IMPOSITION OF RESTRICTIVE PRACTICES ON GUN DEALER
COBIS has been eliminated through defunding. The bleeding of millions of dollars on this wastefull great sounding program has stopped.
The proposed legislation would impose extensive new requirements on dealers for the storage, display and sale of firearms. In addition, the state police would be given the power to issue additional requirements without legislative approval. New business practices would be mandated for insurance, staffing, training and record keeping. While the proposals are expansive in scope, there is little justification for their implementation. New York’s handgun licensing laws virtually eliminate “straw man” purchases of handguns, usually the primary concern when addressing diversion. Many of the “new” mandates are redundant with existing State and Federal law or long established industry practices. Nothing in this proposal addresses the illegal underground market, the primary source of crime guns..
This proposal duplicates existing Federal procedural and record keeping requirements and imposes restrictions with no demonstrable potential for preventing harm or injury that would justify a legitimate State interest. Accordingly, it should not be enacted.
This proposal adds a new Article (Article 40) to the General Business Law (GBL) nominally directed at preventing the sale or other diversion of firearms, rifles, and shotguns from licensed dealers to criminals. It is the contention of the sponsors that poor business practices or intentional evasion of the law by “rogue dealers” or the employees of otherwise responsible dealers are the cause of large numbers of these diversions.
S. 900 contains definitions for the purpose of the Article. These include an overly broad definition of a “gun show”, which appears to have no purpose in this Article. Perhaps this is intended as a precursor for other legislation directed at restricting or eliminating gun shows.
S. 901 is directed at developing measures to prevent sales and transfers to criminals. As the transfer of handguns is already tightly restricted by the licensing system, this is presumably directed at the transfer of rifles and shotguns through straw purchases. As sales of this type have been the target of both public and dealer directed programs developed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, and Explosives (ATFE) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) since 2000, this seems redundant. A straw purchase is already a felony under the Gun Control Act of 19681. This proposal adds nothing of substance to existing efforts.
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