Sorry New Yorkers, but the dream of bypassing New York’s stifling new gun control laws by simply printing high capacity mags is currently just that, a dream. New York Democratic Congressman Steve Israel announced yesterday that he will introduce legislation to ban 3D printed and other non-metallic magazines.
According to a Forbes article, the gun enthusiast group Defense Distributed worked for 5 months to create a 3D printed magazine in an effort to bypass expected gun control laws. They successfully created and tested an AR magazine using 3D printers – see video clip above. The group also posted blueprints for the magazine and other gun related Makerbot files on their website.
Some in New York thought this might be a way to bypass New York’s new gun control law.
In a overnight, behind closed door session, Governor Cuomo forced through a new gun ban on numerous semi-automatic firearms and reduced allowed magazine size from 10 to 7. Effectively making New York State have the most restrictive gun control laws in the nation.
“It is comprehensive. It is sound,” Governor Cuomo was quoted saying in an upstate New York Newspaper. “It addresses the multifaceted problem that we’re dealing with. It protects, I believe, hunters and sportsmen, et cetera, and legitimate gun owners.”
But the moved infuriated the majority of Upstate New York law abiding citizens (hunters, sportsmen and patriots) who live outside the New York City area that see the move as nothing more than a violation of 2nd Amendment rights and believe will do nothing to curb gun violence.
Numerous Senators have also come forward voicing opposition to the the law. “I don’t agree with the governor in regard to where he’s going, in regard to the banning of certain weapons and certain ammunition clips,” US Representative Tom Reed, said during a call with reporters Monday. “I think that’s a path that goes down that slippery slope that I’m concerned about — in restricting our freedoms.”
“Too many legislators attempted to seize this politically powerful moment to push through parts of a long-held, liberal, extreme gun control agenda that will not make New Yorkers safer,” State Senator Tom O’Mara said. “Those of us who have long opposed this agenda successfully rejected a number of the most extreme proposals and ensured that this measure will at least include important, practical and common sense initiatives in mental health, illegal firearms, school safety, first responder safety and other areas that we believe can help keep the focus on where and how these terrible crimes and criminals can and should be confronted. These actions can make a difference going forward, but they should have been even stronger.”
But will it help make children in New York schools any safer? Not necessarily so.
New York Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss told an upstate newspaper, “Gun legislation and buyback programs statistically have been shown to have no effect. If they are looking to deter individual acts such as Connecticut and Aurora, Colo., I think it’s going to be ineffective. It will affect law-abiding citizens that already go through the process and pay fees. I think it’s somewhat of a feel-good application.”
Legal moves are already being made to fight the new gun law. New York Senator Kathleen A. Marchione has created an online petition that can be signed to repeal and replace the restrictive gun control measures. And Attorney James Tresmond of Buffalo is leading a group of lawyers in petitioning the Federal Court to examine the new law to determine its constitutionality.