Mayor Stops Ghost Gun Sales; NY Addresses New Gun Laws
By Yehudit Garmaise
Two online ghost gun companies no longer illegally sell and deliver gun parts that consumers assembled at home after New York City filed a lawsuit against five ghost gun retailers in June, Mayor Eric Adams announced today.
While the city’s lawsuit against three other ghost gun retailers continues, two of the defendants: Rainer Arms, LLC, based in North Auburn, Wash., and Rock Slide USA, based in Broadway, NC, have stopped illegally selling and delivering gun components that are used to assemble illegal and untraceable firearms to NYC residents, the mayor explained.
“We are not going to let gun companies turn New York City into a city of mail-order murder,” said Mayor Adams. “We will not stand by while illegal operators flout the law, endanger our communities, and kill our young people.”
The other ghost gun companies that NYC is taking on are Arm or Ally, Salvo Technologies, and Indie Guns.
“Ghost guns help criminals to cause enormous harm in our communities,” said NYC Corporate Counsel Sylvia Hinds-Radix, explained that all five defendants advertised, sold, and shipped unfinished frames, receivers, and ghost gun kits to a NYC Sheriff’s Office investigator, in violation of New York state and New York City laws.
While NYC tries to stop illegal guns sales, the state is taking other safety measures to prevent mass shootings and other horrific crimes that are used with legally bought firearms.
After the US Supreme Court’s June 23 decision overturned a century-old law that previously required New Yorkers to establish “proper causes” before receiving licenses to carry concealed weapons, Gov. Kathy Hochul has spoken about the need for law enforcement officials to check the social media accounts of applicants for gun licenses for any hateful, threatening, or suspicious posts.
In addition, the state has released new training requirements for New Yorkers who wish to carry guns legally.
As of Sept. 1, when the state will no longer require that applicants prove they are at risk of imminent harm to themselves or their property before they receive concealed carry licenses, the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services and New York State Police said that all applicants must first receive at least 16 hours of live, in-person training from licensed instructors.
In addition, acceptable gun-training courses must also include two hours of live-fire training, news10 reported.
At the end of the training courses, applicants must score 80% or better on written exams and pass shooting drills.
Because so many accidental murders occur in homes with guns, New Yorkers also will be taught how to store concealed guns, and how to interact safely with other people and police when carrying guns.
Applicants must also memorize a list of “sensitive” public places, where guns are not allowed, such as government buildings, medical facilities, places of worship, libraries, playgrounds, parks, zoos, schools, colleges, summer camps, addiction-support centers, homeless shelters, nursing homes, and public transit.