Embarrassing ignorance forces NY to rewrite gun magazine law

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In the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in December, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers pushed through a gun-control law that prohibits the sale of magazines that can hold more than seven bullets.

There’s only one problem, nobody makes seven-bullet magazines.

Now, state leaders are planning to suspend the prohibition, which is due to take effect April 15, until they can rewrite the measure, the New York Post reports.

Now, one might think that Cuomo would have been embarrassed by his own ignorance and advise the legislature to repeal the bill and start over again, as Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey suggests.

Instead, Cuomo doubles down on his idiocy by saying they are looking at language that will allow the sale of magazines that hold up to 10 rounds, but forbid New Yorkers from loading more than 7 rounds into those magazines.

You may want to read that again. And good luck trying to enforce how many bullets are loaded into each magazine.

Morrissey astutely notes:

“Furthermore, if that kind of restriction was at all useful, then why pass a law forbidding 15-round or 30-round magazines at all? Just pass a law that says no one can load more than seven bullets into the magazine, and voila! Problem solved, right?”

The Post notes that the National Rifle Association joined its New York affiliate to file suit filed this week challenging the new law.

“Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature usurped the legislative and democratic process in passing these extreme anti-gun measures with no committee hearings and no public input,” said NRA Institute for Legislative Action executive director Chris W. Cox.

“Law-abiding citizens have a fundamental right to keep commonly possessed firearms for defense of themselves and their families and for other lawful purposes,” Cox added.

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