The Left Never Stops: A8684 by Tom Reynolds
SCOPE has written that the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) case NYSRPA v Bruen looks very favorable for the 2nd Amendment but one key is how broad or narrow the decision will be.
On November 5th, SCOPE wrote: “…a narrow ruling might allow wide government discretion in designating places as “sensitive places” or “gun free zones”. Remember what happened with wide government discretion over designating “essential” businesses that stayed open during the China Virus lockdowns.” ( NYSRPA v Bruen: https://scopeny2a.org/Briefings/12103217 )
The Left was listening and here is one of their first attempts – but certainly not their last attempt - before SCOTUS even hands down a decision, to designate “sensitive spaces” as gun free zones.
Assemblywoman Jo Simon (of Brooklyn) introduced proposed bill A-8684 on January 10th. It would make it illegal, and a Class E Felony to possess a rifle, shotgun or firearm in the following locations:
- Any form of public transportation, including but not limited to railroads, ride sharing services, paratransit services, subways, buses, air travel, taxis or any other public transportation service; or
- Food and drink establishments; or
- Large gatherings, which for the purposes of this section shall mean a gathering together of fifteen or more persons for amusement, athletic, civic, dining, educational, entertainment, patriotic, political, recreational, religious, social, or similar purposes.
How is the prohibition on large gatherings going to be enforced? Will the local sheriff / police chief or state troopers want to enforce it when, presumably, some members of those public “large gatherings” are carrying (concealed) in order to provide security for their fellow members, not because they’re part of the criminal element?
Will you need to register and get a permit for family gatherings over 15 so that “big brother” can monitor them? (Remember, gun registration is a key agenda item for the left, so why not “large gathering” registration as a way to criminalize gun ownership?
Notice the recent terrorist attack on a Jewish Temple? Sorry, no protection for religious meetings.
Will SCOPE chapter’s and member’s meetings have to be disarmed.
How about the Rod & Gun Club?
Meantime, much of the left has paid security. Will politician’s security be disarmed in the state capitol chambers, which is a large gathering of over 15 people for political purposes? How about county legislature meetings? The “brilliant attorney” Jo Simon didn’t carve out an exception for those or for law enforcement. Oops.