Cuomo: That gun law I signed turned out to be utterly unworkable, huh?

posted at 9:21 am on March 21, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

If Andrew Cuomo has truly had an epiphany about his approach to gun regulation, it’s not really evident from this admission.  The New York Times reports that Cuomo will now try to rush some changes into his banner gun-control legislation that forced New York gun owners to use magazines that no one manufactures, with even the one exception to the rule found to be unworkable (via Legal Insurrection):

In the wake of the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn., Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York pushed through the State Legislature gun control measures that included not only a tougher assault weapons ban but also a tighter restriction on the maximum legal capacity of gun magazines.

But after weeks of criticism from gun owners, Mr. Cuomo said on Wednesday that he would seek to ease the restriction, which he said had proved unworkable even before it was scheduled to take effect on April 15.

The gun-control law, approved in January, banned the sale of magazines that hold more than seven rounds of ammunition. But, Mr. Cuomo said Wednesday, seven-round magazines are not widely manufactured. And, although the new gun law provided an exemption for the use of 10-round magazines at firing ranges and competitions, it did not provide a legal way for gun owners to purchase such magazines.

Now, one might think that after having been embarrassed by his own ignorance — and in the face of a number of critics who pointed these issues out from the beginning — Cuomo would advise the legislature to repeal the bill and start over again.  One would be … wrong. This New York governor has decided to correct one idiocy with another, emphasis mine:

As a result, he said, he and legislative leaders were negotiating language that would continue to allow the sale of magazines holding up to 10 rounds, but still forbid New Yorkers from loading more than 7 rounds into those magazines.

Er, what? Will the police be around to check how many bullets are loaded into each magazine?  And, by the way, will criminals be deterred from loading rounds 8, 9, and 10 into the magazine?  The whole idea of magazine limits is to limit those with criminal intent from firing too many bullets without having to reload, at which point the law expects the disarmed to rush the criminal rather than shoot back and hope he’s worse at reloading than they will be at beating someone into submission. How will Cuomo’s latest idea deter criminals, who will have zero fear of having a gun inspection before committing their crimes?

“Hey, let’s go rob that bank.  Get your guns ready, and — oh yeah, don’t load more than seven bullets into each magazine.”

Furthermore, if that kind of restriction was at all useful, then why pass a law forbidding 15-round or 30-round magazines at all? Just pass a law that says no one can load more than seven bullets into the magazine, and voila! Problem solved, right?

William Jacobson calls this new idea “irrational and arbitrary.” It’s also dumber than a box of rocks, and anyone with a hint of self-awareness would have realized it before the press release went out.

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If this crap sticks, might we see semiautomatic pistols sold with NON-removable 10 or 13-count magazines? A permanent magazine that would be loaded like a shotgun, or like the first repeating rifles? Cartridges would still go into an area in the handle, but you could only load it via the mainframe of the weapon.

slickwillie2001 on March 21, 2013 at 1:11 PM

The proposed law here in Oregon earlier this month accounted for that. It basically said any firearm capable of more than 10 rounds was an “assault weapon” and thus banned, well they’d let you register one firearm (and require home inspections). They actually mention lever action guns in the law, aka tube fed magazines.

I’m pretty sure the 3 round shotgun limit is federal law for bird hunting. If you buy a shotgun with a “hunting barrel”, the tube magazine will have the dowel in it to limit it to 3 rounds (2 in the tube mag, one in the pipe).

oryguncon on March 21, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Liberals ARE stupid.

CW on March 21, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Your missing the whole points of these laws. They have nothing really to do with reducing homicides, but they have everything to do with feeling morally superior. So why not pass a law saying you can have 30 round magazines as long as you only keep 7 rounds in them at time? Cuomo can then run for the presidency as someone who finally did something to control gun violence and his supports can feel superior to all those Neanderthals on the right. Everyone important wins!!!!

Fred 2 on March 21, 2013 at 10:51 PM