New York Assemblyman Bill Nojay believes that the state’s SAFE Act is just the beginning of a movement in the state to infringe upon Second Amendment rights. The gun control legislation was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo one year ago this month. Nojay does not seem to be ready to concede defeat to the gun control contingent just yet. He recently stated that the fight to “restore the right to bear arms” is far from over, with a legal challenge to the law working its way through the court system. The New York assemblyman wants to see the lawmakers who voted in favor of the anti-Second Amendment bill “be held accountable.”
In December, US Chief District Judge William M. Skretny upheld two SAFE Act provisions. He ruled that the bans on high-capacity magazines (10 rounds of more) and “assault weapons” ban are constitutional. The district judge did, though, strike down part of the law that would have made it a crime to possess a gun with more than seven bullets. Nojay said that Assembly Democrats also want every firearm dealers to lock up every single weapon every night. The lawmaker also said that Democrats in the state legislature and gun control advocacy groups want to prohibit the transportation of firearms in and out of New York “which would put all of our manufacturers out of business.”
Bill Nojay had this to say about the SAFE Act and future gun control initiatives in New York:
The rank-and file-troopers don’t want anything to do with it. I don’t know a single sheriff upstate who is going to enforce it. If you don’t have the troopers and you don’t have the sheriffs, who have you got? You’ve got Governor Andrew Cuomo pounding on the table in Albany. I know a few hundred of these gun owners. I don’t know of any of them that are going to be registered.
During a meeting at the South Seneca Sportsmen’s Club, Nojay was asked what the public could do to convince fellow gun owners to get involved in the political fight against gun control laws. One woman told Nojay she knows 10 gun owners in her family who don’t care about fighting the law or voting because they don’t see how it impacts them.
The Second Amendment supporting lawmaker said:
My answer is very simple: The Safe Act is not the end, it’s the beginning. You don’t have to take my word for it. You look at the bills that are before the state legislature that the Democrats from New York City want to see passed. … They [Democrats] believe that anyone who owns a firearm should be required to have $3 or $5 million of liability insurance. They don’t care … what happens north of the Bronx in terms of employment. In fact, I had a Democrat say to me, and we were taking an elevator ride, and I said, ‘You know, you’re killing us with the job situation in upstate New York. And he looks at me like a teacher would look at a slow child and he said, ‘Bill, why would we want to create more jobs in upstate New York? Those are going to be likely Republicans who are going to vote against us.’”
New York has 62 counties, and a total of 52 counties have already passed resolutions opposing the SAFE Act. If the refusal to enforce the dictates of the new statute continues in the law enforcement realm, a ruling by a federal judge to uphold most of the provisions will be essentially meaningless.
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