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Safe Act an attempt at confiscation?

Bloomberg announced largest seizure of guns in history of NYC
Bloomberg announced largest seizure of guns in history of NYC
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Questions still loom over the intent of NY State's SAFE ACT written by the NY State Assembly in Albany and signed into law on January 15, 2013.

Criticism of the bill claims that the bill is too vague. “The new definition of assault weapons is too broad,” according to The New York State Sheriffs' Association, “and prevents the possession of many weapons that are legitimately used for hunting, target shooting and self defense."

Those suspicious of the potential warn that confiscation has always been in mind. The law was influenced by the Sandy Hook incident and at the time seemed an advantage to make use of the crisis. Andrew Cuomo on Fred Dicker's radio show heard in Albany on WGDJ said, “You could say confiscation is an option.” That was before the law was even passed. And we certainly should not forget Cuomo's taut that right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon supporters “have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are,” considering them what he calls “extreme conservatives.” That should make us wonder.

Albany Assemblyman Steven McLaughlin stated during debates over the controversial SAFE Act, that it was clear confiscation was a primary goal. He made the point that the first couple of rejected democratic proposals were confiscation as the list of banned guns indicated. When asked by InfoWars if he thought the original intent of the SAFE act was about confiscation, he answered, “Yeah; I think it was.” McLaughlin also says the fact that no democrat opposed him or claimed he was lying is telling of their ultimate plans. Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol suggested publicizing that list would have “the capacity to dampen the enthusiasm to compromise.”

"This bill was an attack on the 2nd amendment,” McLaughlin stated in his video’s Youtube description, “and the Democrats clearly wanted to dismantle the work of the Founding Fathers.

Pastor Charlie Muller of Victory Christian Church had launched his own attempt to rid unwarranted guns off the streets. His gun buy back program offered gift certificates to those who voluntarily turned in guns. The project faced its trials of lack of funding.

Attempts have been made to repeal and replace the restrictive portions of the law. Cuomo's restriction of limitations to 7 round magazines presented a problem because magazines were sold in 10 rounds. That was the result of making a hasty enactment without thinking clearly. He had to modify the law to allow the sale of 10 round magazines, while restricting them to contain more than 7 rounds, except at a firing range.

Cuomo boasted that his law as the "toughest" gun control law in the United States. One would question if it just wasn't done in haste and pride for an agenda.


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