NY Bills would Require a $250,000 Minimum Liability Insurance and GPS Tracking on Firearms

Several gun control laws have found their way into the New York assembly. One law requires gun owners to install GPS tracking on firearms while another requires gun owners to have a minimum limited liability insurance of at least $250,000. New York’s assistant Assembly Speaker Felix Ortiz, D-51, introduced the laws that have received support from a New York-based anti-gun lobby group called Gays Against Guns. The two proposed gun laws are part of the six gun control laws introduced by the same democratic legislator.


Bill A.2847 requires firearm owners to obtain minimum liability insurance of at least $250,000.


Bill No. A.8931 requires the installation of a GPS tracking system on firearms to assist in locating the gun if lost or stolen. The bill resides in the Assembly’s Consumer Affairs and Protection Committee.


Bill No. A.9783 proposes the creation of a “smart gun” commission. This bill will force firearm sellers to trade in at least one of the personalized “smart gun” pistols. The bill resides in the Codes Committee.


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Bill No. A.3152 proposes a ban on the manufacture of “ghost guns” by forcing manufacturers to assign serial numbers to every component of the firearm.


Bill A.3779 requires ammunition manufacturers to use the Ammunition Coding System (ACS) on all semi-automatic firearms and handguns traded in New York.


Bill A.3258, also known as the “Handgun Trigger Safety Act,” creates a fund to develop “smart guns” technology in New York State.


Republican legislators have already dismissed the proposed laws terming them as an attack on citizens' rights. Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay, R-120, has already indicated that he will not support any of the proposed legislation. Mark Walczyk, R-116, termed the laws as “unrealistic.”


“Mandating that a firearm has to be equipped with technology that doesn’t exist seems unrealistic to me…,” Walczyk said. “If the state wants to get serious about better protecting the public, we need to look at realistic ways to achieve that goal.”


Chris Tague, R-102, said the laws were overreaching on constitutionally granted rights. He proposed that tackling illegal handguns and mental health were the best solutions in ensuring the safety of the American people. He added that it was unnecessary to overburden the citizens with more unnecessary demands.

Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.


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