It’s that silly time of year when you can depend on the New York State Legislature, in the dark of night, to try to sneak through bills with little consideration for their cost or effectiveness.
This week, Democrats, who control the Assembly, passed A.11148, a broad-brush attempt to confiscate weapons for a variety of reasons, and hope to pass A.5826A, to require microstamping handgun firing pins.
A.11148 establishes extreme risk protection orders as a court-issued order of protection prohibiting a person from purchasing, possessing or attempting to purchase or possess a firearm, rifle or shotgun.
A good idea if limited, rather than ram through “Red Flag” gun confiscation legislation at the last minute, the scope and procedures for legislation should be worked out in public to provide minimum impact on legitimate firearms ownership.
A.5826A would require all handguns manufactured and sold in New York to be equipped with microstamping technology by 2020 — despite the fact that microstamping is easily circumvented.
If this bill were to become law, only semi-automatic handguns capable of microstamping would be allowed for sale. The bill is typical Democrat virtue-signalling.
Firing pins on most semi-automatic handgun can be replaced in minutes with easily available parts and with no tools required.
Besides, microstamps would be of minimal help to investigators since spent cases with different microstamp imprints could be gathered from firing ranges and strewn at a crime scene to misdirect investigators.
The bill serves no functional purpose ... and Assembly Democrats don’t seem to care.
They don’t believe in the Second Amendment and would chip away at it any way they can.