RES 1044 introduced today

Councilman Fernando Cabrera introduced RES 1044 to the Clown Council’s Public Safety Committee today:

Whereas, According to the most recent published statistics by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on National Vital Statistics, in 2016 there were 38,658 firearm related deaths in the U.S.; and

Whereas, The AR-15 firearm is a lightweight semi-automatic rifle, which is generally used for hunting but has been used in mass shootings including Sandy Hook Elementary School and the 2017 harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas; and

Whereas, In an effort to stem the potential of future mass shootings, on January 15, 2013, New York State passed the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (“SAFE”) Act, making New York the first state to implement comprehensive and holistic reforms to address the gun violence plague since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School; and

Whereas, The SAFE Act, among other things, amends the definition of assault weapon to capture more dangerous weapons, such as the AR-15, by defining them as (i) a semiautomatic rifle or pistol that has an ability to accept a detachable magazine and has at least one military-style characteristic such as a folding stock or protruding pistol grip; and

Whereas, In an effort to skirt New York State law, gun manufacturers have been producing “modified” AR-15 firearms that technically declassify them as an assault weapon, thus allowing for their sale in the state; and

Whereas, AR-15s are modified by removing their protruding pistol grip and their adjustable stock, which then makes the firearm compliant with New York State law; and

Whereas, For all intent and purposes, the modified firearm still functions as an assault weapon; and

Whereas, On June 30, 2017, Dr. Henry Bello, a former and disgruntled employee of Bronx Lebanon Hospital, walked into the facility with a modified AR-15 assault rifle, which he purchased at an upstate gun shop, and shot seven individuals, killing Dr. Tracy Sin-Yee Tam and wounding six others before turning the gun on himself; and

Whereas, This tragedy may have been averted if the assailant was not permitted to purchase this modified assault weapon; and

Whereas, New York State should close the statutory loophole permitting such modification and outlaw these firearms, as the SAFE Act was first intended to do; and

Whereas, New York State will be a safer place when any modification to an AR-15 is made illegal; now, therefore be it

Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls on the New York State Legislature to introduce and pass and for the Governor to sign legislation making it illegal to remodify an AR-15 firearm.

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Speaking of “ghost guns”

Two weeks ago the Clown Council discussed legislation pertaining to “ghost guns.”

Today there’s this:

Transportation Security Administration stopped a man with 3D-printed handgun part in his carry-on baggage at LaGuardia Airport, CBS New York reported. The traveler from Kansas was stopped at a security checkpoint with the weapon July 3. The item included the trigger and body of the gun …”

Not sure why someone would carry the parts in carry-on bags, unless that is all they had.

I don’t think it’s paranoid to say local media is looking for stories to support this legislation.

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Committee hearings on “ghost guns”

The following gun bills were discussed at yesterday’s meeting of the Public Safety Committee:

  • INT 1553-2019, Prohibits the possession of unfinished frames or receivers.
  • INT 1548-2019, Requires the NYPD to report quarterly on the number of 3D-printed guns and so-called “ghost guns,” defined as firearms assembled using an unfinished lower receiver, that are seized by the department.
  • RES 866-2019, Resolution calling on Congress to pass, and the President to sign, H.R. 7115 the 3-D Firearms Prohibition Act.
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Wednesday’s Newsbits:




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Friday’s Newsbits:




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NYC City Council on “ghost” guns

A typical tactic of the Left is to make up some phony issue, in this case “ghost” guns, get some of their elected supporters at the local level to pass legislation and/or memorializing resolutions which addresses the “problem”, and use this a mechanism to push for state and/or federal action on similar bills.

With astroturf advocating in Albany this week for even more gun control, I knew the Clown Council was going to chime in on this.

They did not disappoint:

“It will be a crime to own parts that can be used to forge homemade untraceable guns, under new legislation two City Council members are introducing Wednesday, the Daily News has learned. The bootleg weapons — which do not have serial numbers — making them impossible to trace, are commonly referred to as “ghost guns” … City Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal (D-Manhattan) said it is “unnerving” that anyone with an internet connection and enough technical expertise can make a customized gun at home … Daneek Miller (D-Queens), who co-sponsored the bills with Rosenthal, said the NYPD has told him police have recovered some ghost guns but did not have a specific number … Miller thinks the bill is a chance to make a statement that might lead to federal legislation down the line. “New York City should be a leader, getting ahead of this,” Rosenthal said …”

Bill numbers are RES 866-2019 and INT 1548-2019.

The Resolution calls upon Congress to enact H.R.7115 from the 2017-18 session. The Introduction amends local law.

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Voter guide for Public Advocate

The special election for NYC Public Advocate will be this Tuesday.

Gotham Gazette has a list of the nearly two dozen candidates running in the non-partisan election.  Because of the number of candidates one could win with a small plurality of votes.  The office itself is vaguely defined and has little actual power, but can be used as a soapbox and springboard for higher office as Letitia James did.  For this reason gun owners should make the best voting decision with the materials given.

Going down the list, vote AGAINST these candidates in order:

Victory shall be defined as Jumaane Williams losing.  He’s easily the worst of the bunch on 2A.

The rest of the candidates do not have public positions on guns that I’m aware of.

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RES 1781-2017

Councilman Andy King introduced RES 1781-2017 to the Committee on Public Safety on Tuesday.

The resolution calls for the state legislature to enact a law making parents or custodial guardians responsible of minors possessing a firearm.

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Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right

As expected, the Clown Council passed into law Int 1724-2017:

“… The City Council voted Tuesday to require the NYPD to give out warnings to people applying for gun licenses and permits about the risks of firearm ownership, including higher suicide and accident rates … [Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito] said the goal is to “do to firearm ownership what cigarette warnings have done to tobacco consumption, by igniting a national movement to educate the public.” …”

If only they acted sooner, maybe this would have deterred Sayfullo Saipov.

While this was going on, the jokers at the Rochester City Council came out in opposition to reciprocity:

“Rochester City Councilmembers have issued a formal proclamation opposing legislation in Congress that would seek to establish Concealed Carry Reciprocity. Councilmember Molly Clifford said the law would give states less control over guns … “We certainly support legal gun ownership, but we think that it is important to take whatever steps we can to make sure that we have common sense gun regulations here in New York.” …”

If our laws are “common sense”, why are 42 states right-to-carry?

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Int 1724-2017

City Council bill Int 1724-2017 is on the move.

The Post has the story:

“… The City Council Public Safety Committee voted 6-1 Monday to require the NYPD to hand out written warnings about the risks of gun ownership to new applicants for firearm permits …”

What exactly is the warning?

“Warning: The presence of a firearm in the home has been associated with an increased risk of death to self and others, including an increased risk of suicide, death during domestic violence incidents, and unintentional deaths to children and others.”

What brain trust came up with this?

“… “Just like the [Surgeon General’s] warning that you see on the side of cigarette packs have changed the perception of smoking, these gun warnings are the first step to changing the public’s conversation,” said Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson, a co-sponsor of the gun bill.  “We would be one of the first major jurisdictions to enact this type of legislation.” …”

This is why I’m not a “progressive.”  I’ve read a lot of dumb bills over the years but this ranks right up near the top.

BTW, who was smart enough not to support this idiocy?

“… Steven Matteo (R-Staten Island), the Republican leader, was the only committee member to oppose the committee’s legislative package …”

Good for him.

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