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Dale Esser, Carrington, N.D., Published August 03 2013

Letter: Don’t buy NY mayor’s ‘blueprint’

The Mayors Against Illegal Guns tour bus came to Fargo. Their supporters want background checks for all gun sales. Those who spoke at the event may sincerely want to expand background checks and nothing more, however MAIG has much loftier goals.

The New York Safe Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013 is a prime example. Besides a ban on future sale or transfer of “assault weapons” and magazine capacity restrictions, full implementation of the law in 2014 will require criminal background checks for every ammunition purchase, retailers must maintain records of all ammunition purchases, large ammunition purchases (500 rounds) must be immediately reported to law enforcement and an electronic ammunition registry is to be created. Any current owner of an “assault weapon” has to sell it out of state, render it inoperable or surrender the firearm to law enforcement.

Mere possession of a rifle or pistol magazine that can hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition or possessing a 10-round magazine loaded with more than seven rounds can be prosecuted as a Violent Class D felony. The potential punishment is a sizable fine and up to seven years in prison. The infraction is considered worse than vehicular manslaughter or production of child pornography.

These examples are the tip of the proverbial iceberg. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the law “common sense” and a blueprint for the rest of the nation. When oversights in the law were realized, Cuomo credited/blamed MAIG for drafting the law.

The bus tour is only the beginning. The MAIG Action Fund has registered as a nonprofit corporation in North Dakota. According to the filing with the North Dakota secretary of state, the nature of their business is to educate policymakers and the public about gun violence. The group has registered in at least 14 other states.

Since you do not need government permission to purchase advertising or fill mailboxes with junk mail, I have to conclude MAIG intends to lobby state legislatures to change what they feel are lax gun laws.

For those of you unaware, the primary force behind MAIG is billionaire New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. If you think Bloomberg gives a damn about your rights, I suggest you research the stop and frisk program employed by the NYC police and defended by Bloomberg. Without a warrant, NYC police randomly stop and frisk pedestrians looking for weapons and drugs. This violation of their rights is defended as a public safety measure. Apparently that passes as common sense in New York.