Why Cuomo’s Nutty Gun Confiscation Plan Will Never Work

Posted by on Dec 24, 2012 at 8:19 am

Now that the idiot Governor of New York brought up the ridiculous idea of confiscating guns from law-abiding citizens, the harsh reality that the state is broke has put a crimp in his plans.

New York state can’t afford to confiscate all the assault rifles out there.

The number of such military-style weapons in the state — including the New York-made Bushmaster used in the Sandy Hook massacre — is at least 1 million, far higher than even some local criminal-justice experts realize, gun-industry experts say.

And given that the weapons are worth $1,000 or more apiece, a buyback would cost the state at least $1 billion, since even Cuomo administration officials concede that their owners would have to be compensated financially.

“The cost of confiscation would make it impracticable, if there’s anything approaching a million of them, putting aside the other issues that would be involved,’’ said one Cuomo administration source.

Last week, Gov. Cuomo suggested during a radio interview that “confiscation could be an option’’ when developing a newly restrictive policy on assault-style rifles.

While a Cuomo aide estimated their number at just 30,000, industry experts who have firsthand knowledge of gun sales in New York over many years say there are “at least’’ a million semiautomatic rifles modeled on the military’s M16s legally in the hands of New Yorkers.

Unlike the millions of legally licensed handguns that are possessed by 1 million New York residents, the exact number of legally possessed semiautomatic assault rifles is not known because owners do not have to register them.

What you’d probably also have is a mass exodus of gun owners from the state who’d be relocating to more American-like states, leaving the state with even fewer taxpayers.

Cuomo’s statement that confiscation was possible went viral in pro-gun circles across the nation and is credited by firearms dealers with sharply increasing sales of the weapons in recent days.

Over the weekend, thousands of assault rifles were sold in hundreds of gun stores throughout New York — and tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, more were sold across the nation, gun-store owners report.

“I can’t keep them on the shelf,’’ one major gun-store owner told The Post.

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17 Responses to “Why Cuomo’s Nutty Gun Confiscation Plan Will Never Work”

  1. Mike Giles on 24/24/12 at 10:46 am

    Every since the Newton Massacre we’ve had the Left breathing fire and brimstone at the Right. Open wishing for our deaths. Issuing threats. And then in the very next breath, start talking about gun control and confiscation. Uh, do they think we rightists have a death wish? Why should anyone on the right assume anything other than that the left wants to disarm us, so they can ship us off to the “camps” (IOW, carry out all those threats they’ve been making).

  2. Czar of Icepicks on 24/24/12 at 11:54 am

    Illicit drugs are illegal and you can’t find any and the prices are high. There is a war on poverty and now no one is poor. A great society was started back in the 60s and now look how great the society is.

  3. lyle on 24/24/12 at 1:55 pm

    Over the weekend, thousands of assault rifles

    Mostly a lie. While I have no doubt about the number of rifles being bought, there is no such thing as an “assault rifle.”

  4. jb books on 24/24/12 at 2:13 pm

    How deeply and fundamentally those who would advocate for renewed bans, stricter laws or confiscations misunderstand the mindset of law abiding, legal guns owners in this country cannot be overstated.

  5. mike on 24/24/12 at 8:21 pm

    Come and get em…the second this country allows gun confiscation will be a bad day for the government.

  6. John Cunningham on 24/24/12 at 9:01 pm

    Note that Gov. Assface of NY state and Nanny Bloomberg each have security details of over 20 full-time cops. How about you commie scum start with re-equipping your Praetorian Guards with Nerf guns and water pistols?>

  7. John Cunningham on 24/24/12 at 9:01 pm

    Note that Gov. Assface of NY state and Nanny Bloomberg each have security details of over 20 full-time cops. How about you commie scum start with re-equipping your Praetorian Guards with Nerf guns and water pistols?>

  8. qzy on 24/24/12 at 10:24 pm

    Also, gun owner could cover their guns in petroleum jelly, put them in a waterproof box, and bury them in the woods. After the confiscation program is over, simply go retrieve them. With GPS, it wouldn’t be very difficult.

  9. Kronstadt Sailors Soviet on 25/25/12 at 8:56 am

    Some lefty rats are getting a little too excited over imam Hussein’s 2% victory, they think it is mandate time and the comrades in China are saying give up those guns America make it easy for us.

  10. Socratease on 25/25/12 at 10:31 am

    Isn’t it amazing that the same liberals who think it’s impossible to find 10 million illegal aliens and deport them, also think it’s entirely feasible to find 350 million guns and confiscate them? Even though guns don’t have to eat, or get medical care, or go to school, or find a job, all activities that would expose them to detection and seizure, they are somehow going to be easier to find than living and breathing illegals who do.

    But, remember: They’re “reality-based” thinkers!

  11. sepepper on 25/25/12 at 11:04 am

    Isn’t “gun confiscation” partially what led to the American Revolution, when those who were born & raised exclusively in the “Colonies” (i.e. those whose parents had already moved permanently from England/Europe & were born here) decided to resist tyrannical efforts of England when they began doing things like ILLEGAL SEARCH & SEIZURE of property vital to the survival of colonists, i.e. their GUNS? Cuomo is just the latest example of those who ignore the history of foreign oppression of the past & doom themselves to repeat it, as a result.

  12. Thunderstixx on 26/26/12 at 4:43 pm

    I weriously wonder about the level of intelligence of leaders like Cooooooooomoooooo and nana bloooomerburbs…

    They seriously have to understand that there would surely be an armed insurrection the minute someone tried to confiscate firearms of any kind….

    We have had 2 of those massacres in the Milwaukee Area, and without fail those like all the other massacres took place in gun free zones…

    In military parlance, a gun free zone is known as a soft target…

    And government buildings are known as bonafide military targets…

    Ask Saddam Hussein or anyone in his regime as F-117’s flew on the opening night of the war…..

  13. Just Me in NC on 28/28/12 at 6:20 am

    The one sector of the American economy that seems to be doing well, Gun and ammo manufacturing. And every time liberals start pushing for more gun/ammo control, sales go up.

    That should mean that this industry has been in growth mode for many years.

    Anyone want to bet that many liberals own stock in gun/ammo manufacturers, and use this meme to increaet the value of their portfolio?

    Or is that…..

  14. micha on 31/31/12 at 3:48 pm

    my Dad was 13 when they toke him of to a death camp with my hole family but we got out the hard way and made are way to America and built the Atomic boom so these asshole can kiss my all America ass

  15. MT Geoff on 3/03/13 at 4:23 pm

    Re #3: There’s a pretty good defintion of an “assault rifle” used by the US Army. I’m approximating here: semi-automatic, mid-range caliber (5.56 and 7.62 are the most common), pistol grip, detachable magazine. The M-16 and its variants and the AK series are legitimately called “assault rifles”. The meaningless term was “assault weapon”.
    Assault rifles are designed for people to learn to handle them easily, to fire quickly but not too quickly, and to reload rapidly. They are excellent for military use, home defense in some settings, and for some forms of hunting.
    They are also entirely appropriate for militia service. That means that the Supreme Court decision in Miller (1939, sawed-off shotguns), protects our right to have them, since Congress was permitted to restrict weapons that were not suitable to military service.
    Sen Feinstein and her ilk and her kith and her kin want to deprive law-abiding citizens of firearms. They’ll settle for starting with the “scary” looking ones but they are after all of them.

  16. Baldrickk on 3/03/13 at 4:46 pm

    Personally, I can only imagine that if the gubbmint thinks they’re going to waltz in a start confiscating firearms from their legal owners, the accounts of Ruby Ridge & Waco by comparison, will be small historical footnotes to the future stories of citizen resistance to attempted govt gun grabbing that will occur.