY, CT, MA, OR, WA, NV, NM, or any other state is happy to help regulate the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 10th and 14th Amendments out of existence in ALL states. This isn't just about a few rules here and there, it is a battle between an out of control central government, and federalism gone wrong, versus the rights of the people. In some states, we have a few sheriffs, county commissions , mayors and city councils on our side, but even that will not stop the rot of government by mob rule and expediency.

Posted by: OldJarhead03 | March 7, 2019 10:10 AM    Report this comment

I am a NYC resident. Reason why anti-gun has spread upstate is the assembly is now controlled by Democrats. Many are from NYC who represent districts where their constituents are not hunters or gun owners whom immigrated from countries where firearms are extremely hard to possess legally and hunting does not exist. They have not been exposed to firearms for sporting purposes and are ignorant about those who do. That is two reasons for the anti-gun present climate. Also NYSRPA silence is deafening. More...

Posted by: Chico | March 7, 2019 9:43 AM    Report this comment

Unfortunately NY, NJ etc are lost States and any talk regarding "we can change things" or "we can take back the Legislature" is wishful thinking at best. What is the reality now is that companies and citizens either continue to leave these States at unprecedented rates until they are simply an empty shell or mass civil disobedience occurs at a rate that finally results in total civilian upheaval of the government. That, generally, is the last move before a coup d'etat and would likely only happen if the entire country were on the brink of collapse, something not out of the realm of possibility with the road the Liberals would like us to follow.

Posted by: Vanns40 | March 7, 2019 9:17 AM    Report this comment

Too many anti-gun people talk too much foolish stuff . What we need to do is keep guns out of the hands of mentally unstable people ! Is this guy/girl unstable in their talk about how they would run the country, what they would do to achieve it. We have set rules that in my mind will achieve this, like keep them from angry felons, but we do need to check the mental abilities,or lack of abilities from some people. I can go on and on in my talk, so I'll leave for now.

Posted by: Mike K. | February 27, 2019 2:34 PM    Report this comment

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