Multi-magazine gun owners sent packing as NYPD begins to enforce 2010 law | Fox News

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Multi-magazine gun owners sent packing as NYPD begins to enforce 2010 law | Fox News.

 

The New York City Police Department is taking aim at owners of
certain shotguns and rifles, telling them all long guns with a
five-round or more capacity must be turned in, altered or taken out of town.

An estimated 500 recipients of the notices, which were mailed on Nov.
18, were given the options to surrender their gun, permanently move
the gun out of city jurisdiction or employ a licensed gunsmith to
modify the weapon to get into compliance with the law. Rifles and
shotguns with a capacity of five or more rounds are affected.

An NYPD spokeswoman told FoxNews.com the initiative has been in
practice since 2010.

But this year is the first time critics say the notices were so
widely dispersed. The notice was first reported on the website
TheTruthAboutGuns.com.

New York State has the strictest gun laws in the country. Mayor
Michael Bloomberg, co-founder of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, has
made it a priority of his to pull illegal handguns off the streets
and directly links these guns to violent crimes. But critics say the
real problem is illegal handguns in the hands of criminals, not long
guns owned by law-abiding citizens.

“We think it’s an abuse of power by the NYPD,” said Tom King, the
president of New York State Rifle & Pistol Association. His
organization has fought with the state on various gun bills and spent
$400,000 on a lawsuit challenging the Secure Ammunition and Firearms
Enforcement Act, or SAFE Act, which was signed in January by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The SAFE Act was the first law in the nation prompted by the December
2012 killing of 20 first-graders and six educators in Newtown, Conn.
Its passage was seen as a victory for gun-control advocates because
it expands a ban on military-style weapons, requires mental health
professionals to report threats, limits magazines to seven bullets,
taxes bullets and creates a registry.

Though these notices were not sent out as a direct result of the SAFE
Act, New York State Assemblyman James Tedisco said the new law may
embolden city police forces to send out similar letters.

Tedisco, who voted against the SAFE Act, said New York City had the
five-round law in the books for about 20 years, but this is the first
time he has heard complaints about the notices being sent out to gun owners.

“These letters appear to be another example of the Nanny State,”
Tedisco said. “Hypothetically, it can start with a letter, and then
that can lead to someone knocking on your door saying, ‘I want to see
your gun.'”

When Cuomo signed the law, he searched for a moderate tone saying,
“Common sense can win. You can overpower the extremists with
intelligence and with reason and with common sense.”

President Obama, who has called for the transformation of U.S. gun
laws after recent high-profile shootings at the Washington Navy Yard,
said that “the politics are difficult.”

The Center for American Progress released a report in April linking
states with ‘weak’ gun laws and a high level of gun violence.

The Second Amendment, says, “A well-regulated militia, being
necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to
keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

Gun advocates interpret that to mean individuals have the right to
possess guns, while those opposed say the law is antiquated and its
misinterpretation puts Americans in danger.

King said the author of these letters misfired when writing the guns
could be modified.

“A gun collector who never fired a gun in his life, but has a few
antiques might have to get them altered,” he said. “These are not the
people law enforcement should be targeting.”

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