New York ‘Common Sense’ Gun Bill Could Get People Killed

Serrano and friends don’t know what they’re talking about, but then again, when has that ever stopped in-your-face infringements that only serve to disarm, endanger and harass the law-abiding? (New York State Senator José M. Serrano/Facebook)

Not satisfied with SAFE Act citizen disarmament measures (because they will never be satisfied), New York tyrannophiles are proposing yet another insidious infringement that will not only result in sweeping gun bans, but will render allowable guns dangerous to their owners as well as to others when the guns are deployed in self-defense.  Senate Bill S3444, authored and sponsored wholly by Democrats, will all but ensure more injuries and deaths in the name of protecting children.

The “brainchild” of 29th District State Senator and career public trough feeder José M. Serrano, the bill:

Prohibits persons, firms or corporations engaged in the retail business of selling firearms from selling, delivering or transferring child operated firearms; defines “child operated firearm” to mean a pistol or revolver manufactured 1 year after the effective date of these provisions which does not contain a childproofing device or mechanism incorporated into the design of such pistol or revolver to effectively preclude an average 5 year old from firing same; makes violations a class A misdemeanor.

How does Serrano’s bill propose to “childproof” a gun?

The prohibition would apply to pistols or revolvers manufactured twelve or more months after the effective date of the bill. Design features could include the capacity to adjust the trigger resistance of the gun to at least a ten pound pull, the capacity to alter the firing mechanism so- that an average five year old child’s hand would be too small to operate the gun, or the capacity to require a series of multiple motions in order to fire the gun.

To make the case that this can be done, the bill reminds us of what even NRA characterized as “the Smith & Wesson sellout,” showing that old “compromises” can have far reaching consequences.

Calling it “critical to the safety of all New Yorkers,” Serrano says “one would think that this should be common sense.”

One might if one had zero knowledge of guns, of gun design and of defensive gun uses. Left unacknowledged are inconvenient realities like the fact that the harder the trigger pull, the more inaccurate the gun, a problem the New York Police Department (and those they shoot and/or miss) has experienced since the bureaucrats imposed a 12-lb. trigger pull requirement (resulting in a 15% hit ratio). Serrano has not offered how making a gun less accurate makes it safer.

Nor has he accounted for elderly gun owners and/or those with disabilities like arthritis who could be rendered defenseless if the only thing available to them was also unusable. Then there’s the matter of liability, both for hitting the wrong target and for ensuring that an owned gun remains compliant with the law. And manufacturer liability should the pull weaken over time. And the “need” to test guns every so often to make sure…

And no, of course the criminals underclass, and those most likely to pass out in an altered state with their guns lying in reach of unsupervised children, won’t be affected one bit. What it might do is increase black market demand, so “progressive” politicians can scream about the “iron pipeline,” and demand freer states adopt New York rules.

It goes without saying that Serrano has never worked in the firearms industry to understand gun design, nor does he have any qualifications regarding defensive gun usage.  He’s the son of a career politician. He got a BA in government and became a career politician himself. But then again, he doesn’t need to understand those things.

His goal in this case is gun owner control, and if he can inflict another cut and disenfranchise another group, that’s another incremental “win,” as well as another in-your-face harassment of gun owners. Serrano can get away with being criminally incompetent because he’s got a constituency dumb enough to vote for him and a machine corrupt enough to support apparatchiks who prove useful, as opposed to representatives who take their oath to the Constitution seriously.

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David Codrea

David Codrea blogs at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance (WarOnGuns.com), and is a field editor/columnist for GUNS Magazine. Named “Journalist of the Year” in 2011 by the Second Amendment Foundation for his groundbreaking work on the “Fast and Furious” ATF “gunwalking” scandal, he is a frequent event speaker and guest on national radio and television programs.