Liberals are going coo-coo again!
This time, a New York senator has introduced a bill that would revoke a person’s gun rights if they are charged with a hate crime, even if it is a misdemeanor.
This could lead to some devastating consequences.
The FBI defines a hate crime as a “criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity.”
But they are very clear that “hate itself is not a crime”. The FBI stated they are “mindful of protecting freedom of speech and other civil liberties.”
But according to Sen. Daniel Squadron from Manhattan, hate crimes are up since the election of Trump. So he authored the bill known as Senate Bill S5569.
Since the majority of hate crimes are of the misdemeanor level, those individuals do not lose their 2A rights. Under New York law, only those individuals convicted of a “serious offense” will lose their 2A rights.
Sen. Squadron’s bill would add hate crimes to the list of “serious offenses” that prohibit an individual from keeping and bearing arms.
The example he gave The New York Daily News was spray painting a swastika on a synagogue wall. Under current law, that hate crime wouldn’t lead to the revocation of the offender’s 2A rights. If SB s5569 were to pass, it would.
In the bill memo, Squadron states:
“New York has a duty to take actions that reject acts of bigotry, hatred, misogyny, homophobia, racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, xenophobia, and discrimination in any form because they violate the nation’s core values.
“Allowing those who commit and are convicted of hate crimes to possess guns only gives them a fatal tool to spread their hate.”
He cited the Center for American Progress which claims that Minnesota, Oregon, and New Jersey, among three other states, have similar laws in place.
Alan Gottlieb, executive vice president of the Second Amendment foundation, was quick to point out the flaws and serious consequences of the bill.
“If a Hate Crime is serious or violent, laws already on the books would prohibit the offender from owning a firearm.
“Liberal anti-gun fanatics want to make everything they don’t agree with a hate crime. Some even want to make owning a firearm a hate crime.”
That’s right. No surprise coming from New York, but making owning a firearm a hate crime could become reality if we don’t keep fighting for our rights.
The bill currently sits in a state Senate committee. There is a companion bill also in the Assembly sponsored by Assemblyman Charles Lavine (D-North Shore Long Island).
If passed, the bill “shall take effect on the first of November next succeeding the date on which it shall have become law.”