Stephen P. Halbrook has hit a home run in exposing that New York’s SAFE Act is based on lies, lies and more lies. His analysis of the act is extremely well documented with nearly 200 historical and legal references.
The Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act was made law on January 15, 2013. Immediately, thousands of legally-owned firearms became “assault weapons” and illegal to own unless registered. Even today, over two years after the passage of this law, upstate and rural owners of such firearms have thumbed their noses at state legislators by refusing to register their now-illegal firearms that were once protected by the Second Amendment.
Stephen’s 29-page analysis is well worth the read for Second Amendment supporters. In my opinion, all legislators should be required to read this and heed its message.
I agree with Stephen:
Constitutional rights may not be extinguished by such linguistic manipulation. The test for Second Amendment protection is not based on what a legislature may call various arms, but, as the Supreme Court held in District of Columbia v. Heller,20 on whether they are “in common use” and “typically possessed by law-abiding citizens for lawful purposes.”21
I encourage everyone to read this.