The gun grabbers are up in arms this week while demonstrating the conveniently situational respect they have for the constitution when it comes to the Second Amendment. For our lead item, we return to New York where Governor Andrew Cuomo has just moved to quietly suspend a portion of the odious SAFE Act, resulting in all sorts of anger from the Democrats here. (From the New York Times)
The administration of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo agreed on Friday to suspend a plan to require background checks on ammunition sales, putting in doubt part of the gun control law that he considers one of his proudest legacies.
The decision, which the administration did not publicize, was the result of an unusual deal the governor’s office reached with the State Senate’s Republican majority. The Senate’s Democratic minority and the speaker of the State Assembly condemned the move.
The background-check system was approved as part of the Safe Act, the set of tough gun control measures that Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, persuaded lawmakers to pass in January 2013, shortly after the mass school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
As with so many things relating to the SAFE Act, the how and the why of the suspension of the ammunition purchase background check system remains a bit of a mystery. New York goes to great lengths to keep details of the implementation of this law under the covers, refusing as many details to the press as they can manage. The default reason given by the Governor’s office thus far is that the database required to implement the system is not up to snuff and can’t handle the job, so they don’t want to roll this out without a functional system. That make very little sense at first glance, though. We need a totally separate system to track and approve ammunition sales? We do background checks for gun sales on a constant basis, so why wouldn’t the same system be used for this?