“Gun magazines packing the massive firepower of up to 30 bullets should be long gone from New York since state lawmakers banned them in 1994,” nydailynews.com reports. “They’re not.” Dum-dum-DUMMMM. “The Daily News this week accompanied State Sen. Eric Adams (D-Brooklyn) to two gun stores near Albany that routinely sell the high-capacity clips.” Adams? I spoke to his office yesterday, about the $4 million dollar SNUG (GUNS spelled backwards) Violence Interrupters program. And no, I didn’t make that up. So now it’s high-capacity magazines, eh? In New York? How is that POSSIBLE? . . .
Both stores Adams visited claim they sell the old, legal models.
At Guns Inc. in Rensselaer, a Daily News hidden camera looked on as Adams bought two 30-round magazines for an AK-47 assault rifle.
The senator used his credit card to buy the clips – at $42.19 each – and walked out less than five minutes later without even having to show identification.
Because he doesn’t have to! I call loophole! As does Adams and his pals at the New York Daily News.
Legal experts say there is a glaring loophole: There’s often no way to tell when a magazine was made.
No law requires gunmakers to put a serial number or any kind of identifying mark on a clip unless it was made during the now-expired federal assault weapons ban, which ran from 1994 to 2004.
The New York ban did not expire, and gun control advocates warn gun owners and stores could potentially buy new magazines in another state and pass them off here as a pre-1994 version.
“All somebody would have to do is show an old receipt. You couldn’t know for sure,” said Paul Helmke of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
“This is why we need stronger federal laws because even when states do the right thing, it’s hard for them to do so effectively when you can just go to the next state.”
To quote Brian, wait, what? Adams didn’t go to the next state. Double loophole! Of course, simple possession of a new high cap mag in New York is a crime. So . . . we need another law? Yup.
Adams is proposing similar legislation[(to the federal high cap mag ban mooted by fellow New York pol Carolyn McCarthy] for New York.
“This bill is going to close the loophole so the clips are banned, period,” Adams said. “The more rounds you’re able to discharge prior to having to reload, the more dangerous you are.”
While the News seems to be shilling for Adams and his ilk, at least they end with a withering rebuke. Well, it would be withering if politicians like Adams had any shame. Which, of course, they don’t.
“What are they going to ban next?” asked a manager of Guns Inc., who refused to give his name. “I think a state senator has more to do and worry about in this environment than how many bullets a guy can put into a gun.”