The, uh, friendly missives that the NYPD recently sent to owners of the wrong kinds of guns has caused something of a stir. In the wake of our post, though, some doubts were raised about the letters’ authenticity. You know…Photoshop and all. Surely that can’t be real, right? Some dug around in authoritative sources like forum posts and then dismissed the whole kerfuffle as a hoax. Well, we have this to say about that. First, don’t call us Shirley. Second, foxnews.com has now confirmed the story . . .
An estimated 500 recipients of the notices, which were mailed on Nov. 18, were given the options to surrender their gun, permanently move the gun out of city jurisdiction or employ a licensed gunsmith to modify the weapon to get into compliance with the law. Rifles and shotguns with a capacity of five or more rounds are affected.
The letters aren’t directly related to New York’s egregious new SAFE Act. But the Orwellian-monikered statute that was rammed through the Assembly may have emboldened particularly anti-2A jurisdictions like New York City to step up their enforcement efforts.
“These letters appear to be another example of the Nanny State,” (New York State Assemblyman James) Tedisco said. “Hypothetically, it can start with a letter, and then that can lead to someone knocking on your door saying, ‘I want to see your gun.'”
What could possibly go wrong?