by David LaPell Guns.com
Previously by David LaPell: With Ammunition Scarce Can Reloading Supplies Be Next?
Over the course of the last month or so since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the fight for gun rights has been unlike anything I've seen in my lifetime and perhaps the most dynamic since the Revolutionary War (and even then our own elected officials were not trying to suppress gun ownership). So, what do we do if these bans on semi-automatic weapons come to fruition? What does that even look like? A halt to production like during the 1994 AWB? Registration? Confiscation? What happens to gun owners and our country if they try to take our guns?
Here in New York, the feeling that all of these things mentioned above could become a reality is palpable. Governor Andrew Cuomo's now infamous u201CNo one needs ten bullets to kill a deeru201D speech set the tone and, after shelling out thirty pieces of silver, he got enough u201Cpro-gunu201D politicians to cave in and pass what is now the strictest gun control legislation in the country. We now have a seven round magazine limit, banning some of the most popular sporting rifles from ever coming into this state, including the Ruger 10/22 and the Remington 597 as well as almost all the pistols made by Glock, Smith & Wesson, and other makers.
Word around the campfire is that Cuomo's oppressive gun bill is all part of an attempt to gain traction for a presumptive 2016 Presidential bid. Folks up here tend to believe this because they've seen before that Cuomo has no problem walking all over gun owners, especially if his path is from Albany to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Fact is, wherever Cuomo goes, it's going to be gun owners in New York who must now live with the regulations passed in his wake which are to include:
- Background checks for each and every ammunition purchase (read that again, ammunition, not firearms);
- Registration of any guns that are a part of the u201Cassault weapons banu201D (a list no one has seen yet);
- Maximum seven round carry. You can carry these rounds in a 10 round magazine (30 is illegal) but that magazine must have been sold to you out of state which also means you are suppose to turn in anyone selling 10-round magazines in the state of New York.
Failure to obey any of these rules will result in arrest and possibly jail time and as a resident of this state, this legislation affects my lifestyle and my livelihood. My first instinct is to ask, how are we going to fight this? My second is, how are we going to cope?
Speak (and be heard)
First off, I'm putting every legislator that voted for this bill on notice that they will be losing my vote come next election cycle and none more than the Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. Skelos is a Republican who was the last line of defense against this bill passing and instead of holding fast, he let Cuomo walk right over him. Letting these politicians know that I am a gun owner and that they have lost my support sends a powerful message when delivered through the proper channels and especially when many other gun owners take the time to speak up and out as well. Nothing scares people, including politicians, like the threat of losing their jobs and I encourage anybody who wants to protect the Second Amendment to respectfully call or write their congressmen and tell them how you feel about gun rights and their voting habits.
As far as what gun owners can do in the meanwhile (in terms of their spending habits), well ammunition is scarce to say the least, and I'd gamble even more so in New York state as it seems everyone is trying to buy it up before the new background check system goes into effect. Reloading supplies have been drying up faster than a tear in the sun, but I think the real thing to watch is going to be the rifles and shotguns. I have a feeling in the months ahead, we are going to see a run on just about any popular long gun in any practical caliber.
With assembled AR-15's virtually nonexistent on the commercial market, pump action shotguns, particularly in the short-barreled guise, have begun flying off the shelves. So have 1911 style pistols with their seven rounds magazines. Compact .380 pistols are also hotter than ever, and suddenly there is a slight resurgence in revolvers like the .38 Special and .357 Magnum with their five and six round cylinders. I have talked with some dealers and a couple of select lever action rifles like the Rossi Pumas in their pistol calibers are also becoming scarcer in stockrooms because there are no semi auto rifles in .223. I admit it may be true that panic buying has set in (what gun shows that have not banned or canceled have been mobbed) but all I see in this push are scared gun owners racing to get ahead of the legislation.