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New York: Don't Let Albany Politicians Trade Away Your Second Amendment Rights

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Call and e-mail your state Senator TODAY—Tell him or her to stop Governor Cuomo from punishing law-abiding citizens for the violent acts of criminals

Your Second Amendment rights are under attack in Albany, and your state Senator needs to hear from you TODAY.  Exploiting tragedy, Cuomo has launched an assault on your constitutionally protected civil liberties and will stop at nothing to make sure your other elected officials join him in shredding the U.S. and New York Constitutions that they are sworn to uphold.  Proving he has truly missed the mark when it comes to effective solutions to violent crime, Cuomo outlined yesterday a laundry list of recycled gun control proposals that only target and punish those who already obey the law!  These measures have failed across the country -- and have already failed in New York.   Anti-gun lawmakers are teaming with Cuomo to make sure you DON’T have a voice and that bills are quickly passed before the public has an opportunity to resist.  Even though this legislative session has only just begun, these bills can be introduced and voted on as early as Monday.  Stand up for your Second Amendment rights and make your voice heard now before it is too late.  Please contact your state Senator TODAY, and respectfully ask him or her to oppose legislation that does nothing more than target law-abiding gun owners. 

The Empire State already has imposed a ban on "assault weapons" and a ten-round magazine capacity limit.  New York already has some of the most stringent gun laws in the nation.  According to the Brady Campaign’s national ranking of state gun control laws, New York is the fourth “best” (most restrictive) state in the nation.  And when each of these bad proposals was enacted into New York law, politicians promised it would fix the crime problem – despite evidence to the contrary.  Years later, it is clear that these proposals have not worked.  Yet, we are supposed to believe these very same failed laws should be expanded.  Gun control has not worked because criminals, by definition, do not obey the law.  Refusing to learn history’s lesson, Cuomo is back demanding that you should believe the solution is in these same failed laws being “strengthened.”  This is the same Governor who repealed CoBis last session because that ballistic imaging database -- sold to the taxpayers of New York as a solution to violent crime -- was an expensive failure that cost the overburdened state $4 million annually without producing any results.

Cuomo has advised the Senate and Assembly to resist the pleas of “extremists,” his unflattering label for legal gun owners.  Cuomo demonstrated his lack of understanding of the U.S. Constitution when he declared, “It doesn’t take 10 bullets to kill a deer.”  Cuomo, who enjoys his own personal taxpayer-funded armed security detail, was silent on how useful 10 bullets would be if several armed intruders broke into your home.

Cuomo’s agenda identified several legislative proposals.  His administration is now focused on the following:

  • Requiring background checks on all private firearm transfers;
  • NICS checks for ammunition purchases;
  • Expansion of firearm registration;
  • Renewal and review of firearm permits;
  • Bans on semi-automatic “assault weapons,” “high capacity” magazines, and online ammunition and firearm purchases. 

Of course, none of this affects lawbreakers, and law-abiding gun owners would now be punished with another round of gun control and overburdened with taxes and fines that will have zero impact on public safety or violent crime.

Rather than follow New York’s example, most of the rest of the country has gone in the opposite direction in the last decade, as Second Amendment rights have received expanded recognition elsewhere.   Violent crime rates have dropped to record low levels in states that have NOT followed New York.  Yet, Cuomo insists we need another layer of restrictions in New York, and he naively believes other states will follow these failed measures!

NRA-ILA’s legislative liaison has been told that these proposals, being negotiated behind closed doors, will move quickly in Albany.  Anti-gun forces realize they must move with haste to circumvent a full debate on these failed ideas.  Your immediate action is needed.  Please contact your state Senator TODAY and respectfully ask him or her to oppose legislation that does nothing more than target law-abiding gun owners.   Your phone call or e-mail will play an important role in halting these assaults on your Second Amendment rights.

Contact information for your state legislators can be found by clicking here.

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