In New York, Gun Owners Balk At New Handgun Database

February 2, 2018

This week marked the official deadline for more than 370,000 handgun owners in the state of New York to register those guns with state police. New York is trying to use that information to build a comprehensive record of gun owners — something only one other state has done. The database that California started in 2007 has gotten mixed reviews.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, has said he wants to make sure that people who can’t legally own guns – those with criminal convictions, serious mental health issues, or active restraining orders — aren’t somehow falling through the cracks and holding onto their firearms.

Anyone who took out a handgun license in New York before 2013 — the year the state passed a landmark gun control law — had to contact state police by Jan. 31 or risk criminal charges. That’s caused a real backlash, particularly among rural gun owners, who don’t entirely trust their state’s intentions.

The Albany Gun Show is a winter fixture in upstate New York. On the show’s opening day in mid-January, Tom King, president of the NRA-affiliated New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, posted up beyond all the folding tables stacked with rifles and holsters.

1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • Navy Bob says:

    Question to Cuomo: Will this include those owned by illegal aliens? NY will not cooperate with ICE to remove those in the US illegally for fear of violating their rights, yet the Constitutional rights of US citizens can not be given the same consideration. They are using the standard fear mongering that “those with criminal convictions, serious mental health issues, or active restraining orders” are getting guns illegally by treating those following the laws as criminals. They are ignoring those illegals who “fall through the cracks” so that they can be PC, using those illegals against the Republicans for purely political reasons. MS-13 is rampant and killing people in the illegal community, as well as the legal one, yet NY refuses to assist with combating this threat while going after legal US Citizens who are following the laws. Does MS-13 go to the local Bass Pro to buy their guns so that the state can register them? They also use baseball bats, gasoline, knives and chains to kill. Should NY start a registry of those things also? Many of those are stolen, either from stores or form private owners, so maybe we should register them, too.

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