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Anti-Gunners Have .50 Caliber Firearms in the Crosshairs in the Empire State!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Please Contact Your Assembly Member Today! 

On Tuesday, February 9, Assembly Bill 9904, a bill that would ban the sale, use or possession of .50 caliber or larger firearms, has been referred to the Assembly Codes Committee in Albany.  This is a blatant attempt by anti-gunners to manufacture an issue to rejuvenate their gun-banning agenda.

With the demise of the Clinton Gun Ban, and several independent studies for the federal government showing that the "assault weapons" ban was ill-conceived, gun prohibitionists have found new firearms to demonize -- those chambered to fire the vintage .50 BMG cartridge. 

 

While anti-gunners try to put pressure on this issue, here are some facts they should consider:

  • .50 caliber rifles are not used in crimes--.50 caliber rifles are too large and heavy to be employed in normal criminal behavior.
  • .50 caliber rifles are also among the most expensive made, confining their purchase to dedicated marksmen and collectors.
  • Most people who own .50 caliber rifles are long-range target shooting experts. For more than a century, long-range target shooting competitions have attracted marksmen, and modern .50 caliber rifles are among the most accurate for long-range shooting.
  • .50 caliber rifle ammunition is not new. Contrary to anti-gunners' wild claims, the ammunition used in these rifles was invented shortly after World War I.
  • Despite outlandish claims from anti-gunners, Mk211 military ammunition is strictly controlled by the U.S. Armed Forces and not available to the general public.

Please contact your lawmakers TODAY and respectfully urge them to oppose A9904.

State Assembly Members can be reached by phone at (518) 455-4100.  To find your Assembly Member, please click here. 

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