New York Looks To Pass Another Gun Control Law, Requiring Firearms To Be Locked Up If Someone Under 16 Is Present

Once again, it’s all about making things more difficult for law abiding citizens to use a firearm for defense, under the guise of “protecting the kids”

Even stricter gun control could be coming to New York

New York gun owners could soon be required to lock up their guns whenever someone younger than 16 is home.

A bill passed the New York legislature on March 4th. It makes it a misdemeanor to not put your firearms in a gun safe or put a physical lock on it.

Gun control advocates believe this will curb serious at-home accidents involving children.

“Why would you leave a gun accessible to a child under a mattress or under your pillow or in a drawer when your not home,” Paul McQuillen, the Upstate coordinator of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, said.

The number of gun owners that do that is very small. The law itself requires that all firearms need to be locked up when not on the gun owners person.

However, second amendment advocates think this isn’t an effective bill.

“This is a feel good piece of legislation with no real mechanism of enforcement,” Steve Felano, a gun rights advocate, said.

Enforcing this bill would require police to have reasonable cause to believe gun owners aren’t properly securing their weapons when children are home.

Plus, some say this could make it harder to protect oneself during an emergency.

“You won’t be able to get your firearm out in time from storage should someone break into your home,” Felano said.

Once again, it’s all about inconveniencing law abiding citizens, while refusing to crack down on those who possess firearms, and use them, in an illegal manner.

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4 Responses to “New York Looks To Pass Another Gun Control Law, Requiring Firearms To Be Locked Up If Someone Under 16 Is Present”

  1. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    We’re not sure if TEACH misconstrues these laws out of malice or ignorance. The bill clearly states that the gun owner must have the gun under his/her control OR locked up.

    If you’re home waiting for the bad guys to come a’knockin’ you can keep your firearm nearby, or under your pillow.

    If the gun owner is not home but his firearm is, it needs to be safely stored so that one of the 500 or 600 kids that shoots him or herself or a friend or a sibling will have a harder time accessing the gun.

    Is your worry that you’ll arrive home, find a bad guy there and have to unlock your gun? That solution is so simple that even a Con Man should be able to figure it out.

    If you leave your Walther PPQ on the counter during your shift at Reliable Dodge, and your 12 yr old picks it up and accidently shoots his buddy, shouldn’t you be held responsible, at least in part???

  2. Dana says:

    So, if a 15-year-old thug brandishing a pistol breaks into your home, and you administer justice to him with a .38 caliber slug, can you be be prosecuted for not having that handgun locked up when he was present in your home?

    • Elwood P. Dowd says:

      There is no requirement that you keep your pistol locked up if you’re home, with the firearm under your control. Do you think that the pistol will defend your home if you’re not home??

      It’s more likely that your neighbor, the 15 year old crystal addict, would leave with a new gun if you leave it home alone to defend your house. Remember, guns don’t kill thugs, people do.

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