America's First Freedom - February 2014 - 35

N E W

Y O R K

S T A T E

by

Frank Miniter

ll the trouble began with a simple question
no one could answer.

Two men and one woman behind the counter at my local Gander
Mountain in New York State were quarrelling. Not angrily, but adamantly.
Finally, one of them strode off and hurried back with a dog-eared, 39-page
printout held together with an alligator clip. As she began thumbing through the
pages, I peeked over her shoulder and saw she had a printout of New York's Secure
Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013 (commonly known as the "ny
safe Act").
I swallowed a sigh. You see, I'd started this debate by placing a Ruger 10/22 magazine
on the counter. The magazine could hold a maximum of 25 cartridges. According to
the safe Act, I had to permanently alter the magazine so it couldn't be "readily restored
or converted"
to accept
more than
10 cartridges
(though I
couldn't legally
load more than seven rounds in it unless I was competing in what the state considers
to be an "official" competition; as explained below, the law originally banned magazines
that could accept more than seven rounds).
The thing is, the magazine is made from a polymer. I couldn't weld something in
place. So I asked what product I could buy, or what their gunsmith could do, to legally
alter my magazine.
The salesperson found the page she wanted and read some legalese out loud. She
then paused with this befuddled look on her face. All three looked at each other and
shrugged. The legislation surely didn't explain how someone could or couldn't alter a
magazine.
Finally, one of them pointed at the 10/22 magazine and said, "If I were you, I'd toss
that thing. If you alter it somehow and get caught with it you might find yourself at the
mercy of some judge's discretion. A criminal conviction would hang in the balance."
The three employees with their copy of the safe Act nodded in unison. They had
just tripped over one of the many practical and constitutional problems with the
safe Act. As two of the employees left to help other customers, the third, an older
gentleman, quietly asked, "Does your 10/22 have a thumbhole stock?"

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