January 16, 2013 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Gun Control, Guns, Liberals, New York, New York City, Progressives, Regulation, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off
-By Warner Todd Huston
The New York legislature has voted to enact a new round of stricter gun laws. It would be the nation’s first such effort since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
To facilitate quick action, Governor Cuomo was urged to dispense with the three-day public review law and pass some sort of emergency waiver to prevent public debate over the bill. All discussions went on behind closed doors.
The Associated Press reported that weekend dealmaking behind closed doors resulted in a bill that has bipartisan support, but the full legislature had not yet had a chance to see the back room-written legislation as of Monday.
New York State has a constitutional amendment that requires a three-day public review of all laws before they are allowed to take effect, however this bill’s back room dealer makers are urging anti-gun Governor Cuomo to issue a “message of necessity” that would cancel the three-day review period.
Further discussion continued behind closed doors and away from the light of public view.
The new law is reported to contain measures to make 10-round ammunition magazines illegal allowing only seven rounds or less per magazine. Also more stringent background checks for gun sales will be instituted. Republican lawmakers are said to have included a refinement to Kendra’s Law, a mental health law that makes it easier to confine people determined to be a danger.
Republican lawmakers are also reported as wanting to include stricter penalties on illegal gun trafficking into the state. As the AP points out, “Most New York City gun crimes involve weapons illegally brought into the state, state and city officials say.”
Much of this “cracking down” appears to be being visited mostly upon legal gun owners, not criminals, because “most New York City gun crimes ” already occur by criminals breaking laws.
The list of banned “assault weapons” will be increased, but there is no word as to what new weapons will appear on that list. A gun registry of so-called “assault weapons” will be created and a grandfather clause will be included for those already in private hands.
Mandatory sentencing will also be increased for crimes involving guns.
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com, BigHollywood.com, and BigJournalism.com, as well as RightWingNews.com, RightPundits.com, CanadaFreePress.com, StoptheACLU.com, AmericanDaily.com, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.
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