Essentially anything that makes the gun look “military-like” or ominous in the eyes of a downstate politician.
Drop the pistol grip and flash suppressor from an AR15 and, voila, it’s no longer an assault weapon — perfectly legal under the governor’s law. Don’t you think gun manufacturers might take that into consideration?
Meanwhile, thumbhole stocks are pretty popular on many types of muzzleloaders and are used by shooting clubs to help steady aim.
Biathletes use modified .22 caliber rifles with pistol grip stocks and detachable clips (that hold 8 bullets, by the way). Who would have thought all along that these were “assault weapons”?
Interestingly, Saratoga Assemblyman James Tedisco, in his address to the Assembly prior to the vote, noted that more murders were committed in New York last year with blunt objects like hammers and rocks than the type of weapons banned by the new “assault weapons” law.
Out of 769 homicides in New York last year, only five were caused by the type of rifles banned by the new law, while 31 were caused by blunt objects.
Another 161 were committed with knives.
So, what exactly have we accomplished here? Legislators would have made a bigger impact on crime by banning rocks larger than a quarter and forcing the registration of kitchen knives and claw hammers.
The law gives citizens one year to register any “assault weapon” they may have in their home or they become non-law abiding citizens.
Get caught with one unregistered and it is a Class A Misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail. Do we really want to fill our jails with these people?
I am sure police agencies are loving the thought of enforcing this one.
Then, the law forces these same gun owners to recertify registered guns as well as pistol permits every five years and there is sure to be a fee attached to doing so.
Have any type of run-in with the law, even a misdemeanor, and the state can then confiscate your guns and deny your recertifications.
What we needed was to come together as a society and rationally discuss preventative measures that might stop these atrocities.
What we got was a law rushed through in the 11th hour that is more about protecting the destiny of politicians than people.