Gov. Cuomo said: “I don’t think legitimate sportsmen are going to say, ‘I need an assault weapon to go hunting.’ There is a balance here, I understand the rights of gun owners.”
The rights of gun owners are laid out in the Second Amendment to the Constitution, and those rights have nothing to do with hunting. They have everything to do with protection of self and loved ones.
Continuing, Cuomo said:
“Confiscation could be an option. Mandatory sale to the state could be an option. Permitting could be an option — keep your gun, but permit it.”
Cuomo then went on to suggest that minimally, the state will institute a permit process for owners of semi-automatic “assault weapons.”
Here again I submit that the Second Amendment is the only “permit” citizens need for gun ownership. Certainly, we can lose our “gun permit” through criminal act or mental defect, but we need no permission from the state initially to purchase a firearm.
As for confiscation and mandatory buy-back of weapons by the government, this was tried by Australia in 2011, and the results are dismal.
Since Australia’s gun ban, armed robberies jumped 68 percent, assaults with guns rose 28 percent, gun murders are up 19 percent and home invasions increased 21 percent. The video below illustrates this.
Read more at the New York Times.