By Towne Criour
Preliminary remarks about NYSAFE; the purpose of this Article and our ultimate goal; the Governor’s take on NYSAFE; scope of this Article; what this Article is about and what I will do for you; the nature of NYSAFE; how NYSAFE works; start of analysis; the notion of ‘assault weapon’ that you need to know; recap; what will be covered in Parts 2 and 3 of this Article
THE FORMAT OF THIS MANUSCRIPT
This Article is in an unconventional format: in the format of a news flier, not of a
newspaper article or essay. This is by design, not accident. I did this to get your attention. This Article deserves your attention. I am talking about a matter impacting you and impacting you in a major way. I am talking about your sacred Second Amendment Right to keep and bear Arms.
ATTACK ON THE SECOND AMENDMENT
The Second Amendment is under attack. The Second Amendment is under constant attack. The State of New York has taken the Nation’s lead in undermining the exercise of this fundamental right through enactment of the NYSAFE Act. But you would make a mistake to accept the NYSAFE Act as something new and novel in the history of restrictive firearms regulation. The Act is not new. The NYSAFE Act is an elaboration over the last set of harsh New York firearms control laws. Through incremental steps the New York State firearms’ control laws grow ever harsher. The systematic erosion of New York residents’ Second Amendment rights is underway and has been underway for decades. This erosion is slow and lumbering but relentless and enduring. The NYSAFE Act is one more step in the road to a total ban on firearms. The NYSAFE Act is terrible. No question about that. And, I can spend pages railing against it. But, I won’t. NYSAFE exists. So, we must contend with it. We must understand it, so we are not crushed by it. We leave for another day how to stop if not reverse the inexorable drift toward total firearms prohibition.
CONTINUED ACCESS TO ASSAULT WEAPONS IN NEW YORK IS NONEXISTENT.
Always keep in mind:
the political leaders of New York do not appreciate firearms in the hands of citizens. But they loathe assault weapons in the hands of citizens. With enactment of NYSAFE politicians place tight controls on assault weapons. New York residents are no longer able to lawfully buy and hold assault weapons.
New York residents who lawfully owned and held assault weapons before enactment of NYSAFE and who have not parted with the weapons and who wish to continue to hold onto the weapons face new obstacles.
If you do not own an assault weapon and wish to buy an assault weapon in the future, you no longer can do so – not in New York. If you do own an assault weapon and wish to buy a second assault weapon, you no longer can do so – not in New York. If you own an assault weapon and you wish to sel