On 2/27/09 Bill number A06294 was referred to codes. This bill revises the current state assault weapon ban making it more strict. Significant changes include making the list of banned features larger which includes a muzzle brake or a vertical front grip. It defines assault weapons as having one of those features as opposed to one being allowed under the current ban. Detachable magazine is defined as “…can be removed from the firearm without use of any tool including a bullet or ammunition cartridge.” Any firearm classified as an assault weapon under the new law would require the gun to be rendered inoperable, turned in to law enforcement or registered in a database created by the law.
This bill is very similar to the ban that was introduced last year and died in the senate. With the democratic control of the state government this one may pass. Please write your representative and encorage them to oppose this bill.
Eric Massa (D-NY)
House democrats sent a letter to Eric Holder opposing the rumored revival of the expired federal assault weapon ban. Downrange.tv has a copy of the letter on their website. A total of 65 democrats signed the letter and among those was Eric Massa (D-NY) representing New York’s 29th district. Read the AP article about it here.
On 3/9/2009 democrats in the Albany County legislature introduced a proposal to regulate ammunition sales in Albany County. Under THIS LAW buyers would be required to produce identification, make model and serial of the firearm that it is for and its intended purpose. Ammunition registration has been proven ineffective in preventing crime in the past. This law is a back door firearm registration program.
If you’re in Albany County write and call your representative now. Contact information can be found on the Albany County website HERE.
After nine years the United States supreme court refused to consider the case after a lower court struck down the suit in 2005. The decision in 2005 was based on the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act which bans most suits against the firearms industry unless the manufacturer knowingly violates state or federal laws. The lawsuit was the misguided attempt of Mayor Bloomberg to hold gun manufacturers accountable for the acts of criminals.
Read the NRA’s article about the events HERE.
On February 26, 2009 the United States Senate voted on a bill that would restore the second amendment rights of the citizens of Washington DC. Although the bill passed, Kirsten Gillibrand, supposed pro-gun representative, voted no. Charles Schumer (D-NY) also voted no but that is no surprise.
The voting record for the bill can be seen HERE.
A summary of the portions of the bill that relate to firearms can be found HERE.
Doug Turnbull (Bloomfield, NY) is known for his firearm restoration and custom work by gun collectors, owners and dealers throughout the world. His shop’s work on rifles, shotguns and handguns includes finishing, barrel work, wood work and complete restoration. Take a look at their site for examples of their work, list of services and complete pricing.
handgunlaw.us is a great resource of information regarding carrying a handgun for self defense owned by Steve Aikens and Gary Slider. The site includes laws arranged by state, off limits places, non-resident permits, car carry information and a reciprocity map. The site has a great feature that lets you select which state permits you have and builds a map of what states honor your permits. It’s a good place to look for information especially if you plan to travel with your handgun. Although the site is kept up to date, be sure to verify the information on your own.
Check it out here: http://handgunlaw.us/
Check out a new page we just finished, entitled NYS Gun Laws. It has a reproduction of the NYS Gun Laws that the NRA has compiled.
We feel it is always important to know what laws are in place so you do not inadvertently break the law and face serious penalties.
We are working on putting together some more content for the main site. Some of the pages we’re working on a shooting range directory as well as a firearms business directory. Keep checking back as we add more content. We will also be doing reviews on various guns, accessories, parts, etc!
We’ve just put up a new page with some very important gun safety rules. It describes many of the common rules seen on NRA documents, and other organization’s gun safety rules. Take a look at the page and read over the rules. There could be some rules that you have not read in the past. Let us know what you think!
Welcome to NY Firearms!
This site has been created in response to a lack of a good discussion forum and site dedicated to firearms in New York State. With seemingly stricter and stricter gun laws in the state, we need to strengthen our community and get together to ensure our 2nd amendment rights are protected.
Go over to our forums and sign up to discuss with your fellow New Yorkers!