NY Gun Ban to include 3D Printed High Capacity Magazines

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.

Newspaper that Posted Map of NY Gun Owners Hacked – Database Dumped

Gun Permit Map

In one of the most controversial moves in recent journalism history, Lower Hudson Journal News (lohud.com) posted a map of NY pistol permit owners in two counties. Apparently that wasn’t enough and they tried to obtain gun owner information for additional counties. Well, allegedly the lohud site was hacked and their entire user database has been dumped and publicly released.

After the school shooting in Connecticut, it would seem that lohud.com wanted to take the gun control issue into their own hands and publicly released three interactive Google maps with the names and addresses of LEGAL pistol permit owners in the Lower Hudson NY area. Just scrolling over the map would reveal permit owner’s names and addresses.

This sparked nationwide outrage as these were not criminals, but those who went through New York very strict procedures to legally obtain a NYS pistol permit.

You have judges, policemen, retired policemen, FBI agents — they have permits. Once you allow the public to see where they live, that puts them in harm’s way,” said Rockland County Clerk Paul Piperato.

Do you fools realize that you also made a map for criminals to use to find homes to rob that have no guns in them to protect themselves? What a bunch of liberal boobs you all are,” wrote Rob Seubert on the newspaper’s website.

In response, numerous bloggers have released the names, addresses, phone numbers and social media sites of several members of the Journal News editorial staff.

In a move that some see as hypocritical, the newspaper apparently hired gun toting armed guards to protect the Journal News office building after they received threatening e-mails.

Oddly enough, Journal News recently tried to obtain gun permit information for other counties, but were turned down by permit clerks.

Apparently, this seemed to be the straw that broke the camel’s back as hacktivists allegedly hacked the lohud website and publicly dumped the newspaper’s entire database. A Pastebin post by the user “Guest” lists a sample of the dump and including links to download the entire list.

lohud pastebin

The dumped database seems to include over ten thousand user accounts, including names, addresses, phone numbers, and account credentials. Password hashes are also present, and it appears that some had already been cracked.

Account emails listed included numerous public e-mail addresses, but also many company addresses. This is really bad as users often use the same password on numerous sites. If you have an account at lohud.com, change your password now! And if you re-use your passwords make sure to change your passwords for all of your accounts.