“It’s just a massive assault on the Second Amendment.” That’s the evergreen reaction of New York Rifle & Pistol Association executive director Tom King at the news that the New York Legislature has rubber stamped a five-bill bundle of new gun control laws for the Empire State.
Among the measures that Governor Soprano will be only too happy to sign into law are bills that will outlaw teachers carrying guns and creation of an expansive red flag law that will allow school officials, family members and law enforcement to request a court order to grab a gun owner’s firearms.
(G)un rights advocates say existing state gun laws that can block gun sales to individuals deemed a threat by certain health professionals have proven to be difficult and costly for people – later found not to be a threat – to get their firearms returned. “I don’t want mentally challenged individuals getting a firearm, but this red flag law lacks any sense of due process,” said King, the NRA board member.
We don’t know what the record is for the fastest bill-signing following passage by a state legislature, but look for Andrew Cuomo to vie for the title when these hit his desk.
“No one wants to take guns from legal owners who are mentally healthy. We don’t want people who are mentally ill or past felons to have guns. That’s all this is,” the Democratic governor added.
The Governor’s assurances that no one wants to take your guns will no doubt provide a lot of comfort for New York’s gun owners.