In North Carolina, we are blessed with the state understanding the rights of its citizens, including the right to own and possess a firearm if legally allowed. Though some counties have purchase permits that request the buyer of a firearm fill in the details and send it back to the sheriff — an option I believe since I can’t find a law that supports this action — there is no state gun registry for pistols or long guns.
In New York this week there is a lot of chatter about the new laws coming into effect where New York Police Departments are sending out notices to registered gun owners demanding that they give up their firearms now prohibited by New York’s SAFE Act.
I find this clearly unconstitutional, not to mention most laws are not retroactive and should only apply to future purchases. But don’t worry, the people receiving these letters are given options. First, they can surrender the firearm(s) to the police, second they can remove them from the city limits or third, they can make them completely inoperable. Inoperable? Really? What a strange option.
For those of you unfamiliar with the New York SAFE Act, last January this was passed by State legislature and signed by the governor within 24 hours. OMG, talk about a break-down of the system. This sounds like corruption at its finest and out there in black and white for all to see.
Some of you may be familiar with the SAFE Act feature that bans magazines over 10 rounds and limits magazine capacity to 7 rounds. What about one in the chamber? How does that get counted? How silly.
Another aspect that stirs the pot is the mandatory background check for ammunition.
Imagine the check-out line at stores that will have to call in background checks on ammo sales. Is there even a category for that with ATF? Nope. Another excessive outreach by government who forgot that they are supposed to be “one of the people and for the people”.
As a person born in New York, my only question is why. Why are the voters allowing this disgrace to freedom? Being told no does not deter crime, it only punishes the law abiding.
I would like to give a big shout out to Erie County, N.Y., Sheriff Timothy B. Howard who publicly came out and said he would not enforce the SAFE Act and after doing so, won his re-election where both Democrats and Republicans stood behind him. Thank you, Sheriff Howard!
Remember knowledge is power, and if you have an opinion and feel strongly about something then do something about it! Write a blog, post on Facebook, write to newspapers and let your voice be heard. What are you waiting for?
Dorothy Royal is the owner of Surf City Guns and Ammo, mother of two wonderful children, ringmaster of a herd of miniature ponies and an avid member of the Surf City Writers Group and Topsail Book Club.