Assemblyman Hawley Condemns New York State’s Plan to Impose Background Checks for Ammo Purchases

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C-Batavia) has strongly criticized the recent decision by the New York State government to implement mandatory background checks for all ammunition purchases in the state. The move, which shifts the responsibility of conducting background checks from customers to the New York State Police, has drawn significant backlash.

Under the current system, customers are entitled to free background checks for firearm purchases. However, the new initiative will require customers to pay an additional fee for background checks, amounting to $9 for firearms and $2.50 for ammunition. This fee is intended to cover the costs associated with the background check process.

Hawley expressed his disappointment at what he views as a violation of Second Amendment rights and an undue burden on law-abiding gun owners. He argued that this move unfairly places the financial responsibility on responsible citizens, while criminals are unlikely to subject themselves to the background check process or the associated fees.

In his statement, Hawley criticized the potential deterrent effect of the new policy, suggesting that it might dissuade law-abiding citizens from exercising their constitutional rights to bear arms. He emphasized the importance of safeguarding the rights of New Yorkers and voiced concern over the incremental erosion of these rights by government decisions.

Hawley concluded his remarks by pledging his commitment to protecting Second Amendment rights. He asserted that as an assemblyman, he will strive to ensure that citizens’ constitutional rights remain intact and inviolable. He stressed that New Yorkers should not have to live with the fear of their rights being chipped away by political decisions made in Albany.

As the debate over gun control and Second Amendment rights continues, Assemblyman Hawley’s strong stance reflects the passionate opinions on both sides of the issue. The implementation of background checks for ammunition purchases raises questions about the balance between public safety concerns and individual rights, leaving room for ongoing discussions and potential legal challenges.

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