Air gun bill defeated

IR-1916 passed out of committee on a 4-0 vote, but was defeated yesterday by the full county legislature 6-12.

Air gun bill

Patricia Eddington may be long gone from the Assembly, but her husband Jack is keeping the antigun dream alive in the Suffolk county legislature.  He has introduced IR-1916 restricting the use of air guns.

The Sachem, NY Patch reports:

“… The main thrust of this legislation is to identify air guns and rifles as weapons and prohibit the discharge of any air gun within 150 feet of any residence in Suffolk County … the bill defines an air gun as any rifle, pistol, or shot gun which discharges .20 caliber or greater pellets propelled by compressed air or gas at a muzzle velocity of 700 feet per second or greater …”

This ignores the fact that most air guns are .177.  Jack’s level of dumb is in line with Pat’s previous comments about heat-seeking .50 caliber rounds, though:

“… David Foltmann, the owner of Cobra Airguns in Ronkonkoma … disputes that the only reason this legislation is currently before the legislature is due to a vendetta one of his neighbors has against him resulting from neighborhood politics.  He told Patch the anonymous neighbor has frequently called the police and the legislature arguing that Cobra Airguns has people test firing their rifles endangering local school children.  He confidently asserts that this is a fabrication and said, “that if this were the case there would be numerous complaints from many other neighbors.” …”

In other words, this is a total non-issue.

“… Eddington said the towns of Babylon, Huntington, Smithtown and Brookhaven along with the villages of Patchogue, Southampton, Babylon, and Port Jefferson have enacted legislation regulating the use of air guns … “In some cases, the discharge of these guns is absolutely restricted within the bounds of the town or village,” Eddington added. “In other cases, a parameter is given. For instance, in the Village of Southampton you cannot discharge any gun within 500 feet of any dwelling or building occupied by a person as a dwelling …”

That is statewide EnCon law and it relates to firearms, not air guns.

This is very typical for the antis.  There is no real public support for this law, but one or two cranks make noise to the right people and presto, bills like this appear.

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