A6157 & A6294/S4084
PROHIBIT POSSESSION OF ASSAULT WEAPONS
This legislation would prohibit the possession of semi-automatic and pump action rifles, semi-automatic shotguns and semi-automatic pistols that have certain cosmetic characteristics that the sponsors deem would pose a threat to public health and safety. These guns are referred to by them as “assault weapons” and declared to be military weapons with no legitimate sporting use. This is, in fact, an attempt to impose restrictions on the shooting public, based on characteristics that the sponsors find objectionable without regard to their functionality and legitimate sporting use.
The proposed legislation should not be enacted. It is based on misinformation, misrepresentations, and an absence of technical knowledge. The purpose appears to be to fan public emotions in order to elicit support for gun control legislation and to bolster long-term efforts to severely restrict or ban all privately held firearms. The objective here is to create an illusion that these disfavored firearms, which are in reality a normal evolution of the sporting rifle, pose a grave risk that merits the compromise of a Constitutional right.
While there is no agreed on definition of the term “assault rifle”, the following definitions will serve for use in this document:
A semi-automatic rifle or shotgun is a shoulder weapon that fires a single shot with each pull of the trigger and is intended for civilian sporting or self-defense use. Rifles and shotguns are defined in the Penal Law1. Dealer sales must comply with Federal law2.
A semi-automatic pistol is a firearm that fires a single shot with each pull of the trigger and is intended for sporting or self-defense use by private citizens. Possession requires licensing under New York State law3, as well as complying with Federal law as above.
An assault rifle is a fully automatic military weapon intended for use as a standard infantry rifle. These weapons are already illegal in New York State for all but law enforcement and military use4. They are also tightly regulated under Federal law by the National Firearms Act (1934)5 and the Gun Control Act (1968)
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