Anti-gun New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance have launched tirades against common sense gun law reforms, with the former defending his pet “SAFE Act” and the latter declaring that a proposed national reciprocity act is supported by ISIS, the terrorist organization.
Cuomo, whose late father once asserted that his critics were like “NRA members and hunters who drink beer and lie to their wives about where they had been all weekend,” pushed through the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act in 2013 in response to the Sandy Hook attack. The SAFE Act is despised by Empire State gun owners, and Andrew Cuomo made it clear in remarks published by the Albany Times Union that if Congress approves Second Amendment legislation preventing states from enacting certain gun control laws, he will sue.
The Second Amendment Guarantee Act (SAGA) was introduced Monday by Congressman Chris Collins, a western New York Republican.
Vance’s beef is with concealed carry reciprocity. Vance is the man who is now being sued in federal court for enforcement of so-called “gravity knife” laws.
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According to Vance, if Congress passes the reciprocity measure, which requires states to honor the concealed carry permits or licenses from other states, it will spell trouble for police and the public. According to the New York Post, Vance was being interviewed by a radio talk host when he commented that, “This bill is supported, I am sure, by ISIS.”
The newspaper also noted Vance’s allegation that “ISIS points its readers to America and how they na easily obtain gun by going to states where there are no permitting requirements or buy guns in one of the 5,000 private gun shows around the country where no background checks are taken.”
Gun show sales are subject to the same laws that govern gun sales elsewhere.
Specifically to the proposed reciprocity act, Vance reportedly told the radio host, “So a guy from Idaho, where there is no permitting requirements whatsoever, could carry his gun into New York City loaded into Time Square.” He described the legislation as a “dangerous and ill-considered bill.”
Vance reportedly complained that under the proposed law, “You could get up in the morning in Manhattan, drive to Vermont, buy loaded weapons, and bring them back to New York by dinner.”
Anti-gunners have complained that this sort of thing goes on right now within the criminal element.
President Donald Trump has indicated support for such legislation while he was on the campaign trail. With Republicans controlling Capitol Hill, there is a potential for reciprocity legislation to actually pass, and that prospect now has gun prohibitionists frantic.
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