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Hotline, Website Created For New Gun Law Questions

January 24, 2013

The questions keep coming in regarding the state’s new gun control law. Some are being answered. The rest remain a mystery....

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Jan-24-13 7:46 AM

Kudos, Chief Bentley. Appropriate words for a ridiculous law.

Canada tried a long gun registry last decade too, and it was a miserable, expensive debacle before they finally shut it down.

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Jan-24-13 8:59 AM

And then there was the NYS law which required that a spent shell casing be provided to the State Police with the sale of every new handgun. They finally quit with that last year after it proved to be useless as a crime prevention tool. How about the federal ammunition registration ploy that ran from 68' to 86'? Everytime you bought so much as a box of 22's your ID and purchase(s) were entered into a log book. All that accomplished was to leave ammunition dealers minding stacks of useless paperwork that they dutifully showed to ATF agents, who never even bothered to so much as glance at the individual entries.

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Jan-24-13 12:59 PM

Remember those big billboards during the early 70's, the one's posted along side major roads crossing into NYS, such as the Thurway? Those huge signs that showed a drawning of a revolver with the warning, "Mandatory one year minimum sentence for illegal possession of a handgun in NYS"? That law is still in effect, but what is the most frequently dropped charge during negotiations with the DA for a plea deal; the kind of thing that's called "in the interest of justice". Why it's that gun charge of course! That even extends to federal law. An aquanitance of mine, a former Erie County ADA, tells of repeatedly contacting the U.S. Dept of Justice that Erie County was holding criminals suspected of violating federal gun laws. Only VERY rarely did the feds elect to get involved, they just weren't interested, couldn't be bothered. I fully suspect however that the first unsuspecting NY resident to get caught up in this stupid law will find himself entangled in a non-plea

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Jan-24-13 1:01 PM

KCW007 contin: "...will find himself entangled in a non-plea, "show trial".


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Jan-27-13 12:08 AM

It isn't going to stop the criminals that can get guns from out of state or illegally. The person that goes through all of the things that you have to in this state won't be the ones doing the shooting. They should make all of the states the same in the way you get a permit.

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