Adams, Everytown call for ATF action

Mayor Eric Adams, acting as a proxy for Everytown, has sent a letter to the ATF asking they revoke the FFL of Polymer80.

From the presser:

“… “We must get ghost guns out of our communities, and those that manufacture them must be shut down,” said Mayor Adams. “Polymer80’s entire business operation presents a clear and present danger to public safety through New York and the entire country — not only selling guns, but also marketing an entire lifestyle brand that celebrates violence and lawlessness. As mayor of the largest city in America, a former police officer, and co-chair of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, I have a message for Polymer80: We will not surrender our city to a violent few. No one is above the law. And the law is coming for you.” …”

The City prohibited them in 2019 and the state followed suit in 2021 (here, here and here.)

Recognizing June as Gun Violence Awareness Month

Res 93-2022, Recognizing June as Gun Violence Awareness Month in New York City, has been introduced to the City Council on behalf of Public Advocate Jumaane Williams.

The purpose of this?

Recognition of the month of June as Gun Violence Awareness Month by local and state officials will increase efforts to protect all New Yorkers, especially those who are disproportionately affected by such violence, by furthering the dialogue with our local, state and federal partners to help examine the causes of gun violence and create meaningful solutions in an effort to prevent the violence from peaking again in the summer.

Just more of the same nonsense Williams has built his reputation on.

Suozzi chooses Reyna as his running mate

Tom Suozzi has chosen former NYC Councilwoman Diana Reyna to be his running mate.

Her record on gun control while in the City Council is clear.  She sponsored the following bills and resolutions during her tenure:

  • Int 298-2002, A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to banning the sale of toy guns.
  • Res 845-2003, Resolution urging the New York State Legislature to pass A-1166, a bill that would prohibit the sale of handgun ammunition without proof of a handgun license.
  • Res 995-2003, Resolution calling upon the appropriate Committee of the Council of the City of New York to conduct an oversight hearing to review the campaign of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the lawsuits brought forth by the City of New York and the New York State Attorney General regarding the need for gun-makers and wholesalers to be held more accountable for the sale and distribution of their products.
  • Res 54-2004, Resolution calling upon the appropriate Committee of the Council of the City of New York to conduct an oversight hearing to review the campaign of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the lawsuits brought forth by the City of New York and the New York State Attorney General regarding the need for gun-makers and wholesalers to be held more accountable for the sale and distribution of their products.
  • Res 821-2011, Resolution calling on the United States Congress to pass and the President to sign into law: (i) H.R.591/S.35, which would close the background check loophole at gun shows by establishing a background check procedure for all firearms sold at gun shows; and (ii) legislation requiring background checks for all private firearm sales.
  • Res 1122-2011, Resolution calling on the United States Senate and the President to oppose H.R. 822, known as the “National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011,” which would allow a resident from one state who has a license to carry a concealed handgun to lawfully carry his or her handgun into a different state, regardless of the licensing eligibility standards in the other state.
  • Res 1171-2011, Resolution supporting S.1973, the Gun Trafficking Prevention Act of 2012, which would amend the United States Code by creating the crime of trafficking or assisting in the trafficking of a firearm.
  • Res 1261-2012, Resolution condemning the senseless shooting of Trayvon Martin and the inadequate investigation that followed, expressing deep sympathy for the Martin family, and calling for a full and impartial investigation holding those responsible to account as well as an examination of “Stand Your Ground” laws nationwide and the role they play in the spread of illegal guns on New York City’s streets.
  • Res 1619-2012, Resolution expressing grief and sorrow for the victims and their families and for all those affected by the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and calling upon the President of the United States, the United States Congress, State and Local legislators, and all Americans to work together to reduce needless gun violence by making meaningful changes to gun control laws that will ensure that we are all kept safe from gun violence.
  • Res 1633-2013, Resolution calling on the President’s Interagency Task Force to Reduce Gun Violence to support the Gun Trafficking Prevention Act and the Fix Gun Checks Act in its final report.
  • Res 1647-2013, Resolution commending Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature for enacting the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act of 2013 and urging other states to pass similar gun control legislation.

Bonus. From the 10/31/08 NY Times, “For a Weapon With a Past, a New Life of Crime“:

“In a city whose mayor has been one of the nation’s most outspoken proponents of gun control, Councilwoman Diana Reyna of Brooklyn has distinguished herself by considering a bill to ban sales of a different weapon: the machete …”

RES 1737-2021

Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson has introduced RES 1737-2021 to the Public Safety Committee.  The resolution calls upon the Senate to pass universal background checks bill H.R.8.

Clown Council supporting “ghost guns” bill

New York City bill RES 1642-2021, Resolution calling upon the New York State Assembly to pass, and the Governor to sign, S.14/A.613, the Jose Webster Untraceable Firearms Act, has been introduced to the Public Safety Committee.

Biden’s “ghost guns” proposal

Stephen Gutowski has some details on reported plans by ATF to implement Joe Biden’s declaration to ban “ghost guns.”

They bare some resemblance to what Everytown has floated in NYC and Albany with respect to basically trying to define a receiver as anything that could be made into a receiver as per A-2666/S-13.

There would have to be public comment on any rule change so it is not a done deal. We can still kill it.

INT 2038-2020

INT 2038-2020 was introduced by Councilman Daniel Dromm to the Criminal Justice Committee.

According to the bill:

“… The council finds that it should be the policy of this city to promote the dignified and fair treatment of persons in the criminal justice system and in other institutions of confinement. The council declares that the use of outmoded terms, including “inmate” and “prisoner,” to refer to persons in custody in the criminal justice system and other institutions, is dehumanizing and demeaning to such persons, and that such terms should be eliminated from use in local law and replaced with terms that emphasize persons first, and not their circumstances …”

Idiocy like this is why people are leaving the City en masse.

Clown Council keeps handing out pork

The New York Post has an article on the NYC Council continuing to hand out pork to their cronies despite the current fiscal crisis.

What they don’t mention is this pork includes $55,000 to New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, same as FY2020.

It’s all about priorities.

RES 1334-2020 introduced

RES 1334-2020 was introduced to City Council.

It calls for Congress to fund the Cure Violence program, makes references to Gov. Cuomo’s “States for Gun Safety” coalition, and includes payoffs to so-called “violence interrupters.”

Gun design could derail charges

There is an interesting article in the Times, “Design of AR-15 Could Derail Charges Tied to Popular Rifle“, which could impact Gov. Cuomo’s “ghost guns” crap:

“A subtle design feature of the AR-15 rifle has raised a technical legal question that is derailing cases against people who are charged with illegally buying and selling the gun’s parts or building the weapon. At issue is whether a key piece of one of America’s most popular firearms meets the definition of a gun that prosecutors have long relied on. For decades, the federal government has treated a mechanism called the lower receiver as the essential piece of the semiautomatic rifle … But some defense attorneys have recently argued that the part alone does not meet the definition in the law. Federal law enforcement officials … are increasingly worried that it could hinder some criminal prosecutions and undermine firearms regulations nationwide … Cases involving lower receivers represent a small fraction of the thousands of federal gun charges filed each year. But the loophole has allowed some people accused of illegally selling or possessing the parts, including convicted felons, to escape prosecution. The issue also complicates efforts to address so-called ghost guns, which are largely untraceable because they are assembled from parts …”

I can see how the NYC prohibition law passed last fall could be subject to legal challenge based upon this article.  Not just black rifles, but Glock clones as well.

Nevertheless I’m not so naive as to think the Governor really cares about things like this.  He just wants to get his name and face before the camera signing some more gun control legislation.  If it gets knocked out by the courts sometime down the road, so what?