New York Gov. Andy Cuomo, who rushed gun control legislation through his Democrat-controlled statehouse, apparently is backing off his plan to cap the capacity of ammunition magazines.
Among his ideas – including registering all so-called assault weapons while banning their future sale -- Cuomo’s mag limit would have specified a maximum of seven rounds when locked and loaded.
Even possession of a bigger mag would be a crime, so New Yorkers had a year to send their magazines out of state.
Well, the governor may have had a change of heart, or has seen the political and practical impossibility, and is now suggesting that 10 rounds of magazine capacity be the new Empire State Standard. But shooters could only load seven. Otherwise they would be over the Legal Limit and subject to prosecution.
This is brilliant since we all know that terrorists and sociopathic massacre-killers would adhere to the rule in order to avoid being charged with additional crimes once caught and brought to justice.
Here’s a better idea, Andrew. Don’t mess with the magazines, just put capacity on the honor system. Ten, 15, 20, 30, whatever size magazine. Just load seven and we’re good to go. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Declare victory and withdraw. And keep your mitts off my mags.
Now doesn’t that make you feel safer? Sorry, folks, but as my dad also used to say, “You can’t fix stupid.”
- Dr. Gatling