New York is an interesting state, politically speaking. Their government claims to want to help people, yet they continue to do things to make it harder to survive and to be safe.
Among the crazy things that New York politicians have enacted, gun control is one of their personal favorites. And, guess what! Those same politicians are proposing to make it even harder to buy guns in that state.
New York lawmakers are considering a bill that would require anyone seeking to purchase a firearm to complete a mental health evaluation first.
SB 7065, which was introduced by State Senator James Sanders, a Democrat, would require prospective gun buyers to prove their mental fitness prior to a background check being conducted.
Such “proof” would need to be presented “before any sale, exchange, or disposal of a firearm, rifle or shotgun at a gun show, by a federally licensed dealer or private sale, including when such sale, exchange or disposal is between immediate family members,” according to the bill.
Purchasers would be required to “provide the seller with proof of his or her approval to purchase” such weapons after submitting to an evaluation through a process that would be established by the New York State Office of Mental Health.
The Commissioner of Mental Health would be tasked with establishing regulations “relating to mental health professionals approved to perform the evaluation, the process for evaluation, and the development of a standardized form to be used by mental health professionals” performing the evaluations, according to the bill.
Failure to abide by the proposed law would result in a felony charge of criminal purchase or disposal of a weapon, which is punishable by up to seven years in prison.
Now, I know that you won’t be surprised that Sanders blames President Trump for mass shootings. No, really, he does.
So, Sanders proposed a bill which, if passed, would make you provide proof that you aren’t insane before even a background check is performed on you.
Now, tell me who pays for the “mental health evaluation.” My bet is that you do. And what if the local enforcer of gun control legislation only accepts mental health evaluations from certain people? Of course, that’s not ripe for abuse and favoritism towards their friends, right? And what if the people who can provide “acceptable” mental health evaluations will only allow people of a certain political persuasion to be able to buy a gun (as in, if you’re a Republican, they will say that you’re insane). That’s certainly not a way to rig the system, is it?
Let’s be frank: Sanders’s proposed legislation as an attempt to punish gun owners for supporting a candidate who supports their gun rights, and Sanders wants to set up a situation which is ripe for abuse, both for personal profit and for political reasons.
This bill is completely unacceptable, and the people of New York need to kill that bill before it gets passed. They’d also be smart to vote an anti-gun lunatic like Sanders out of office at the very first chance that they get.