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New York can’t afford assault rifle buyback – it could cost the state $1B

New York Post – by FREDRIC U. DICKER

New York state can’t afford to confiscate all the assault rifles out there.

The number of such military-style weapons in the state — including the New York-made Bushmaster used in the Sandy Hook massacre — is at least 1 million, far higher than even some local criminal-justice experts realize, gun-industry experts say.

And given that the weapons are worth $1,000 or more apiece, a buyback would cost the state at least $1 billion, since even Cuomo administration officials concede that their owners would have to be compensated financially.

“The cost of confiscation would make it impracticable, if there’s anything approaching a million of them, putting aside the other issues that would be involved,’’ said one Cuomo administration source.

Last week, Gov. Cuomo suggested during a radio interview that “confiscation could be an option’’ when developing a newly restrictive policy on assault-style rifles.

While a Cuomo aide estimated their number at just 30,000, industry experts who have firsthand knowledge of gun sales in New York over many years say there are “at least’’ a million semiautomatic rifles modeled on the military’s M16s legally in the hands of New Yorkers.

Unlike the millions of legally licensed handguns that are possessed by 1 million New York residents, the exact number of legally possessed semiautomatic assault rifles is not known because owners do not have to register them.

But the weapons have been for sale in the state for 30 years or more, and many hunters, target shooters and collectors own multiple ones.

“There’s at least 1 million of them in New York,’’ one of the state’s most prominent advocates for gun ownership told The Post. “There actually could be two or three times that many. I don’t think all the anti-gun people out there have a clue as to what the real number of these guns is,’’ said the source, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of public harassment.

Cuomo’s statement that confiscation was possible went viral in pro-gun circles across the nation and is credited by firearms dealers with sharply increasing sales of the weapons in recent days.

Over the weekend, thousands of assault rifles were sold in hundreds of gun stores throughout New York — and tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, more were sold across the nation, gun-store owners report.

“I can’t keep them on the shelf,’’ one major gun-store owner told The Post.

A visit by The Post to another gun store in an Albany suburb found it packed with customers seeking to purchase assault-style rifles, which use large magazine clips and include the Herkimer County-made Bushmaster.

“Cuomo is talking about confiscating our guns, and I’m not going to let him take mine,’’ said a customer who purchased a Springfield M1A, a semiautomatic version of the military’s M14 rifle.

Efforts by Cuomo to reach an agreement with the Legislature on a package of gun-control laws has, so far, gone nowhere.

Senate Republicans, who will retain enormous power in January, have made it clear they don’t support confiscation of assault weapons or any new severe restrictions on their ownership.

Assembly Democrats back the most severe restrictions but, sources said, have repeatedly refused to agree to sharp increases in penalties for illegal gun possession or for the use of guns in violent crimes.

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/ny_in_jam_forget_rifle_buyback_tiTyUjCeA5bNtmL6jpDeCO

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5 Responses to New York can’t afford assault rifle buyback – it could cost the state $1B

  1. chris says:

    They would just get a grant from the feds, what’s a few more zeroes in the computer?

    They could TRY a buy back using pre paid cards loaded with “cash”

    “Cuomo is talking about confiscating our guns, and I’m not going to let him take mine,’’ said a customer who purchased a Springfield M1A, a semiautomatic version of the military’s M14 rifle.

    Best line in the whole story

  2. # 1 NWO Hatr says:

    “And given that the weapons are worth $1,000 or more apiece, a buyback would cost the state at least $1 billion, since even Cuomo administration officials concede that their owners would have to be compensated financially.”

    Not that the so-called ‘government’ would even consider giving the owners anywhere near what they’re actually worth.

    $100 Wegman’s gift card and a free flu shot is their best offer so far.

  3. Large Scale Aggressor says:

    “Assembly Democrats back the most severe restrictions but, sources said, have repeatedly refused to agree to sharp increases in penalties for illegal gun possession or for the use of guns in violent crimes.”

    Obviously the plan is not to reduce criminal’s access to guns but to increase the criminals access to defenseless victims.

    • TranceAm says:

      ” to increase the criminals access to defenseless victims.”

      That sounds like what a Communist/Left Wing Regime is.

      A bunch of Criminals in power that calls themselves the Elite/God Blessed/Special Ones/Chosen Ones/Party top/Polit Buro/Tsar/Royalty or whatever the label they use to justify sitting on a pedestal and everyone else defenseless victims.

      Its a double edged sword though.. When the gun ban goes life, and the citizens refuse to hand them over.. Same laws apply.

  4. NC says:

    I don’t know about you, but for some reason I just don’t see how that many guns in the picture above were actually the amount of guns that were turned in. If so, then there are a lot of stupid people out there that will only be saved by the hand of God when the time comes because they just sold their soul to the government itself and signed their own death warrant.

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