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Gun Registration and Ownership Tax Introduced in the New York Senate

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Please contact members of the Senate Codes Committee! 

A bill has been introduced in the New York Senate that would require gun owners to register all of their firearms.  Senate Bill 2994 has been referred to the Senate Codes Committee, but currently no hearing date has been set.

Sponsored by state Senator Eric Adams (D-20), S. 2994 would require firearms to be registered with a $15 per gun fee.  An additional $10 would be charged annually for renewal.  This registration legislation would require gun owners to list the serial number and model of every gun they own, in addition to personal information.  Gun owners know that criminals will never register their illegally possessed guns and, in fact, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Haynes v. U.S. (309 U.S. 85 (1968)) that since felons are prohibited from owning firearms, compelling them to register their guns would violate their Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination.  In addition, this ill-conceived legislation would constitute a substantial state tax on gun ownership.  Historically, these failed registration schemes have also been very costly for jurisdictions to maintain, and they have been completely ineffective.  Registration is a dangerous step toward confiscation and an assault on the Second Amendment. 

Please contact members of the Senate Codes Committee and respectfully ask them to oppose S. 2994.  Contact information for this committee is listed below.

Senate Codes Committee:

Senator Stephen M. Saland (R-41), Chairman
(518) 455-2411
saland@nysenate.gov

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-50)
(518) 455-3511
jdefranc@senate.state.ny.us

Senator Thomas K. Duane (D-29)
(518) 455-2451
duane@senate.state.ny.us

Senator Adriano Espaillat (D-31)
(518) 455-2041
espailla@nysenate.gov

Senator John J. Flanagan (R-2)
(518) 455-2071
flanagan@senate.state.ny.us

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. (R-8)
(518) 455-3341
fuschill@senate.state.ny.us

Senator Patrick M. Galivan (R-59)
(518) 455-3471
gallivant@nysenate.gov

Senator Michael Gianaris (D-12)
gianaris@nysenate.gov

Senator Martin J. Golden (R-22)
(518) 455-2730
golden@senate.state.ny.us

Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D-10)
(518) 455-3531
shuntley@nysenate.gov

Senator Andrew J. Lanza (R-24)
(518) 455-3215
lanza@senate.state.ny.us

Senator Michael F. Nozzolio (R-54)
(518) 455-2366
nozzolio@senate.state.ny.us

Senator Thomas F. O’Mara (R-53)
(518) 455-2091
omara@nysenate.gov

Senator Kevin S. Parker (D-21)
(518) 455-2580
parker@senate.state.ny.us

Senator Bill Perkins (D-30)
(518) 455-2441
perkins@senate.state.ny.us

Senator Daniel L. Squadron (D-25)
(518) 455-2625
squadron@senate.state.ny.us 

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