It’s a hell of a state, Always looking for more guns to regulate. A new bill introduced by State Assemblyman Michael Ginareis would remove the excemption on black powder and muzzleloading firearms. People looking to purchase said types of guns would have to get a permit for an “antique weapon” so that they will be allowed to purchase and own black powder and muzzleloading firearms.
I’m hoping that this bill doesn’t pick up any traction in the New York House whatsoever, because it would be bad news for black powder enthusiasts (myself included) nationwide. Our pet guns, as well as those semi-blasphemous “modern” muzzleloaders have enjoyed a place almost completely off the radar of gun control advocates. That may be changing, as gun control continues to take a drubbing across the country, the other team will look to perceived “low hanging fruit” to regulate.
That’s where this bill becomes dangerous, because it’s kind of an easy PR sell. “We don’t want to ban them, we just want to make sure they’re regulated like any other gun” would be the nation wide call if this New York bill gets any real action.
It may seem far fetched, but it’s important for us to remember that the bulk of the anti-gun movement are extremists who are very good at playing to the middle demographics.
Obviously, if you’re a resident of New York, please contact your State Reps and express your opposition to this bill. The title of the bill is in the link above.