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 (, 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.


  1. JudgeGarry 26 May, 2017, 04:56

    Ummm, yeah, like we listen to them. Remember this, there was a 96% non-compliance to the NY unSAFe Act’s registration of “assault weapons”…So, go ahead, pass all those laws, until you feel all warm and fuzzy and think you’ve solved the state’s woes. We’ll still be here, we’ll still be happily ready to defend our families, communities, and country. We’ll just be felons…

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    • Nick 27 May, 2017, 09:14

      Hmmm! Seems to me that I haven’t seen one member of any legislature, judge, or bureaucrat even put on trial for a violation of the oath of office.
      I think that gun owners in this nation need to be reminded that the Second Amendment does not simply infer a right, but also a duty that the Constitution recognizes at Article 1, Section 8, Clause 15, and through the state Militia statutes.
      Rep. Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts: “Whenever governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia, in order to raise an army upon their ruins.” Annals of Congress (August 17, 1789)

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  2. alKidya 26 May, 2017, 08:30

    I agree! Of course, any bill that is proposed by Liberal Leftists is dangerous to life.
    BTW. Your Twitter share link does not work. Just to let you know.

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  3. Rick Anderson 26 May, 2017, 08:36

    Don’t blame state senator Serrano. He is just another symptom of New York’s disease. The actual disease itself is the numerous stupid people of New York who elect such symptoms as Serrano. If that is what New Yorkers want, then screw them and I hope they enjoy what they get. Don’t try it here in Arizona though, because we will use our firearms in the manner our founding fathers intended when they created the 2nd Amendment.

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    • VonZorch 26 May, 2017, 19:21

      You might want to re-think that statement considering how many times Arizona has re-elected that enemy of the Constitution McCain.

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  4. Mike 26 May, 2017, 08:37

    There are so many things wrong with this state of mind, I dont even know where to start. Number one, why is it that those with little to no experience with guns, training of weapons and defensive real world situations,,,,,, are the ones discussing whats best for those who use and carry every day? How can they prove that making any Gun Control changes will lead to a safer state? The answer is, they can’t… The numbers prove it, those places with the strictest Gun Control laws have some of the highest gun violence in the country. So when a criminal has a weapon with 30 rounds and no obstacles to use that weapon, how are we safer when we have 12 pound triggers and 6 round magazines and bullet buttons and biofingerprint readers or a key fob in your pocket which activates the firing mechanism on the gun which has so many points of failure its sickening.

    How does this protect anyone but the Criminal who intends to harm the innocent? These Liberals are so far out in left field, they need to stick to what they know! Safe Spaces and limiting soda pop to 8 ounces.. My Gosh!

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    • Nick 27 May, 2017, 09:22

      “why is it that those with little to no experience with guns, training of weapons and defensive real world situations,,,,,, are the ones discussing whats best for those who use and carry every day?”
      Because the rest of us outright refuse to abide by, and “execute the Laws of the Union” as the Constitution recognizes.
      If you repudiate the working principle of the nation, that is of a country formed of Popular Sovereignty, and abandon your enforcement authority, what do you think is going to happen?
      Forget the Second Amendment and read Article 1, Section 8, Clause 15 & 16 along with the state statutes that define Militia, and guided the hand of the Founders.

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  5. DMarkWard 26 May, 2017, 08:40

    Ha ha. Beware of anyone, particularly politicians, who have splendiferous “look at me” sartorial style.

    What’s with the Polka dots and the Yellow bow tie of the guy in back who seems to have a pocket handkerchief more matching to Serrano’s get-up?

    I am reminded of a more than 20 year old Rush Limbaughism: “Politics is show business for ugly people”. And for some, ugly ideas too.

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  6. cliff 26 May, 2017, 08:56

    Just another IDIOT scumocrat with absolutely NO idea what the hell he is jabbering about and attempting to make “rules” that the CRIMINAL again, will not follow. Keep your “rules” and absurd “laws” in the city where they belong.

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  7. The Enforcer 26 May, 2017, 10:29

    I am now convinced that being a NY Democrat makes you a certified loony tune. That is by far the most retarded bill I have ever read.

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  8. emee 26 May, 2017, 10:35

    try as they might to con the ignorant citizens they are ultimately failures… unconstitutional and criminals at heart.

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  9. June 26 May, 2017, 13:06

    I never listed to marxists wearing bow ties.

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    • Charlie BROWN 26 May, 2017, 17:33

      June, I was thinking just the opposite. In my state WA. Rep. from Vancouver area wheres a bow tie a real leftist commie geek. and I have seen more. This must be a new Marxist dress code.I think Col. Sanders would slap em silly with a drum stick.

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  10. beau 26 May, 2017, 14:18

    he is merely an ignorant troll, used to baffling his ‘constituents’ with bovine scat and deluded into thinking all agree with him, a reflection of his megalomania. this man is so representative of ‘leaders’ today who only have to mesmerize their dumbed down prey with lofty words and crumbs from their table to remain in power.

    his message is victimhood is superior to defending oneself.

    in short, his message really sucks.

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  11. Chas 26 May, 2017, 20:04

    Just simply another Leftist fool! I’m saying he moves pretty close to the top of the stupid list!

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  12. Notny 27 May, 2017, 07:18

    Is there an exception buried within that exempts government goons and bodyguards from this blatantly stupid legislation? There must be, he wouldn’t want HIS bodyguards to have low functioning firearms, only the citizens. Or is he a true believer? Just, wow. Why do people live in NY?

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