By: Friedrich Seiltgen

Copyright © 2022

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court siding with the U.S. Constitution and striking down New York State’s unconstitutional concealed weapons license permitting system, New York Governor Kathy Hochul has doubled down on tyranny!  The Governor quickly passed laws that are more unconstitutional than the ones struck down by the Supreme Court!

Hochul claims the impetus for the legislation was the Supreme Court decision that struck down New York’s requirement that applicants show an “actual and articulable” self-defense need for a CCW license.  Strange, I didn’t see a ‘need’ requirement in the Constitution!

Because of the stroke of a pen, (the Supreme Court) removed longstanding limitations that we were able to use in the state of New York to make smart decisions on who should have the right to carry a weapon,” Hochul said.  We believe gun laws like those have made New York safer.”

On Friday, July 1st, the League of Extraordinary Imbeciles at the State Capital in Albany voted to pass the legal measure during a special legislative session.  The new law creates a strict permitting process for CCW Licensing that requires a background check for ammunition purchase, necessitates a safe storage requirement if anyone under the age of 18 lives at the residence, and prohibits carry in “sensitive places.”  Applicants must also prove they have “the essential character, temperament, and judgement necessary to be entrusted with a weapon and to use it only in a manner that does not endanger oneself and others.”  But wait, there’s more!

New York wants to go full 1984 and look at your social media before allowing you to exercise your Constitutional right to keep and bear arms!  You heard me.  Anyone seeking a gun permit would have to disclose both their active and inactive social media accounts for the last 3 years, as well as provide references the state can contact to confirm the applicant’s “good moral character.”

Apparently, Governor Hochul believes that CCW holders are responsible for a lot of gun crime.  When Hochul was questioned about her comments and asked for empirical data backing up her claims, she responded like any every tyrant does:

“I don’t need to have numbers.  I don’t need to have a data point to say this.  I know that I have a responsibility for this state to have sensible gun safety laws.”

We’re keeping an eye out for tyranny and we’ll keep Gunpowder readers updated on any changes.  In light of recent decisions by the Supreme Court, I’ll be expecting a lot more tyranny coming our way.

That’s all for now folks!   Please keep sending in your questions, tips, and article ideas.  And as always – “Let’s Be Careful Out There”

 Friedrich Seiltgen is a retired Master Police Officer with 20 years of service with the Orlando Police Department.   He conducts training in Lone Wolf Terrorism, Firearms and Active Shooter Response.  His writing has appeared in RECOIL, The Counter Terrorist Magazine, American Thinker, Homeland Security Today, and The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International.  Contact him at [email protected]