The fact is only 5 out of the 50 states require registration of firearms which might fall into this category. New York is one of these states. Counties have long been established as the centers of handgun registrations and the system works well. Let's leave well enough alone.
There is no registration system [nor should there be] for long guns in New York. Unfortunately, NY State became involved in the registration of rifles following passage of the so-called “SAFE” Act in 2013. These are commonly owned semi-automatic rifles misconstrued as “assault weapons” by many. Statistics show that the most common “assault weapons” utilized in crimes are actually body parts…hands, feet and even sneakers according to a judge in one Upstate county.
The state lost a court case and was forced to divulge that a mere 5% of the estimated number of so-called “assault weapons” in NY were registered. Undoubtedly this was an embarrassment to state officials.
Law-abiding NY State citizens are not fond of registrations, regardless of the item being registered. Firearms are considered private property and these citizens resent any government regulation of such.
“Ghost gun” parts can be used to fabricate a handgun or even an AR-15. The parts are widely available across the country in stores and online. Law-abiding citizens can legally buy an unfinished lower receiver without a background check. Ghost guns have been mainly popular with gun enthusiasts but have also become a weapon of choice for criminals. But such behavior is not the fault of law-abiding citizens.
Criminals by nature do not obey laws. Why make law-abiding citizens pay the price for criminal behavior? Why must layer upon layer of gun control laws be passed when many are never enforced or are valueless?
Legislators commonly ask: “what type of gun control laws can I support.” Sorry, but this is the wrong question to ask. Consider the following as an aid to decision making:
1) Start with principle: No one’s freedom should depend on the behavior of the lawless or the ineptitude of government.
Liberals, the Left, Progressives offer one solution — ban “assault weapons” which, in video clip after video clip, they cannot define. The Florida shootings show the failure of government agencies at every level: federal, state, and local. And the proposed fix is to give more power to the institutions that drove the truck into the ditch?
2) So what can we do? Address root causes of violence — but this requires hard work! Remember “assault weapons” were banned under President Clinton, with no impact. Begin with facts: