Democrats have come up with a creative way of selectively confiscating guns from certain residents, and several Second Amendment watchdogs say the strategy could soon be coming to a state near you.
A state legislator from Manhattan has introduced a bill that would nullify gun rights from those convicted of hate crimes, even those involving nonviolent, misdemeanor offenses.
If successful, New York would become the seventh state to implement such a law.
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, as Guns America News and Reviews reminds New Yorkers, the FBI makes it clear that “hate itself is not a crime” and that the agency is “mindful of protecting freedom of speech and other civil liberties.”
Since the vast majority of hate crimes fall into the misdemeanor category, those offenders do not lose their Second Amendment rights.
Enter Sen. Daniel Squadron, a Democrat from Manhattan. He wants to expand the state’s hate-crime law to include gun confiscation from those convicted of even nonviolent misdemeanors.
Squadron said he was motivated to introduce Senate Bill S5569 because hate crimes are “one the rise” in New York since the election of President Trump.
Squadron’s bill would add misdemeanor hate crimes to the list of “serious offenses” that prohibit an individual from owning a firearm.
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 Second Amendment rights. If SB S5569 were to pass, it would.
“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,” said Squadron in the bill memo.
Alan Gottleib, executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation, said Americans need to be aware of this latest attack on gun rights.
“If it were up to the gun grabbers, just owning a gun would be a hate crime. The intolerance and rhetoric of the gun control crowd is what should be a hate crime,” Gottlieb told WND.
Pamela Geller, editor of the Geller Report and president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, called the legislation “scary” because hate crimes by their very nature are selectively enforced.