Remember New York’s post-Newtown SAFE Act – passed in the dead of night 20 minutes after introduction and signed by Governor Cuomo inside the statutory three-day waiting period (as an emergency measure)? The act mandated background checks for ammunition purchases. The state’s statists dragged their feet on that bit, claiming they didn’t have the infrastructure for the job. Since when has that stayed the hand of perfidious politicians? Since they were worried about political blowback, that’s when. Now that the Empire State’s civilian disarmament corps have survived the mid-terms, mandatory background checks for ammo purchases are ready to go. Well, after . . .
the hunting season is over (as syracuse.com reports).
Without giving an anticipated start date, a spokeswoman from the state’s Office of Information Technology Services (ITS), said the system will definitely not be in place during this fall’s hunting season.
“That is correct,” said Michelle Germain McDonald, director of public information for the ITS. The regular firearms season for hunting big game (deer and bear) starts Saturday in the Southern Zone.
“ITS is working in tandem with the State Police to endure that the data base will serve as an efficient and effective background check system that minimizes inconveniences to retailers and purchasers, and it will endure that ammunition is not purchased by criminals and the mentally ill,” she said. “This is a complex system that supports many complicated business processes.
“Pursuant to the Safe Act, the system will be considered complete after the Superintendent of State Police certifies that it is operational and that all business processes are functioning as required.”
The wheels of tyranny may grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly fine. Speaking of ammo, New York remains a powder keg. Just sayin’.