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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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

Signs, Signs, Everywhere are Signs

When doing research on Dan Garodnick, who is considering running against de Blasio in a primary, I missed this gem he introduced to the Clown Council:

Int 1175-2016 – A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to placement of signs on all bridges and tunnels entering the City warning of the penalty for possessing a firearm.

§ 19-901 Signs regarding firearm possession. The commissioner of transportation shall post signs at each exit leading into the city, of each bridge and tunnel having only one terminus in the city, stating that the possession of any firearm by a person not licensed by the city to possess that firearm is a criminal offense that is punishable by imprisonment, as per articles 70.15 and 265 of the penal law.

I have a better idea and I know just where to put it:

 

Garodnick considering challenging de Blasio

According to the Post, Councilman Dan Garodnick is considering challenging Mayor de Blasio in a Democrat primary:

“Manhattan Councilman Dan Garodnick is talking with former political leaders, Democratic consultants, and donors about whether they would back his candidacy for mayor, political sources said … Sources close to the pol, whose term ends next January, said he is “50-50” about challenging the mayor in September’s primary …”

Garodnick has sponsored the following bills and resolutions during his time on the City Council:

  • Int 0240-2006 – Penalties associated with the sale of toy guns.
  • Int 0362-2006 – A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the City of New York, in relation to a gun offender registry.
  • Int 0365-2006 – Banning firearms, rifles, or shotguns that are colored so as to appear to be toy guns.
  • Res 0821-2011 – Close the background check loophole at gun shows by establishing a background check procedure for all firearms sold at gun shows. (H.R.591/S.35)
  • Res 1171-2011 – Supporting S.1973, the Gun Trafficking Prevention Act of 2012.

This records makes him slightly better than Tony Avella.  So the new order of preference for candidates in a Democrat primary is:

  • Anyone not Bill de Blasio.
  • Anyone not Tony Avella.
  • Anyone not Dan Garodnick.

Office to Prevent Gun Violence

Int 1470-2017 has been introduced to the City Council by Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo.  The bill would authorize the Mayor to create an Office to Prevent Gun Violence.

According to the bill, the function of the office director would be:

  1. advise and assist the mayor in planning, developing and coordinating efforts to reduce gun violence;
  2. engage with members of the community, elected officials, and other interested groups and individuals to develop further strategies to reduce gun violence;
  3. review the budget requests of all agencies for programs related to gun violence, recommend budget priorities among such programs, and assist the mayor in prioritizing such requests

The real function of the office director would be:

  1. to allow the Mayor to put one or more of his otherwise unemployable cronies on the City payroll;
  2. acting as a defacto lobbyist for gun control organizations;
  3. reviewing the budget requests of all agencies and recommending budget priorities which funnel monies to politically connected associates of both the Mayor and City Councilmembers;
  4. self-aggrandizement and positioning the director to run for elected office and repeat the cycle all over again

The bill current sits in the Governmental Operations Committee.

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