Albany Co. legislators introduce gun warning sign law

More garbage legislation on firearms dealers posting warning signs, this time in Albany County.

Here is the presser, “Albany County Legislature acts to address gun violence with local law requiring firearm retailers to display warning labels“.

Here is a copy of Proposed Local Law F of 2022.

Dutchess introduces firearms retailers signage law

Dutchess Co. Democrats have introduced a bill similar to Westchester’s calling for firearms retailers to post signs warning of the dangers of guns:

“The Democratic caucus of the Dutchess County Legislature, Monday night, introduced a gun warning resolution during the monthly board meeting, calling for warning signs to be posted anywhere a gun can be bought in the county … “We will not sit idly by and do nothing regarding gun violence,” said Minority Leader Yvette Valdes Smith. Assistant Minority Leader Barrington Atkins said, “Gun violence has ravaged the City of Poughkeepsie. This ordinance is to keep our public safe as gun violence is a public safety issue.” …”

Here is a copy of the proposed law.

Public hearing on proposed Riverhead ordinance

Here is a copy of the proposed Town of Riverhead ordinance prohibiting firearms sellers from operating downtown.

There will be a public hearing on the bill at the Town Board meeting scheduled for June 21 at 6:10pm at Riverhead Town Hall.

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Two possible scenarios for microstamping

Gun control advocates believe newly passed legislation will force manufacturers to adopt microstamping.

From the Associated Press:

“New York this week became the second state to enact a law intended to force firearms manufacturers to adopt microstamping, a technology in which guns imprint tiny codes on ammunition cartridges as they are fired — creating a unique signature police could use to help solve crimes. Big questions remain, though, about whether the new law will actually result in such guns being offered for sale … “The New York legislature has set up a more robust system that will produce a set of conditions and evaluations that doesn’t rely on the gun industry to give them a thumbs up or thumbs down,” said David Pucino, of the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence …”

The technology does not work.  It cannot work.  Both the firing pin and cartridge are moving in the chamber and hit each other multiple times at slightly different offsets resulting in a smeared mark.

One of two things is going to happen: Either the state will simply declare microstamping to be “viable” anyway resulting in stopping all new pistol sales, or it will never go into effect and be another failed boondoggle like CoBIS and the ammunition sales check database.

First of many such lawsuits

Last year Albany passed legislation, A-6762B/S-7196, encouraging lawsuits against the firearms industry based upon a “public nuisance” theory.

The first such lawsuit has been filed:

“A New York City woman wounded in last month’s mass shooting on a Brooklyn subway filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the maker of the handgun allegedly used in the attack and its parent company, accusing the firearm manufacturer of “reckless disregard for human life.” … In her lawsuit, filed in federal court in Brooklyn, Ilene Steur said Glock has “endangered the public health and safety” with the marketing, distribution and sales of its guns … In the lawsuit, Glock is accused of “marketing that emphasizes firearm characteristics such as their high capacity and ease of concealment, that appeal to prospective purchasers with criminal intent.” …”

This is complete BS. It’s like accusing McDonald’s of marketing burgers to fat people.

The PLCAA should block the case from moving forward, but the main idea behind the law is the flood the courts with such lawsuits and bleed the industry of money.

Anticipating a lawsuit against gun industry

Spectrum News reports:

“State lawmakers passed a law in 2021 that allows the New York state attorney general to sue gun manufacturers if they’re believed to have been negligent and if they may have played a part in gun violence. The law allows the AG to sue manufacturers even if they’re out of state … “All I can say to you is that there’s an ongoing investigation and we are developing some facts,” Attorney General Letitia James said when asked if her office would sue the manufacturer of the gun in the mass shooting last weekend in Buffalo that left 10 people dead and three others injured. “So until such time as we develop a fact pattern and we could identify some specific targets that engaged in negligence, then we will take action.” …”

The bill in question is A-6762B/S-7196. From the Justification statement:

“Virtually every illegal firearm was once legal. Our country is awash with legal and illegal firearms and the People are paying the price in money and misery wrought by the illegal use of legal firearms. This unacceptable situation poses specific harm to New Yorkers based largely on their zip code and certain immutable characteristics such as race and ethnicity. Given the ease with which legal firearms flow into the illegal market — in spite of stringent state and local restrictions — and given the specific harm illegal firearm violence causes certain New Yorkers, those responsible for the sale, manufacture, importing, or marketing of firearms should be held liable for the public nuisance caused by such activities …”

Back to the news report:

“… James says the law requires the state to find a pattern of nuisances in order for a case to carry any weight …”

No, it doesn’t.  From the bill itself:

“… No gun industry member, by conduct either unlawful in itself or unreasonable under all the circumstances shall knowingly or recklessly create, maintain or contribute to a condition in New York state that endangers the safety or health of the public through the sale, manufacturing, importing or marketing of a qualified product. All gun industry members who manufacture, market, import or offer for wholesale or retail sale any qualified product in New York state shall establish and utilize reasonable controls and procedures to prevent its qualified products from being possessed, used, marketed or sold unlawfully in New York state …”

The gun industry has filed a lawsuit challenging this new law in court. The law remains in effect during this time.

Given that Tish James is an antigun ideologue and given that Democrats are desperately trying to divert attention away from the total disaster that is the Biden administration, I believe she will file a lawsuit with much grandstanding in the near future. Even if it ultimately gets shot down in court by the PLCAA she will still claim victory by forcing the industry to waste money defending themselves in court.

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