“An upstate man was arrested under the state’s new gun law when troopers found him with a legally registered pistol that had a magazine that held nine bullets – two more than the new statute allows,” lohud.com reports. “Troopers from the New Lebanon barracks in Columbia County stopped a car driven by Gregory D. Dean Jr., 31, of Hopewell Junction, around 9:45 p.m. Sunday on Route 22 because the vehicle’s license-plate lamp was not working. While interviewing Dean, troopers noticed a handgun on the front seat, partially covered by a sweatshirt. The troopers determined the gun, a .40-caliber pistol, was legally registered and possessed. However . . .
when the troopers inspected the pistol, its magazine contained the nine bullets – New York’s Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act only allows seven bullets per magazine.
The cops charged Police charged Dean with unlawful possession of certain ammunition feeding devices and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation. They’re misdemeanors, but the odds are he’ll go down—and lose his gun rights.
This is not going to play well in Poughkeepsie. Or Peoria; theblaze.com has picked up the story and they’re running with it. Judging by the comments underneath the posts, The People of the Gun are not feeling the love for NY’s SAFE Act. Nor should they. Nor will they.
The incident will put mag cap limits back in the spotlight. And presages more anti-pistol policing to follow. Not to mention the fact that the clock is ticking on mandatory “assault rifle” registration in the Empire State (due by April 15, 2014). The odds of widespread civil disobedience—and/or a Ruby Ridge-type incident—just went up.