After the unconstitutional and extremely controversial gun control bill in NY was passed last year, over $27 million dollars was allocated for the creation of a database. The so called “SAFE Act” required extra technology and a database to keep tabs on gun owners who are now being treated like common criminals.
So far at least $7 million has been spent on the database with not much to show for it. This news has just come out after Assembly Ways and Means Chairman Denny Farrell, D-Manhattan was asked about the funds during a budget debate.
Assembly Republicans in New York also asked Farrell about the spending and the database that New York is creating. The state is working on a database for background checks of ammunition purchases, but it is not yet operational.
So where did the $7M go? Part of it was spent working on an “assault weapons” registration. Yes, common semi-automatic rifles are now being considered “assault weapons” in NY and the state wants all those guns to be registered. This will of course make everyone in New York safer right, and surely such a database would never be used to confiscate those weapons, right? They just want to know where they are.
By the way, these guns are required to be registered by April 1st, and that’s no April Fool’s joke.
Critics of the gun control legislation were quick to point out issues with the bill’s implementation:
“Where’s the verification?” asked Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin of the Albany area about where the money has gone.
Farrell said, “This SAFE Act is something we want to give a little more freedom to” in regards to how the money is lined out in the budget.
“Not me,” McLaughlin, a SAFE Act critic, responded.
Farrell also couldn’t provide a figure on how many guns have been registered with the state. State Police have refused to release the data.
A pro-gun rally tomorrow at the Capitol is featuring Donald Trump. Gun-control groups also announced a news conference tomorrow in support of the law, which was passed in January 2013.