New York’s draconian, anti-American gun ban is so anti-gun that reenactors who have been recreating Civil War and Revolutionary War battles for the public for 50 years have had to cancel their decades-old events.
A growing number of reenactments of several different eras of New York History from the Rev. War, War of 1812, Civil War, World Wars, as well as the era of Voyagers and fur trappers are beginning to cancel their longstanding events because the Empire State’s new “assault weapons ban” law also bans any muzzle loader, black powder-firing gun, or guns with “obsolete” ammo.
This necessarily makes every New Yorker who owns an antique weapon a criminal.
Per the Buffalo News:
“Black powder weapons are not excepted from this ban. Possession of a firearm in public is now a felony,” a message posted to the re-enactment group’s Facebook page Sept. 4 said. “After obtaining a legal opinion, it was determined that we could not continue with holding the event this year. Participants could be subject to arrest.”
At the beginning of September, a new set of gun laws went into effect in New York. Among them are new restrictions on where guns can be carried. The legislation was passed this summer in an emergency session after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down New York’s longstanding concealed carry law which required permit seekers to explain why they needed to be able to carry a firearm. Under the new laws, the state now prohibits handguns, shotguns and rifles in a wide list of “sensitive locations” which range from schools, government buildings and courts to parks, churches and sidewalks and other public areas where permitted events are taking place.
That’s now considered an E level felony, the lowest level felony which technically can carry a sentence of up to four years in prison.
It’s not entirely clear to re-enactment organizers if the new laws apply to events like the Civil War re-enactment in Angelica which commemorates the 136th New York Volunteer Infantry who fought at Gettysburg or the popular “Siege” held every July at Old Fort Niagara which re-creates a battle between British and French forces during the French and Indian War that took place right there in Youngstown.
The new gun ban clearly states that the ban includes “obsolete ammunition not commonly available in commercial trade, or that load through the muzzle and fire a single projectile with each discharge, or loading, including muzzle loading rifles, flintlock rifles and black powder rifles.”
It also bans guns on public properties, which would include historic sites such as For Ticonderoga, Old Fort Niagra, and any other site where forts stood and battles raged that are either federal or state parks.
Many of these parks, libraries, and museums rely on the tens of thousands that reenactments bring in. Not to mention the droves of citizens who come to these events to see the recreated battles.
If all these events are canceled because of New York’s foolish gun banning, many of these organizations will cease to exist because the money they raise will dry up.
Essentially, the state is killing New York’s historical preservation with this lunatic gun ban.Commentary