The end of the world as we knew it is upon us in New York State.
New York’s recent SAFE Act legislation (see the full text) immediately prohibited the sale of what misguided politicians call “assault weapons” and any magazine that holds more than seven cartridges effective January 14, 2013. Sales within New York were immediately halted and are now forever forbidden unless there is an unlikely repeal or successful legal challenge. This means that if you live in New York state and wanted to get a PTR91, AR15, WASR, Saiga, or a standard capacity magazine for any of the same – it is too late. You can not EVER legally buy one in New York – EVER – even from a private citizen within state lines. If you already have one you must dispose of or register it within one year. The same is true of magazines with the capacity to hold 10 or more cartridges. If you do not already have them, you can not legally obtain them in New York. And if you do have them, you will be required to dispose of them unless they belong to a C&R eligible weapon that your register as an assault weapon.
Through SurvivalBlog you have warned your readers for years that when the SHTF, we will have to make due with those supplies that we have prepared ahead of time. That now is the case in New York. If you have not armed yourself, you can not now legally do so with the most effective tools for defense. To merely posses what has been legal will become a crime unless you are willing to give up your standard capacity magazines and give these same ignorant and arrogant politicians a list of what you have then rely on their good will to allow you to continue to possess it.
It gets worse. Effective March 15th 2013 private sales of any firearm (“assault weapon” or otherwise) will be forbidden in New York without a NICS check; and effective January 2014 sales of ammunition will require a background check and be logged so that the state will know how many of what type of cartridge are purchase and how often we do so. Ammunition sellers will be required to record our name and address along with the quantity, brand, and caliber of ammunition purchased. As you can imagine under these circumstances, ammunition prices have skyrocketed in the rush for people to accumulate a lifetime supply of it before January 13, 2014.
For those of us who value privacy the S has already hit the fan. If we ever need to defend ourselves from anything from criminals, corrupt governments, or post apocalyptic dangers, we will need to defend ourselves with whatever tools are already on hand and the ammunition we can accumulate in the next year.
For those of you outside of New York I can only say heed the warnings. Learn by our failures, and fight against any similar tyranny on a Federal level or in your home states. I am relying on you since I am actively looking for real estate in a place where there is still a measure of freedom.
Mike (aka Mr. Yankee)