Make gun-trafficking a federal crime

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand held a press conference today to introduce new legislation:

“… Gillibrand visited the Uniondale Public Library Monday to stand with advocates and survivors of gun violence and announce the reintroduction of the Hadiya Pendleton and Nyasia Pryear-Yard Gun Trafficking & Crime Prevention Act.  “I am proud to announce my legislation to make gun-trafficking a federal crime, and I urge all of my colleagues to join me in fighting to pass this essential bill, as well as two other pieces of legislation that would protect families in New York …” …  The bill would make it illegal to sell purchase, or transfer two or more firearms to someone whom the seller knows, or has reasonable cause to know, is a felon or convicted domestic abuser.  The bill would also make it illegal to provide false information on a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives firearms transaction record form …”

She had company at the presser:

The bills are not yet online so I’m not sure exactly what they do, but I’m pretty sure lying on a 4473 is already a felony. Maybe she’s making it a double, secret felony.

Yates Co. Supports H.R. 3576

The Yates County Legislature passed a resolution in support of H.R. 3576:

“… The legislature approved, by a vote of 10-3, with District 4 Legislator Bill Holgate absent, a resolution urging Congress to approve the Second Amendment Guarantee Act. The act, introduced by U.S. Rep Chris Collins of Clarence, would prohibit states or local governments from enacting restrictions on any part of a rifle or shotgun. It would also void the New York SAFE Act and any other current or future state or local law that exceeds federal law for rifles and shotguns. Chairman Timothy Dennis, Leslie Church, and Taylor Fitch cast the three no votes …”

H.R. 3576 currently has 14 co-sponsors.

Due process or not

Aside from their position on guns, what is the main difference between a pro and antigun legislator?

Their position on due process.

Exhibit A:Taking guns from dangerous hands

“… Sen. Brad Hoylman is urging colleagues to take action on his legislation that would take guns away from domestic abusers.  Hoylman, D-Manhattan, is calling on fellow senators to revisit and pass his Safe Homes Act (S.67) which would allow law enforcement to remove firearms from homes where a domestic abuse arrest is made … Specifically, Hoylman’s legislation would require police responding to a domestic violence incident to determine whether there are firearms present at the scene, and if an arrest is made, re-move the guns and gun licenses until the court adjudicating the offense authorizes their release …”

Exhibit B: “GOP lawmaker wants to keep guns from suspected terrorists

“… Rep. Lee Zeldin hopes to bar “known or suspected terrorists” from purchasing weapons that might be used to attack Americans. The New York Republican has a plan to allow the Justice Department to intervene when officials believe that a dangerous person is close to obtaining firearms or explosives … Zeldin’s bill breaks with analogous legislation by requiring the Justice Department to initiate a legal process to block a gun sale. “The burden should be on the government to prove whether someone is a known or suspected terrorist,” he said … In any case, the final decision over a sale would be made at a trial, which Zeldin notes would allow the would-be purchaser to contest the matter with a lawyer. That said, the government would have to show only probable cause for suspecting a terrorist connection, rather than proving something beyond a reasonable doubt …”

Tioga Co. supports H.R. 3576

The Tioga Co. legislature made their opinion known on 2A:

“… At the Sept. 12 session of the Tioga County Legislature, members unanimously passed a resolution urging Congress to pass the Second Amendment Guarantee Act (SAGA). The legislation, H.R. 3576 (SAGA), was proposed by Congressman Chris Collins (R-NY-27) and introduced into the House of Representatives in July of this year. In similar fashion as Tioga County, the Niagara County and Orleans County Legislatures in New York also passed resolutions in September …”

Good for them.

H.R.3576 isn’t exactly setting Congress on fire. It has only 14 co-sponsors and no Senate companion.

Still resolutions like this do have a purpose. It’s an eye-poke to Governor Cuomo and a reminder how much political clout passing his SAFE Act cost him.

Vance tries to link reciprocity to terrorism

Manhattan D.A. Cy Vance attempts to exploit the terrorist attack in an effort to derail federal reciprocity. The topic comes up at the 7:12 mark:

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?

Bumped off

Time is not on the side of the antigunners.

There is a limited window after an atrocity where they might be able to exploit it for political advantage:

“Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, and 25 additional members of Prosecutors Against Gun Violence (PAGV) today announced their strong support for the Automatic Gun Fire Prevention Act introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), which would ban the sale and possession of accessories used to increase the rate of fire on semi-automatic weapons …”

At this point the media has lost interest and it is reasonable to assume the antis window has closed.

Some people don’t want to accept that:

Whining Congress isn’t taking up your personal political agenda is undignified. It demonstrates weakness and proves lack of public support for the issue.

Playing hot potato

From the AP wire:

“… The slaying of five dozen people in Las Vegas did little to change Americans’ opinions about gun laws. The nation is closely divided on whether restricting firearms would reduce such mass shootings or homicides, though a majority favor tighter laws as they have for several years, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The massive divide on stricter limits remains firmly in place …”

In other words, antigun politicians are unlikely to be able to exploit this atrocity for legislative gain.

Even before this poll you could see it coming:

“… The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives has signaled to Congress that it would prefer new legislation instead of new regulation to impose restrictions on “bump stocks,” which could end up being a major hurdle to any federal action on the firearms accessory … “ATF is pushing for a legislative approach rather than going through an administrative process,” a House aide told the Washington Examiner. This aide said that during the meeting, the ATF didn’t clarify whether they could re-regulate bump stocks, but did raise the option of new legislation …”

Marc Thiessen opines:

Congressional Republicans are backing away from legislation banning “bump stocks”  … and are turning to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to ban them by executive action instead. “We think the regulatory fix is the smartest, quickest fix, and then, frankly, we’d like to know how it happened in the first place,”House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., said …”

They’re playing hot potato.  That’s a sure sign they want the issue to go away.  It probably will to except for a few places like Massachusetts and maybe New York where sympathetic politicians are desperately trying to keep the gun control movement alive.

Celebrity idiots

The Daily News reports:

“Hollywood stars Julianne Moore and Kyra Sedgwick threw their support Wednesday behind an effort to pressure lawmakers for more gun control laws …”

Fuck them.

Why the antigunners fail

Politicos put on a dog-and-pony show in Union Square yesterday calling for more gun control:

This is why the antigun agenda is mostly dead around the country except, of course, for a few places like New York.

It’s just the same tired, old bunch of professional politicians and activists talking to each other in an echo chamber. They’re not changing anyone’s mind. None of the City politicians are going to support bills like H.R.38 so why hold a rally there? Politicians don’t much care about protests outside their district regardless of the issue. Is Tom Reed going to pull his sponsorship from the bill because Scott Stringer is barking in the streets 400 miles from the district he represents? No.

The reason Union Square was chosen is because gun control advocates can’t generate any significant turnout elsewhere. People simply will not show up. Congressional Republicans need to recognize this and call B.S. on Maloney, Cy Vance, and the rest of the phonies and move the NRA’s agenda through Congress over their objections.

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