Second Amendment Foundation Sues Bloomberg Over “Firearms Poll Tax”

“New York City’s $340 fee for a 3-year ‘Residence Premises’ handgun license far exceeds the fee charged by any other U.S. jurisdiction for comparable licensure.” According to the Second Amendment Foundation’s Summary Judgment Motion, the Big Apple’s license fee “amounts to a prohibitive ‘poll tax’ just to exercise a Constitutional right.” In other words, like charging African Americans to vote, hitting-up NYC gun owners for a Benjamin-per-year to own a gun upon which they’ve already paid tax (and isn’t costing the City a dime) is unconstitutional gun control legislation by another name. And while we’re waiting for the federal court system to defend gun rights, again, still, how about a little gun registration scheme? Or a big one . . .

The New York City Council has referred Res 0844-2011 to committee. It’s a . . .

Resolution in support of S.2994, which would amend the New York State Penal Law to require firearm owners to register their firearms on an annual basis with the county clerk’s office in the county where the owner resides, except in New York City where residents would be required to register their firearms at their local police precincts.

Do you know why the framers of the New York State Constitution didn’t include a right to bear arms? Because they thought it was redundant. Is that funny or what?

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  1. avatar Greg in Allston says:

    Robert, would you please cite the early NY legislature’s failure to add a 2A to the state constitution because of redundancy? Those references would be very handy to have in my tool box for future use. Many thanks.

      1. avatar Greg in Allston says:

        Not dry at all in my opinion. Quite rich and nourishing in fact. Pages 82 -85 in Halbrook’s tome, truly excellent and just what I was looking for! Again, many thanks. I’ll be readng the whole book in due course.

  2. avatar ihatetrees says:

    Just for comparative fun, in an apples to orangutans way…
    If South Carolina added a $400 tax to abortions (or an annual $10000 registration fee to abortion doctors), how long before a federal judge issued an injunction?

  3. avatar BLAMMO says:

    This happened a couple months ago. Is there something new to the story?
    http://www.saf.org/viewpr-new.asp?id=352

  4. Same thing with NJ, RKBA was not included in the State Constitution because the Framers said it was ‘self evident’.

    sigh.

  5. avatar threeper says:

    The right of a citizen to bear arms, in lawful defense of himself or the State, is absolute. He does not derive it from the State government. It is one of the high powers” delegated directly to the citizen, and `is excepted out of the general powers of government.’ A law cannot be passed to infringe upon or impair it, because it is above the law, and independent of the lawmaking power.” [Cockrum v. State, 24 Tex. 394, at 401-402 (1859)]

    In Murdock v. Pennsylvania (1943) the Supreme Court stated that a constitutionally-protected right may not be licensed, nor a fee charged.

    In Shuttlesworth v. Birmingham, Alabama (1962) the Supreme Court decided that “If the state does attempt to convert a liberty into a privilege, the citizen can engage in the right with impunity.”

    The legislators of NY have committed treason by violating their Oath of Office to the Constitution by enacting anything that contradicts the rights of “we the people” and we all know the penalty for treason, right?

  6. avatar BOBFROMBC says:

    AS AMRERICAS’ GUNS GOES, SO GOES AMERICA.

    BOBFROMBC

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