New York Safe Act changes may be on the way….
Apparently changes may be in store for the New York Safe Act. The Act was pushed through using a “message of necessity” that waived the legally required three-day waiting period (many argue the legality of this, questioning whether the immediate “necessity” was truly immediately required). Regardless, in their haste to get legislation through, perhaps the New York Legislature failed to consider that with a few exceptions for a few specific firearms, seven round magazines don’t exist. Hmmmm. After all, they did fail to make an exception in the new law for law enforcement officers. Or maybe they truly believe that seven rounds is sufficient for law enforcement as well. Not!
So now there is talk of changing the Act to allow ten round magazines. However, New York subjects (other than law enforcement) would only be allowed to insert a maximum of seven rounds into said magazine. If this passes, we should be sure to communicate this to all known criminals so they can remove rounds from their magazines to be in compliance with the newly updated law.
I am sure criminals would obey this like they obey laws against, oh, I don’t know, armed robbery, guns in gun free school zones, murder, felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful carry of a weapon…
At the expense of sounding repetitious, I say, we don’t have a gun problem. We have a people problem. We should focus on mental health issues, on drug issues, on economic issues (jobs) and on actual enforcement of the thousands of firearms laws already in existence. The Obama administration has admitted (via statistics) that it doesn’t really enforce the law with regards to NICS (background) checks. What makes us believe that expanding the scope of background checks will result in more aggressive enforcement.
I suspect almost all agree we would like to see reduced violence related to firearms. However, the feel-good measures currently being pursued are not going to have the positive effect we would be led to believe they would.