Come and get them, assholes

New York City's outgoing mayor is now planning to ramp up his city's longstanding and utterly misbegotten war against the universal right of self-defence:
The New York City Police Department (NYPD) is sending out letters telling gun owners to turn over their rifles and shotguns — or else face the consequences. 
New York City’s ban on rifles and shotguns that hold more than five rounds is now being enforced, according to a letter the NYPD is sending out to targeted city gun owners. 

“It appears you are in possession of a rifle and/or Shotgun (listed below) that has an ammunition feeding device capable of holding more than five (5) rounds of ammunition. Rifles and shotguns capable of holding more than five (5) rounds of ammunition are unlawful to possess in New York City, as per NYC Administrative Code 10-306 (b).” 
“You have the following options,” the letter explains. 
“1. Immediately surrender your Rifle and/or Shotgun to your local police precinct, and notify this office of the invoice number. The firearm may be sold or permanently removed from the City of New York thereafter. 
2. Permanently remove your Rifle and/or Shotgun from New York City and provide the following…Disposition Report/Registration Certificate…Notarized statement of permanent removal…Utility bill or other proof of residency regarding the address where the firearm will be stored outside the City of New York. 
3. You may call to discuss the matter if you believe your firearm is in compliance…” 

Departing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is a major gun-control activist, with his coalition recently sponsoring an ad that depicts an Adam Lanza-type character entering a school full of children.
If you live in New York City (like I used to) your options are simple. Either you stay under the thumb of these weasels, or you leave the city like they asked. After all, they have every right to insist on being idiots- and you are under exactly zero obligation to stay in the city that insists on stripping you of your rights. Move out of the city towards the suburbs, or better yet move out of the state entirely. Pennsylvania, for instance, is far more sensible about this sort of thing than New York.

I also find it immensely amusing that these people seem to think that they can reduce the likelihood of another whackjob going postal by doing this. They evidently don't know much of anything about firearms. If they did, they would understand that a modern single-shot hunting rifle is actually far more accurate, powerful, and dangerous over a vastly greater distance than a high-capacity medium-range assault rifle derivation like the AR-15. A medium-calibre hunting rifle is far more lethal than any handgun as well. Yet hunting rifles are actually legal to own in the state, as long as they use centrefire ammunition.

Guns that you purchase for your own use are yours to own, and no nitwit government bureaucrat has any right to tell you otherwise. What you do with them is your own damn business as long as you never harm another human being for any reason other than self-defence. I strongly recommend that you take whatever steps are necessary to keep it that way.


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