Saturday, February 02, 2008

NY: Museums, re-enactors worry over plan to regulate antique firearms

NY: Museums, re-enactors worry over plan to regulate antique firearms

A New York City lawmaker's plan to regulate antique firearms like other weapons could have severe economic repercussions for museums and historical societies around the state and prevent hundreds of living history events and re-enactments staged every year.

If passed in its current form, the proposal by Democratic Assemblyman Michael Gianaris of Queens would make the state the first in the country to require owners of antique guns, black powder weapons and muzzleloading firearms to go through a background check and purchase a license, said Ralph Walker, a legislative specialist with the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association.


(Excerpt) Read more at newsday.com

Freeper Spok puts it best:

This is pure, unadulterated political oppression. There is no rational basis for this legislation beyond the likelihood that it would impact a demographic that doesn’t share the political views of the law’s sponsor.

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