NEW YORK– With the change of power right around the corner, and Joe Biden’s proposed gun control agenda, many Americans are in fear of losing some of their fundamental rights.
Now, in a true overreach of power, a New York lawmaker has proposed a bill that would not allow anyone, other than police officers, to own bulletproof vests. The bill goes a step further, and would require anyone owning body armor, to turn it over.
Democratic Assemblyman Jonathan G. Jacobson, introduced the bill, A. 353, on January 6th as an amendment to an existing law that bans use of body armor by criminals committing a felony with a firearm.
Should this bill pass, it would outlaw the sale and possession of body armor in the state of New York. Additionally, the bill, which would go into effect sixty days from the date it passes, would require residents who own a bulletproof vest to turn them over to police within 15 days of the bill becoming law.
This bill would make New York the first state to ban the purchase or possession of bulletproof vests for law-abiding residents. New York has traditionally been at the forefront of efforts to restrict guns and associated accessories. If Jacobson’s bill passes, it could be the start of a trend across other blue states to target the protective items even outside their use in any specific crime, The Free Beacon reported.
NEW YORK: If passed, this law would go into effect sixty days later and anyone currently in possession of a body vest would be required to turn it into the police within the following fifteen days. Take action now at https://t.co/22Mse3yYA1 #2A #RKBA #NewYork pic.twitter.com/FPvho7qvpa
— Firearms Policy Coalition (@gunpolicy) January 14, 2021
Many Second Amendment advocates are speaking out against the bill. The Firearms Policy Coalition is one of the groups campaigning against the bill.
The group wrote in a statement posted on its website:
“A. 352 deprives New Yorkers of their right to passive defense by instituting a confiscatory ban on body armor,”
It goes on to say:
“A. 352 criminalizes the purchase and possession of body vests, which New York law defines as soft body armor that provides wearers with Level I or greater protection (the lowest common rating for body armor) intended to stop low kinetic energy rounds such as a .380.”
— NTD News (@news_ntd) January 15, 2021
According to Fox News, Jacobson’s bill would also make buying or owning a bulletproof vest “a class A misdemeanor for a first offense and a class E felony for each subsequent offense,” which the coalition noted could result in a four-year prison sentence.
While the ban would obviously not apply to police officers, who require the armor for their jobs, it is also leaving many other professionals who use the bulletproof vests in their careers vulnerable.
BulletSafe, a body armor company, states on their website that many other people besides law enforcement officers use bulletproof vests, such as:
Security Guards, Shop Owners and Workers, Surveyors, Park Rangers, Volunteers, Bank Employees, Couriers, War Photographers, Urban Explorers, Paramedics, People Who Don’t Trust The Other Patrons At The Gun Range”
As The Free Beacon noted, journalists are also among the individuals who rely on vests for their safety when reporting on hostile situations.
Julio Rosas, a senior writer for Townhall.com who covered the violent riot at the Capitol as well as those throughout the country this summer, said the bill could be harmful to journalists who utilize bulletproof vests while doing their job.
Rosas told the The Free Beacon:
“I got shot with a rubber bullet when I didn’t have body armor,”
“So, that’s why I got it to protect me against getting hit with crowd-control munitions. And then, as the unrest continued, it showed I also need to make sure I wear it because there is often gunfire at these riots.”
They want you completely defenseless. https://t.co/wtA1it90iA
— nathan (@wyattsheepie) January 15, 2021
Rosas said he witnessed shootings at riots multiple times during the chaos that took place around the country following the death of George Floyd, and noted that many of those in his industry wear the vests for their own protection. He shared that he might not be as willing to cover dangerous situations if he was unable to wear body armor.
“If we really want to talk about press freedoms, that has to be a part of a conversation,”
“In order to do our job safely and show the American people what’s happening, we need to be able to protect ourselves.”
At this point, no one has cosponsored Jacobson’s bill since the legislative session began last week.
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Biden doubles down on NRA targeting, says he will ‘defeat’ them
January 12, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a recent statement commemorating the tenth anniversary of the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords, Joe Biden placed the National Rifle Association firmly in his cross hairs.
On January 8, 2021, Biden gave a brief speech in which he recalled the attack of January 8, 2011. On that day at a constituent event in Tucson, Arizona, a shooter killed six people, wounded many others, and seriously wounded Rep. Giffords.
— Thomas Blair (@blairthomas11) January 11, 2021
Biden went on in the speech to praise Giffords, stating:
“Like so many survivors of violence, Gabby has turned tragedy into purpose, working with other leaders across the country to transform the fight for gun safety reform from a cause to a movement.”
Biden concluded his statement by saying:
“As President, I pledge to continue to work together with Congresswoman Giffords, and with survivors, families, and advocates across the country, to defeat the NRA and end the epidemic of gun violence in America.”
Biden reiterated this pledge in a January 8 tweet to Giffords, in which he said:
“@GabbyGiffords — Your perseverance and immeasurable courage continue to inspire me and millions of others.
“I pledge to continue to work with you — and with survivors, families, and advocates across the country — to defeat the NRA and end our epidemic of gun violence.”
.@GabbyGiffords — Your perseverance and immeasurable courage continue to inspire me and millions of others. I pledge to continue to work with you — and with survivors, families, and advocates across the country — to defeat the NRA and end our epidemic of gun violence. https://t.co/zN5J5YjXUM
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) January 8, 2021
Biden’s open opposition to the NRA is nothing new.
In a campaign stop in 2019 in New Hampshire, Biden bragged:
“I’m the only guy ever nationally to beat the NRA.”
Just over a year ago, on January 8, 2020, Biden tweeted:
“We have to beat the NRA.”
This election is about the soul of America — and a nation that allows our epidemic of school shootings to continue has a troubled soul. We have to beat the @NRA and get weapons of war off our streets. Lives depend on it. pic.twitter.com/WtSljHo3ka
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) January 9, 2020
His 2020 campaign website even invoked his stance against the gun rights advocacy organization.
Under his proposal entitled “The Biden Plan to End Our Gun Violence Epidemic,” Biden’s campaign website proclaims:
“Joe Biden has taken on the National Rifle Association (NRA) on the national stage and won – twice.
“In 1993, he shepherded through Congress the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, which established the background check system that has since kept more than 3 million firearms out of dangerous hands.”
It goes on to say:
“In 1994, Biden – along with Senator Dianne Feinstein – secured the passage of 10-year bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
“As president, Joe Biden will defeat the NRA again.”
Ironically, the shooter who targeted Giffords and other victims in the 2011 attack passed his background check in order to obtain the firearm he used.
The NRA responded to Biden’s statement with a tweet encouraging gun owners to stay alert and involved.
“On Friday, Biden pledged to DEFEAT THE NRA.
“Biden wants to ban our semi-auto rifles, tax our guns/mags & more.
“He knows the only thing standing in his way to DISMANTLE THE 2ND AMENDMENT is NRA.”
The tweet concluded:
“Gun owners must stay vigilant & be engaged in elections and the legislative process.”
On Friday, Biden pledged to DEFEAT THE NRA.
Biden wants to ban our semi-auto rifles, tax our guns/mags & more. He knows the only thing standing in his way to DISMANTLE THE 2ND AMENDMENT is NRA.
Gun owners must stay vigilant & be engaged in elections and the legislative process.
— NRA (@NRA) January 10, 2021
Biden’s campaign website does indeed include a number of plans that promise to limit the rights of law-abiding gun owners to bear arms.
Joe Biden has promised to “prioritize” repeal of legislation that protects gun manufacturers from civil liability for use of their products.
Gun purchases are to be limited to one per month, online sales of “firearms, ammunition, kits and gun parts” are to be prohibited, and safe storage is to be mandated by law.
Biden has also promised to ban the manufacture and sale of so-called “assault weapons” and “high-capacity magazines,” and to ban the import of “assault weapons” via “executive authority.”
In addition, he plans to require registration of “assault weapons” and “high-capacity magazines,” by forcing those who do not participate in a government “buyback” to register these items.
When Joe Biden says he plans to defeat the NRA, what he actually means is he plans to strip away your Second Amendment rights.
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) January 11, 2021
Biden also promised on his campaign website to incentivize states to insert themselves further in gun ownership, by encouraging “red flag” laws and enacting legislation requiring states to force gun owners to obtain a license before a gun purchase.
Biden also claims that the NRA and gun manufacturers are “bullying” those who sell so-called “smart guns,” and he plans for all guns sold in the U.S. to be “smart guns” in the future — guns which allow only “authorized users” to fire a weapon.
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Author: K. Winters