Dec 09 2013

NYPD Begins Gun Confiscation


New York City is the home of a little-enforced city ordinance banning rifles and shotguns capable of holding more than five rounds. The ordinance has technically been on the books since 2010, but few seemed to know about it and even fewer were expected to follow it. However, after this year’s passage of the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement or SAFE Act, New York officials are feeling a little more confident.

The SAFE Act website states that “The SAFE Act protects law- abiding citizens right to bear arms and does not restrict New Yorkers’ ability to buy, sell, keep or use their guns.” However, the act requires gun registration, bans assault weapons, and bans magazines holding over 10 rounds. However, it does require the forfeiture of unregistered assault rifles along with misdemeanor charges. This, combined with Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns campaign has made it a little easier for NYC to begin engaging in gun confiscation.

On November 18, the New York Police Department mailed 500 letters to citizens (seen below), making them aware of the ordinance and the need to forfeit their firearms. The letters list the firearms in violation and give citizens the option to “immediately surrender your rifle and/or shotgun to your local police precinct” and provide the officer with an invoice number. The second option is to “permanently remove” the firearm from the city and provide proof of address of the firearm, a registration report, and a notarized letter that includes the whereabouts of the offending weapon. A final option is to take the firearm to a gunsmith and have it permanently altered to be compliant with the law.

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The ordinance in question is N.Y. ADC. LAW ยง 10-306 : NY Code – Section 10-306: Disposition, purchase and possession of ammunition and ammunition feeding devices. The ordinance bans the use of any and all rifles and shotguns capable of holding over five rounds of ammunition, and requires both a permit and registration certificate when buying any applicable rifle and shotgun ammunition. This means that if you cannot prove you own anything other than a pistol, firearms dealers cannot sell you rifle or shotgun ammo. Dealers also have to keep a record of all ammo sold.

New York State Assemblyman James Tedisco went on record with Fox News stating that these letters could easily turn into something bigger, such as “someone knocking on your door saying, ‘I want to see your gun.'”

Consequences of violating the ordinance and not complying with confiscation start off at a fine of $300 and up to 16 days in prison for the first offense. Subsequent offenses bring misdemeanor charges,a fine of up to $1000, and jail time of up to one year. A complete list of NYC’s gun control laws can be found here.

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