COMMENTARY | Except as political theatre, New York’s new gun law, the SAFE Act, doesn’t make any sense and won’t save any lives. But it has raised Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s profile as the nation’s leading gun control governor-advocate.
However, with his new law, Cuomo seems to have “jumped the shark.” That term seems to apply as it is defined in the Urban Dictionary as the point “when something that was once great has reached a point where it will now decline in quality and popularity.”
Post-Standard reporter Tim Knauss writes of blowback coming from the 31 New York counties which have passed resolutions calling for repeal of the SAFE Act. If half the counties in a state think their governor has gone too far, he has probably gone too far.
New York already had a 10-round gun magazine limit in place when Cuomo pushed through a seven-round limit. Only a few pistol manufacturers make a seven-round magazine, so passing a law requiring them amounts to a de facto total ban on most firearms.
Under pre-SAFE Act law, New York State residents cannot possess handguns even in their homes without $55.75, fingerprinting, four character references, safety courses, police interviews, and months of delay. The purchase of pistol ammunition also requires a state-issued pistol permit.
Cuomo’s SAFE Act was secreted into law overnight and without citizen input, as required by any sensible representative government. In the aftermath of passage, the New York state government now appears embarrassed for what can be politely called shortsightedness.
Cuomo’s new gun law was so hastily written that police are now carrying illegal weapons, reports the Daily Caller. Legislators are frantic to draft amendments rescinding the seven-round magazine requirement with regard to police arms.
The state’s conundrum is not without humor, though, as Senate Leader Sheldon Silver considers a revision allowing pistol owners to load seven hot rounds and three blanks.
“I believe there was the question of whether there were no sevens being manufactured in the state. You may be able to use a 10 magazine with three blanks,” Silver said, according to Capital Tonight.
Then, too, New York legislators have suddenly discovered an independent judiciary. In connection to a lawsuit filed by a gun rights organization, State Supreme Court Justice Gerald Connolly ordered Cuomo to show why he couldn’t wait “the usual three-day waiting period for legislation,” writes The Post-Standard.
Anthony Ventre is a freelance writer and a Yahoo! contributor in news, commentary, and financial writing.