“The Nassau Democratic Committee has launched “Gun Shop Gaylor,” a website criticizing Legis. C. William Gaylor III (R-Lynbrook) for past legal work on behalf of a proposed “gun spa” — though he has decried the page as “sleazy politics.” … The GunShopGaylor.com website states: “So then why did Bill Gaylor support bringing a gun shop and shooting range to Lynbrook? To add insult to injury, not only did he support bringing guns into our community, he was even paid for this dangerous attempt.” …”
This is part of a much broader effort (especially on Long Island) to intimidate, shame and silence gun owners by implying the mere presence of guns increases violence and crime. The only alleged impropriety is that Gaylor did legal work for a business which wanted to sell firearms.
“… Gaylor said about three or four years ago, he represented a client looking to build a gun store and shooting range in Lynbrook. Gaylor said he helped the client in seeking zoning variance from the village. But the project, “never went forward, and the people didn’t buy the building that they were in contract for,” he said. In 2016, Queens security company ISS Action Inc. withdrew an application to the Lynbrook Village Board to build a “gun spa” — a combination shooting range and beauty parlor …”
That was probably for the best.
“Ghost guns” are the latest bugaboo so, of course, there’s an effort to ban them.
“… On Thursday, two Long Island legislators introduced a bill to outlaw ghost guns, calling the sale of such weapons “shocking.” “We have some of the strongest and most sensible gun laws in this state and to see how people find a way around gun laws is just amazing to me,” Sen. Anna Kaplan (D-North Hempstead), one of the bill sponsors, said. “They come with all the pieces. They give you a video to walk you through the (assembly) process. It takes less than one hour and you walk out with a gun with no serial number and the purchaser has not be subjected to a background check.” Kaplan and Assemb. Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove) are backing legislation that would prohibit the possession or sale of “unfinished frames and receivers” that can be assembled to make a firearm …”
Her Senate bill is S-6716. I don’t see the Assembly companion yet.
Here is the meat of the bill:
“UNFINISHED FRAME OR RECEIVER” MEANS A FRAME OR RECEIVER OF A FIREARM, RIFLE OR SHOTGUN WHOSE FIRE-CONTROL CAVITY IS COMPLETELY SOLID AND UN-MACHINED, AND WHICH MAY READILY BE MADE INTO A FUNCTIONAL FRAME OR RECEIVER THROUGH MILLING, DRILLING OR OTHER MEANS AND INCLUDES ANY EXPLANATION OTHER OBJECT, PART OR COMBINATION OF PARTS WHICH IS NOT A FUNCTIONAL FRAME OR RECEIVER BUT IS DESIGNED OR INTENDED TO BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE AND CAN BE READILY MADE INTO A FUNCTIONAL FRAME OR RECEIVER.”
Several similar bills were introduced late in the session. I expect the legislature to take up at least one version when the session resumes in January.
I believe Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick is the first local to jump on this “new” bandwaggon:
This is unlikely to succeed for two reasons:
- It was done before and nearly bankrupted Smith & Wesson.
- The market share of even large cities can dry up and blow away with negligible impact on the firearms and ammunition manufactures.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is holding multiple events across New Hampshire today, including events on gun control and health care.
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.