New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the latest New York law expressing the state’s hostility to the Second Amendment Monday.
The “Red Flag” law will take effect in 180 days.
The legislation allows the court system to seize legally owned firearms without a criminal conviction. Private individuals, law enforcement and school administration can request that judges impose gun confiscation on those they personally deem a threat to themselves or others.
The bill lays out a process through which a judge can issue an order preventing individuals deemed to be a security risk from either possessing or buying a gun for six days.
During that period, a hearing would be held in which the judge could extend the gun ownership ban for up to a year- all without any form of criminal conviction, and merely at the request on an individual who deems another to be a dangerous threat.
The backdoor, extrajudicial gun confiscation is gaining popularity across the country, as an alternative to policies that would ordinarily require criminal convictions to strip Americans of their Second Amendment Rights.
Even Republicans in nominally conservative states such as Arizona are pushing to implement systems that would allow for red flag gun confiscation.
New York already has some of the toughest gun control laws in the country. Firearms deemed to be “assault weapons” are banned, and the state has imposed a licensing system for ownership of all guns.
Gun ownership in New York City itself is largely restricted to the wealthy and politically connected, as the city utilizes a complicated permit system that largely prices out middle and working-class law abiding citizens from gun ownership.
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