Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2010 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

It never ceases to amaze me how Legislators just don’t seem to get the concept of reality. Especially an individual who as a former Police Officer should know the Constitutional Rights of every American. That is their job.

Somewhere between Brooklyn and the Beltway, Senator Eric Adams lost sight of not only the Constitutional Right of Citizens to own Firearms, but he also seemed to have misplaced his study of The Declaration Of Independence. If he had retained this knowledge, there could be no way he would have introduced S2994 . Contained within the entire 734 words of this proposed legislation is the condemnation of every legal gun owner who resides in New York State.

Provides for the registration of firearms by the owner thereof at the county clerks office of the county where the owner resides, except in New York City

1. EVERY OWNER OF A FIREARM SHALL PRESENT BY MAIL OR OTHERWISE TO THE
CLERK OF THE COUNTY WHEREIN HE OR SHE RESIDES AN APPLICATION FOR REGIS
TRATION OF SUCH FIREARM. FOR OWNERS RESIDING IN A COUNTY CONTAINED
ENTIRELY WITHIN A CITY, SUCH APPLICATION SHALL BE MADE AT THE PRECINCT
STATION SERVING THE AREA WHEREIN SUCH OWNER RESIDES. SUCH APPLICATION
shall CONTAIN A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF EACH FIREARM TO BE REGISTERED,
INCLUDING ANY SERIAL NUMBER THEREON, THE OWNER’S NAME, ADDRESS AND PHONE
NUMBER, AND THE LOCATION WHERE THE FIREARM IS TO BE LOCATED WHEN NOT IN
USE. WITH RESPECT TO A NEWLY ACQUIRED FIREARM, THE APPLICATION SHALL
INCLUDE WHERE AND HOW SUCH FIREARM WAS ACQUIRED.
2. UPON RECEIPT OF A SUFFICIENT APPLICATION, THE REGISTERING OFFICE
SHALL PROVIDE THE APPLICANT WITH A REGISTRATION UPON PAYMENT OF A FEE OF
FIFTEEN DOLLARS FOR EACH FIREARM REGISTERED.
3. A PERMANENT RECORD OF SUCH REGISTRATION SHALL BE MAINTAINED BY THE
REGISTERING OFFICE, AND THE FIREARM OWNER SHALL BE ISSUED A PHOTO IDEN
TIFICATION POCKET CARD INDICATING THE FIREARM HAS BEEN REGISTERED TO
SUCH OWNER.
4. SUCH REGISTRATION SHALL BE RENEWED EACH YEAR FOR A FEE OF TEN
DOLLARS. WHENEVER THE REGISTERED OWNER SHALL GIVE, SELL, LOSE OR OTHER
WISE CEASE TO POSSESS THE REGISTERED FIREARM, THE REGISTERING OFFICE
SHALL BE MADE AWARE OF SUCH TERMINATION OF POSSESSION.

To understand the enormous change that will be incurred by this bill, one must understand what the requirements are at this time for the ownership or purchase of a Firearm in New York State. Simply stated: 

Rifles and shotguns (outside of New York City) require no permit to purchase, no license of Ownership,

no registration of firearm, and no permit to carry.

Handguns require all of the above.

One wonders what the cost of the privilege to posses Handguns in NYC at this time. Application fee?

How do I apply for a handgun license?

Applicants must personally appear and submit a signed and notarized application to the License Division when applying. Fees may be paid by credit card or with two money orders. The application fee is $340.00. The fingerprint fee is $94.25. If you are paying with money orders, the money orders should be made payable to the “New York City Police Department.”

Don’t forget to add the fee for fingerprinting!

The application fee for a handgun license is $340.00. The fee for fingerprints is $94.25. These fees may be paid by credit card or with money orders when you submit your application. Money orders should be made payable to the “New York City Police Department.”

It might be more within your reach to try for a shotgun license – that’ll only cost you $140 (plus the fingerprinting fee of course).

Someone much wiser than I posted this brilliant column “We don’t need no steenking 2nd Amendment” that I encourage every gun owner to read.  It’s long, but at the end of the conversation one begins to see the cleanness of what our Founding Fathers meant versus the easy-peasy what-we-had-to-memorize-in-High School-claptrap would have you believe.

Even before The Constitution there was a little document containing 1341 words. This was designed to explain why a Nation of upstarts decided “thanks-but-no thanks” to Tyrannical domination emanating from an elitist ruling body determined to continue to control the chattel thousands of miles away. I’d like to share a few passages from this little gem to see if the reflection in our current Government can be seen:

“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

“He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.”

“For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:”

“In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.”

The above quotes from The Declaration of Independence were debated before being sent off to the Tyrant who attempted through numerous methods to remove the free spirit of the Colonies. Those words were designed to prevent what S2994 was written to create. It can be distilled into a simple equation – Regulation leads to Registration that leads to Removal.

Do not forget readers, some of the first targets identified by the British to eliminate were the bunkers containing ammunition. An unarmed society cannot maintain its freedom from the government it elects without some method of protection.

Do I think New York is going to go into every home and raid for illegal firearms? No.

Does an expanded database freely open to FOIA requests provide the opportunity for individuals who want to raid for legal firearms make any sense? No.

Does providing an economic barrier for individuals who choose to protect themselves because the very law enforcement officers who are “supposed” to by law, but cannot possibly do so by numbers, make our society stronger or safer? No.

In the end, only the Citizens of New York State can decide if S2994 is a rational approach to firearm ownership they choose to support. If you reside in New York State and believe this to be a NIBs, contact the Codes Committee which is where this bill currently is being considered. These 17 members have the opportunity to stop S2994 before it moves forward. Also contact your local legislator and voice your opinion on this bill.

“That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed”

That means you.

 

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