The New York City Police Department (NYPD) is sending out letters telling gun owners to turn over their rifles and shotguns — or else face the consequences.
New York City’s ban on rifles and shotguns that hold more than five rounds is now being enforced, according to a letter the NYPD is sending out to targeted city gun owners.
“It appears you are in possession of a rifle and/or Shotgun (listed below) that has an ammunition feeding device capable of holding more than five (5) rounds of ammunition. Rifles and shotguns capable of holding more than five (5) rounds of ammunition are unlawful to possess in New York City, as per NYC Administrative Code 10-306 (b).”
“You have the following options,” the letter explains.
1. Immediately surrender your Rifle and/or Shotgun to your local police precinct, and notify this office of the invoice number. The firearm may be sold or permanently removed from the City of New York thereafter.
2. Permanently remove your Rifle and/or Shotgun from New York City and provide the following…Disposition Report/Registration Certificate…Notarized statement of permanent removal…Utility bill or other proof of residency regarding the address where the firearm will be stored outside the City of New York.
3. You may call to discuss the matter if you believe your firearm is in compliance…”
Departing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is a major gun-control activist, with his coalition recently sponsoring an ad that depicts an Adam Lanza-type character entering a school full of children.
UPDATE- two years later, there was this story from NPR:
Flouting The Law, Some New Yorkers Won’t Register Guns
New York state has some of the toughest gun laws in the country. Compliance with those laws is another matter.
New York passed a broad package of gun regulations after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., despite the objections of hunters and gun rights advocates. Now it appears that many gun owners are refusing to comply with a key provision that requires the registration of so-called assault weapons.
“I think this law was so incredibly repressive that it drove people to the point now that they’re basically saying we’re not going to abide by any more laws,” says Brian Olesen, the owner of American Trade and Goods and several other outdoor stores around Albany, N.Y., that stock a wide range of guns for hunting and self-defense. Olesen says his customers overwhelmingly oppose the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act — or SAFE Act, as the 2013 gun law is known.
The law has some of the nation’s toughest regulations on guns and ammunition, including a ban on the sale of so-called “military style assault weapons,” like the AR-15 style long rifle used in the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. It also requires New Yorkers to register the assault weapons they already own with police.
Critics of the law see registration as the first step toward confiscation. And some say they just won’t do it.
“I just don’t see there’s any need to,” says Joseph Fuller of Cohoes, N.Y. Fuller says he owns several guns, including at least one that he’s required to register under the SAFE Act. But he hasn’t.
“I don’t pay attention, to be honest,” says Fuller. “I have friends out in the boondocks. They won’t register their guns either. And they told me … don’t even bother. Don’t worry about it.”
No one knows exactly how many so-called assault weapons there are in New York. But the number is likely far more than the 45,000 that have been registered so far. The New York State Police released that number recently, but only after being ordered to by a court.
New Gun Technology Combines Safety with Unmatched Accessibility
SOURCE Safety First Arms, LLC
SAN DIEGO, Aug. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Safety first is not just a tagline, it’s the name of a new start-up company, Safety First Arms, LLC, that’s created a new gun technology designed to prevent unnecessary tragedy. Even with only a prototype, the company has already secured orders from two gun shops for more than $1 million for its Smart 2 pistol.
Safety First Arms has a 9mm pistol and AR-15 type rifle that prevent unauthorized use and are resistant to both tampering and theft. The pistol can be kept at bedside and the AR can be kept by the door or in a closet without risk of getting stolen or used by child, teen or perpetrator.
Unlike so-called “smart guns” that are based on unreliable fingerprint readers or RFID companion rings or watches, Safety First Arms has integrated a simple, electronic PIN code lock into its guns, just like those used for ATM machines and hotel room safes.
“The problem with these other designs is that they just aren’t practical,” Brian Weinberg, co-founder and engineer of Safety First Arms, says. “Fingerprint readers have unacceptable reliability issues in the real world where people wear gloves or their hands are wet, moisturized or dirty. And, RFID rings and watches are not practical for most people and do nothing to protect against tampering and theft.”
The Smart 2 unlocks in less than a second after the owner grips the gun and enters their three to five-digit PIN. To relock, the owner just releases the grip and grip safety; this ensures that the gun is always locked when not in use and that if the gun is wrestled away from the owner or a police officer it locks automatically. To protect against unauthorized handling and theft, both guns are equipped with Theft Guard™ which sounds a piercing alarm, triggered by motion and keypad tampering.
Bob Allan, inventor and founder of Safety First Arms, says that “only Safety First Arms’ technology or a gun safe can prevent both unauthorized handling and firing by anyone from children and troubled teens to criminals.”
For more information and to watch a product demo, visit: http://safetyfirstarms.com/.
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From Controversial Times
Anti-Gun Pastor Rigs AR-15 Raffle. It Backfires Big Time. Now the Police are Involved.
Rev. Jeremy Lucas spent $3,000 of his church’s discretionary fund – normally earmarked for helping parishioners pay their rent or utility bills – to buy 150 tickets in a raffle by a local softball team after hearing that the team was using the AR-15 raffle to pay for their trip to the West Regional Tournament in California.
“I think it sends very mixed messages,” Lucas told The Washington Post. “On the one hand to have kids go through active shooter drills (at school), and at the same time raffle off rifles that are used in so many of these mass shootings.”
He said he felt compelled to act as a Christian, a father, and a church leader: “I decided one day I was going to try to stop the raffle.”
His plan was to buy all of the remaining tickets, win the rifle and have it destroyed.
After winning the raffle, the owner of the rifle met Rev. Lucas and his wife at a gun store to complete the background check required of any and all transfers inside the state of Oregon. The transfer took about 30 minutes, something Lucas found disturbing.
“I was pretty surprised at how easy it was to get this transfer made,” he said. “How quick it was to walk in and out of a gun shop with an AR-15.”
The Reverend told The Washington Post that he and his wife then brought the rifle to the home of a parishioner who would keep the rifle in his safe until they could have it destroyed. And that’s where police are now looking into a crime.
By not performing a background check when leaving the rifle with his congregation member, Lucas violated the very gun control laws he claims are too lax in the nation. His local police department has turned the case over to the Oregon State Police and they are currently deciding whether to file charges.