New York's Tough Gun Laws Are Pretty Worthless: Report
Mayor Mike Bloomberg is on a crusade to rid the world of guns. Unfortunately, it's not doing a whole lot to keep guns out of the hands of thugs in New York City, according to a recently released report from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
According to the report, 8,793 guns were seized in New York in 2011. Only 1,595 were actually purchased here.
The majority of the weapons are coming from states with less-restrictive gun laws, like Virginia, Pennsylvania and Florida -- which has led to New York's reputation as a "market state" for guns.
"We call New York a market state because it's so highly regulated that it's easier to get a gun in another state and bring it back," ATF Group Supervisor Robert Cucinelli says.
New York's laws on purchasing single-shot rifles or shotguns follow federal guidelines that are similar to those of other states. However, New York's handgun laws are much more restrictive -- the license applications can take up to six months and require a rather thorough vetting process.
But, as federal authorities point out, those laws do little to prevent people from buying the more-regulated guns elsewhere and bringing them back to New York.
Bloomberg uses just about every high-profile shooting in the United States to call for tougher federal gun laws, and to urge states to beef up their own laws regulating firearms. But Bloomberg is the mayor of New York, not the world, and his demands are met with resistance from gun nuts who cite the second amendment every time he wants to rip the guns from their cold, dead hands.
The report proves one thing: New York can be the most anti-gun state in the union, but it will do zilch to curb gun violence as long as surrounding states make it easy for people to buy firearms.
See the ATF's full report here.
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