We have two dogs at home: a 4-year-old German Shepherd, and a 10-year-old Schnauzer. The Schnauzer is a rescue. Like our GS, Knight, our Schnauzer, is a great dog too, but at this point he can’t learn any new tricks because of his aging.
I think the same thing is true with New York Governor Kathy Hochul (not elected) and members of the New York Assembly. They just can’t learn anything from experience anymore.
The US Supreme Court recently overturned New York’s concealed carry restrictions because it was an unconstitutional infringement on the Second Amendment rights of the citizens of New York.
And yet, the Democrat-controlled New York Senate just passed broad legislation on Friday that would ban concealed carry rights from so-called “sensitive locations” like on public transit, Times Square, and other places, while demanding concealed carry permit applicants to hand over their social media accounts and character references.
Now the criminals know where to go in New York if they want to attack someone. The state just created a whole new set of Gun-Free Zones.
“This to me is the embodiment of what it means to be an American. In honor of our Fourth of July weekend, I look forward to signing the legislation as soon as it’s finished,” Governor Hochul said at a press conference after the vote.
This woman is not a rational person. The Second Amendment is the embodiment of what it means to be an American. The right to self-defense is one of those rights that made America unique around the world.
And thanks to Democrat politicians in the state, Second Amendment rights are much needed in the Empire State because crime has gone through the roof.
Hochul signed the bill it into law not long after it was passed. Now, millions of New Yorkers may no longer have the right to defend themselves from would-be attackers on the streets of New York. Way to go, Democrats.
Early Friday is when debate started over the bill, a day after the legislative session was called by Hochul. The delay was due to last-minute changes being negotiated over a deal promoted by Hochul earlier in the week concerning “sensitive locations.”
“This is a very nocturnal place,” Hochul said over the final language of the bill being handed down in the middle of the night, which is considered normal in a state Capitol where lawmakers very often get very little notice beforehand on votes on controversial bills.
“Hochul’s special session has been the perfect recap of her failed, brief term as governor, marked with secrecy, uncertainty, and chaos. The losers of this process end up being law-abiding New Yorkers,” Representative Lee Zeldin (R-Suffolk), who is running for Governor against Hochul, said in a statement.
Lee Zeldin: ""Hochul’s special session has been the perfect recap of her failed, brief term as Governor, marked with secrecy, uncertainty, and chaos. The losers of this process end up being law-abiding New Yorkers." pic.twitter.com/Rsj3bWJ8Ez
— Zach Williams (@ZachReports) July 1, 2022
The special session came after the US Supreme Court decision last week that overturned a century-old state law that required concealed carry permit applicants to give a “proper cause” to get the permit. That 6-3 ruling allowed states to restrict guns from sensitive areas while keeping the permit processes that weigh on objective criteria.
“We are confident that we are providing New York, again, an opportunity not only to be able to have their concealed carry but also to make New Yorkers safe,” state Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) told reporters on Friday. Yeah, and I’m Mary, Queen of Scots.
On top of the sensitive areas restrictions, the bill demands permit applicants to hand over all of their social media accounts information from the past 3 years and to provide character references that can show “good moral character.” In my home state, we have to give character references, which I still believe is an infringement, but to bring the government in on your social media accounts is a bit much.
One provision in the legislation expanded a ban on bullet-proof vests to include body armor like what was used by the racist gunman who shot black shoppers at a supermarket on May 14. Had there been a concealed carry holder inside the supermarket, he/she may have been able to defend themself. That’s how Democrats get away with infringing gun control laws. You can’t prove a negative. There were no concealed carry holders in the supermarket that day, so there’s no way to prove it would have helped. We’ll never know because New York made it extremely difficult to get a concealed carry permit at that point.
This new law will require background checks for ammunition purchases that will require the purchaser’s date or birth, name, age, occupation, and residence that will be stored in a state database or registry.
State Democrats say they realize there will be a lot of legal challenges to the legislation. That should have told them something right there.
“They didn’t just go up to the line. They trampled on the Supreme Court decision,” said Tom King, president of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, who was the plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that overturned the state’s concealed carry law.
“The Supreme Court did say you can still have criteria as to how [permits] are issued,” Carl Heastie (D-Bronx), the Assembly Speaker, told reporters Friday. “And so we believe that that falls in line with what we’re allowed to do.”
I never trust a thing a Democrat says anymore. I’ll wait and see how SCOTUS rules.
Rich is a conservative, syndicated opinion writer and owner of MAGA-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty, and faith.
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