According to the Daily News:
“A Manhattan state senator wants to make “ghost guns” disappear. Sen. Brad Hoylman, a Democrat, is introducing a bill that would ban ghost guns and 3-D firearms in New York …”
I generally don’t like commenting on legislation until I’ve had a chance to read the bill, but in this case I don’t need to. There is absolutely no way to enforce such a law. I’m sure Hoylman will get some model legislation from Brady, Moms or someone and intro a bill based on it but without a practical way to enforce the penalties who cares what they are?
“… “Thanks to the Trump administration, anyone in America or across the world — be it a teenager, felon or terrorist — can evade a background check and manufacture a dangerous weapon with a click of a button,” Hoylman said. “This is an existential threat to gun control as we know it.” …”
This statement is very telling.
Notice he does not say this is a threat to public safety. Hoylman says it is a threat to gun control itself. That is an exaggeration, especially with current technology, but consider a possible impact on the SAFE Act. If a person can easily and cheaply produce plastic magazines in the privacy of their home the SAFE limitation is mostly voided. Better still, as a political act of defiance, magazines with Hoylman’s face printed on them could be made in bulk and dropped in public locations, kinda like Johnny Appleseed. Hoylman’s choice of words prove his real motivation is ideological and not a genuine concern for public welfare.
Metal printing is more complicated, but it is reasonable to assume that it will be better, faster and cheaper in 5-10 years than it is now. That is what is really needed for home production. Antigun hysterics will become more entertaining as the technology matures.
This story assumes that 3D printing is limited to plastics. Other materials, possibly some sort of carbon fiber, cermanics or metal sintering, could also be used as the technology matures.
Coming on the heels of last week’s endorsement by the Brady Campaign of Governor Cuomo are these two endorsements by Giffords:
- Antonio Delgado (NY-19), Antonio Delgado embodies the American Dream. The child of General Electric workers in Schenectady, New York, his work ethic and determination earned him a Rhodes Scholarship and degree from Harvard Law School. Antonio knows the gun violence epidemic threatens that dream for too many Americans today, which is why he is committed to keeping firearms out of the hands of convicted criminals and terrorists, as well as funding gun violence research at the Center for Disease Control. He is running against John Faso, who put the gun lobby’s interests before New York law enforcement’s by voting for their top priority, concealed carry reciprocity.
- Joe Morelle (NY-25), State Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle has a proven record of fighting for gun violence prevention policies that save lives. Thanks to his determination, New York has some of the strongest gun laws in the nation. Joe knows that Second Amendment rights can be balanced with measures to keep firearms out of the hands of dangerous people, and he will be a champion for these common-sense policies in Congress.
I don’t see these endorsements as having much of an impact. The Cook Political Report currently lists NY-19 as Republican Toss Up and NY-25 as Likely Democrat. Guns already proved to be a non-issue in the NY-19 primary and with NY-25 a long held Democrat district who cares?
One of the purposes of this blog is to hopefully get New York gun owners thinking of practical ways to reform our gun laws. I don’t deal in nonsense like dividing the state in two.
One of the best examples of smart politics arrived in my mailbox:
So many gun problems in the state would go away if more people like Bill and clubs like the Cuba RGC would step up and organize events such as this. Helping candidates directly raise campaign funds is the most powerful thing activists can do in support of 2A.
Turning the bullshit-o-meter up to 11:
Mike Bloomberg’s gun control front group Everytown for Gun Safety hired a Albany lobbying firm this year. Everytown has been registered with JCOPE since 2011 but never really did anything. This year they hired Ostroff Associates to represent them.
They only legislation they were pushing were the “extreme risk protection order” bill A-8976B/S-7133A and A-2977/S-4363 which would create a “firearm violence research institute.” The former got a lot of attention during the session, but the later didn’t even move in the Assembly.