And a sarcastic Merry Christmas to those who think that it can’t happen in America….
The New York City Police Department (NYPD) is sending out letters telling gun owners to turn over their rifles and shotguns — or else face the consequences.
New York City’s ban on rifles and shotguns that hold more than five rounds is now being enforced, according to a letter the NYPD is sending out to targeted city gun owners.
New York and New York City possess more unconstitutional laws about guns than other municipalities. How so? Like this: There is no requirement to obtain a State permit to buy a long gun but a State permit is needed to buy a handgun. New York City is more restrictive and requires a permit to buy a rifle or a shotgun plus it requires that every rifle or shotgun be registered. Gun registration is how NYC knows to target certain gun owners who have magazine capacities that exceed five rounds. (In an amusing fashion, the State of New York permits having a 10-round magazine provided that only 7 rounds are in it when you are outside of a shooting range, hunting, or in your home.You cannot have 10 rounds in it if you are on your property, outside of your home, and not hunting. The state has decided that 7 rounds is enough for you regardless of circumstances.) NYC residents are limited to 5 round capacity in their shotguns and rifles by city ordinance. Plus they cannot purchase more than one long gun in a 90-day period of time. Obviously NYC does not support the 2nd Amendment and just as obviously,no cases have yet made it to the Supreme Court.
The question I have is how can you be a law abiding citizen one year and a criminal the next year by what you purchased? And how can your gun property be seized (or you forced to surrender it) when clearly the law has infringed on your right to possess firearms?
The answer is that New York and other states express disdain and contempt for the clear language in the Constitution by passing laws that infringe on your right to have firearms.
If you accept that the Second Amendment was intended to give you a weapon to shoot tyrants( as Judge Napolitano said) then you should oppose gun registration, permits to purchase firearms, plus oppose limitations on magazine capacities.
I sure hope that criminals in NYC are law abiding about gun ownership while breaking other laws, don’t you? And I hope that law abiding citizens are not declared criminals because of unconstitutional gun laws.
Just imagine a call to arms in Revolutionary America and getting this letter back:
Dear George Washington,
I regret that I cannot join your revolutionary army at this time. Oh, I would like to join your campaign to rout the British soldiers from New Jersey and New York City but the weapons I have are not sufficient for me to go up against the lawful and mighty armies of King George. King George instituted laws in New York City and Tarrytown areas that control my firearms and because of that all my musket pistols and rifles are registered with the local magistrate who, if I join your army, may take any remaining firearms from my family, or my extended family, and reduce their personal protection. Your campaign against the tyrant King George is limited by the ability and number of weapons that can be brought by we volunteers. Unfortunately, the King has seen fit to reduce the utility of weapons in our possession. Of the weapons that I could bring, I can only carry 5 musket balls and enough powder and flint for five shots by law. I will need more than that to ensure my personal protection when trying to kill soldiers in the British Army. Another example, I am not allowed to conceal my pistols on my person. I need to do that in order to prevent them from being observed by British spies while I am traveling along the road to join you. If I am caught with concealed weapons, law officers will arrest me and perhaps impress me into the Royal Navy. Yet I cannot carry them openly either because I will be stopped and harassed by law officers and British soldiers alike. I did not make these rules but if I am arrested before joining your army, how does that help your cause?
Good Luck with your recruitment, I sincerely hope that you win this war. I just don’t know how I can help. The local laws have reduced my ability to kill British law enforcement and British military personnel who have better weapons than I do. If you win, perhaps you can do something in the future to ensure more people have weapons to overthrow tyrants should it become necessary. If you lose the New Jersey-New York areas, we will remain under General Howe for some time and my family will have to live with that. I must consider the best interests of my family. So please do not contact me again. I do not wish to be known as a revolutionary sympathizer and have my mail read, my home searched, my whereabouts tracked, and under God-knows-what-kind of surveillance.
Signed, Supportive in Spirit