January 16th, 2013

New York Gun Ban Instantly Transforms Law-Abiding Citizens Into Criminals


This article was written by J.D. Heyes and originally published at Natural News

In the days before President Obama rolled out 23 executive actions aimed at curbing Second Amendment rights – some of which have transformed doctors and healthcare providers into gun snitches – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo beat him to the punch by signing into law the most restrictive gun control legislation in the country.

Citing the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting as his impetus, Cuomo made good on a promise spelled out during an emotional State of the State address earlier, in which he vowed to pass new restrictions on military look-alike rifles, semi-auto magazines and persons who are suspected of being mentally ill.

“You can overpower the extremists with intelligence and common sense,” Cuomo bragged upon signing the new legislation Jan. 15, oblivious, of course, to his own extremism.

The problem; however, is that the legislation immediately transforms law-abiding New Yorkers into criminals because provisions of the law are retroactive; in other words, what Cuomo has signed is an ex post facto law, a measure that criminalizes someone for something that was legal when they did it. (For the record, ex post facto laws are prohibited by the U.S. Constitution, under Article 1, Sect. 9 and Article 1, Sect.10, the latter section of which applies specifically to states.)

So why pass such legislation at all? The answer is arrogance. Politicians like Cuomo, a Democrat in a state dominated by his party for decades, aren’t bothered by what is legal and proper because they believe they are above reproach. Further, they know that the political and legal mechanisms put in place to hold people like him accountable won’t be utilized because they are staffed by like-minded individuals.

Push it through – Read it later

Nevertheless, not all New York lawmakers took part in this massive usurpation of power.

“I simply cannot support a bill that turns law abiding citizens into criminals by creating an entire new category of illegal firearms out of currently legal rifles and shotguns,” state Sen. Greg Ball, a Republican, said in a statement the evening the Assembly passed the restrictive new bill.

“We needed solid provisions to keep the violently, mentally ill from harming our communities, our kids and our families. That didn’t happen tonight,” he said. “While much in this bill, as far as stiffer penalties for real criminals and help on the mental health front is good, the last minute push, in the middle of the night without critical public input from sportsmen and taxpayers was outrageous and forced members to vote on a bill they had not read.”

“…Bill they had not read.” Does that sound familiar?

“We haven’t saved any lives tonight, except one: the political life of a governor who wants to be president,” Ball later said on the Senate floor. He went on to say that most members of the chamber were willing to turn law-abiding residents into criminals “hoping on the front pages that we will be seen as preventing tragedies.”

“Good night, I voted no and I only wish I could have done it twice,” he concluded.

‘It strains credibility’

Sen. John Bonacic, another Republican, echoed Ball’s sentiments, saying that despite the tough new restrictions on guns and ammunition, insane criminal acts involving firearms would not end.

“I sincerely hope this law does stop another massacre, but I honestly believe it is nothing more than window dressing designed to make people feel secure until the next tragedy strikes – all while criminalizing the actions of otherwise law abiding citizens,” he said in a statement.

Bonacic was especially perplexed by a provision in the law forbidding gun owners from possessing more than seven rounds in a 10-round magazine, “something irrelevant to a criminal.”

“Under the legislation, magazines people now own, which are capable of holding ten rounds (bullets) continue to be legal, but a person may only load seven rounds in them,” he said. “It strains credibility to believe a criminal bent on a massacre is going to load only seven bullets in a ten round magazine. Law abiding citizens, on the other hand, who erroneously load too many bullets in a magazine, would be criminals under the legislation.”

Other parts of the law requires mental health professionals and therapists to report to state authorities perceived threats of gun violence by “mental health” patients, who could then have their guns confiscated – similar to provisions being pushed by Obama on a federal level.







NOTE FROM EDITOR:  Will New York gun owners stand up to this draconian legislation and refuse to submit to registration?  Our only hope for gun rights in this country will be the outright refusal of gun owners to roll over and allow themselves to be treated like criminals…

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12 Responses to “New York Gun Ban Instantly Transforms Law-Abiding Citizens Into Criminals”

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    jim p Says:

    so does that mean his armed body guards only have 7 rounds in theirs too so if some nut was in a gun fight with his body guards they could do like in the old western fake m out and count their rounds?

  2. 2
    GeorgeW. Says:

    Sources: Rand Paul to push legislation nullifying Obama’s executive actions on guns 01/16/2013


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    Patrick C. Says:

    New York, If you love liberty, if you love your neighbor, you will work hard to leave and do your utmost to help your neighbors escape as well. You can punish Cuomo and all his friends by depopulating New York and helping your family do the same. One less human cash cow for their arrogant yankee government is one less contribution to the enforcement of unjust laws.

    We have lots of space in Texas for you displaced freedom-lovers, even if you dress funny and talk too fast.

  4. 4
    Robert P. Says:

    Thanks Patrick C.

    Quite a goodly number of us may be taking you up on your kindly offer very soon!

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    csaaphill Says:

    Molon Labe is all I got to say don’t register stay strong.

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    Big Al Says:

    The picture tells the story, these arrogant fools that think they are the saviors of humanity with fake smiles painted on their faces.

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    ddd Says:


    Q: If I modify my gun by removing all design characteristics that makes it an assault weapon, do I have to register it?
    A: No. If you modify your gun so that it is not an assault weapon, you do not have to register it. The modification must be permanent however. This includes, for example, removing the bayonet lug by cutting or grinding, grinding off the threads on the barrel, removing the foregrip so that it cannot be readily reattached, or any change that cannot be reversed through reasonable means.

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    csaaphill Says:

    I understand the concept of changing a gun, but why register anyways an unconstituitial law is just that no real law. but whatever works. I just say f em.

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    Paul Says:

    it may turn them into patriots…not criminals

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    Don Says:

    I will NOT turn in ANY guns that I purchased legally…this is insanity to make law abiding citizens criminals with the stroke of a pen…Molon labe!

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