Wednesday, May 21, 2014

New York Times Editorial on Gun Control

From the New York Times; an editorial on the gun control laws:
 "The concealed weapon law has not worked as well as was expected by those of us who commended it. This is a fact too obvious for denial. Criminals are as well armed as ever, in spite of the sterness with which the law has been applied to a few of them. There is the impression among honest men, mistaken but none the less real, that they were wrongly deprived of the means of defending themselves and their property."
That editorial appeared in the New York Times on May 24, 1913, two years after the Sullivan Laws had been passed.
But it could have been written yesterday, more than 100 years later!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

More Gun Control Laws - 20 years later - The Sullivan Lawst

Twenty years after the 1881 handgun law was passed, crime was still rampant in New York City. So the legislature passed a series of additional gun control laws, collectively known as The Sullivan Laws, named for their sponsor Timothy D. Sullivan of New York City.
These laws raised the unlawful carrying of an unlicensed concealed weapon to a felony, as well as requiring a police license to purchase a firearm. This new law was highly touted as the cure for the high crime rates and would get criminals off the streets of the cities of New York.
(Excerpted from An Overview of the Handgun Control System in New York State by Roger V. Fulton, Spring 1987).

Sunday, May 4, 2014

In the beginning - 1881

In 1881 the New York State Legislature, concerned about the rising violent crime rates involving the use of handguns, passed the following law: 412. A person who carries a concealed weapon about his person, any kind of fire-arms, being loaded or partly loaded, ... is guilty of a misdemeanor.  (New York Penal Code L. 1221 CH 676. Effective May 11, 1882).
Although this law and others like it were enacted by the Legislature, the crime problems continued in New York State. (An Overview of the Handgun Control System in New York State, by Roger V. Fulton, Spring, 1987).