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NYC Lawmaker Bill To Restrict Museum Firearms

Another kooky “do-gooder” in New York City wants to heavily regulate antique firearms. This could kill the museum and re-enactment business in Upstate New York.

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.

Presently, antique firearms are exempt from regulation under New York law. Gianaris’ plan would regulate them like handguns without exemptions for historic sites, museums, living history events, reenactments, educational programs or purposes, or interpretative events.

My question is, why do we need regulations for antique guns? Antique firearms are dinosaurs; they don’t load well, they are not accurate, and most are very old and fragile. An overwhelming amount of these guns are owned by museums and collectors. It’s not like people in the state are going to lock and load and stalk the neighborhood with an 1776 musket. You also have to use black powder and, in some cases, paper wadding, to operate them anyway. What is really going on? Why would a NYC lawmaker want to slap antique gunowners so harshly? Hmm. Could there be an ulterior motive besides doing it “for the children”??

“Many upstate communities depend upon heritage tourism as a major economic contributor. This bill would be a terrible economic loss to them … and would be a disgrace to New York state’s proud history and heritage,” said Doug Cubbison, of the Army’s 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum.

Such a stupid law would kill the historic Upstate re-enactment business, and cripple most Upstate museums financially. Hmm. Plus, no one is really talking about the most important issue: the right to bear arms.

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

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I've been traveling throughout New York State since I got the travel bug after touring the Herkimer Home on a school field trip as a youngster. We've been blogging about our travels since 2006 and have visited over half of New York's 62 counties so far.

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  1. Well whadda ya know! NYC’s Tories are not yet dead! They are alive and well! And still trying to make us discard our Brown Bess rifles!
    Outrageous!

  2. You don’t have any Brown Bess rifles! But the whole idea behind it IS wrong.

  3. threecollie says:

    Another outrage in Albany. Why downstate legislators keep coming up with intrusive junk laws like this is beyond me!

  4. Mercedes says:

    Hi, Mrs Mecomber,

    When you read these types of news, don’t you sometimes get the feeling that energy could be put to better use. How about we worry about modern firearms?
    Anyway, I have tagged you for the following book meme, have fun!
    http://moneycommonsense.blogspot.com/2008/02/book-meme.html