Zebrowski To Propose Amendment To New Gun Law

He wants to eliminate the possibility of a fee


Earlier this week, the New York State Assembly passed NY SAFE Act to strengthen the ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and on Friday Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski announced he’s going to propose an amendment to the law.

Zebrowski’s amendment will prohibit any surcharge or fee from being imposed for the new five-year pistol permit renewal and assault rifle registry. Under the law, pistol owners will have to renew their license every five years, and it will also create a registry for newly classified assault riffles. While the law didn’t call for a fee, there is no language prohibiting fees in the future either.

“I think it is important that we explicitly clarify the law so that no fees can ever be imposed for these programs in the future,” Zebrowski said. “I am happy the current administration has no plans to collect a fee, however, I think it is important that we assure gun owners that these programs are purely about public safety and can never be used as a tax.”

He added the possibility of a fee could hurt the program. 

“We want law abiding gun owners to cooperate with this new process and an arbitrary fee or surcharge threatens the success of the program by creating a disincentive,” Zebrowski said. “By clarifying the new law gun owners can be confident there will be no new costs with license renewal.”

Mary Tsotsoros January 19, 2013 at 11:59 AM
The pistol permit renewal program and gun registry should be self-sustaining. General tax revenues should not be diverted to run this program. People who are hell-bent on owning weapons should pay a licensing fee.If you are that concerned that low income gun owners will not come forward, put a fee waiver process in place.
Tony T January 19, 2013 at 12:00 PM
Permit renewal is great idea.....just the fact that permits (and the were about of the weapons) will now be up dated on a regular basis is very important to gun control and keeping weapons out of the hands of criminals. The assumption is that permitted weapon holders are law abiding citizens and up-standing members of the community however the disposition of the weapons listed (if any) is just as important as who owns them. Last week the Journal News had an article on 3 hand guns stolen in New City....it also stated that the owners "Rockland and Orange County Pistol Permits were stolen". I thought that permits were only issued in the county of residence? Will renewal be required for all permit holder both existing and new? With the current system of "active" and "inactive" permits I expect that any renewal process for existing permit holders will show many of the "inactive" permits are for people who have passed away, moved to another state or county etc. Will there be any attempt to track the holder down or weapons listed on the permit by the serial #'s? The renewal process could open up a real can of worms I hope the Legislature has taken all the possibilities into consideration and are ready for what they may discover during this process?
peter cardiello January 19, 2013 at 09:47 PM
why not put a fee on gun permits. rockland county taxes us on our heat, our taxes our food our cloths and so on, so why not guns. to start up a business there are many fees to pay. i hope politicians put a fee on guns also.
obamasux January 19, 2013 at 11:43 PM
he should propose doing away with this stupid law as it only affects non criminals
Bernie January 20, 2013 at 03:31 AM
ENOUGH, Fee this, Tax that. It is getting out of hand. We need the money to pay for criminal to sue the people they rob, criminal to have the best medical treatment, pay fot TV in jail. I am for a fee, but find the illegal guns and charge them. YES, your right this law is only for non criminals.
Sol Lachman January 20, 2013 at 02:47 PM
The use of the term "hell-bent" suggests you have your own agenda in addition to saving the government money.
Sol Lachman January 20, 2013 at 06:51 PM
The ridiculous part of this whole silly grandstand play on the part of legislators is revealed by the fact that President Obama who supposedly cares about gun control has never succeeded in appointing a Director to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, nor could he get a nominee confirmed by the Democrat-majority Senate. Finally, even though it is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison to lie on a Federal gun permit application, there were only 42 cases prosecuted last year! Talk about not enforcing existing law---this is outrageous! Even more outrageous is that VP Biden was quoted as saying that "the government doesn't have time to prosecute all the violators." But they DO have time to pass new laws that do nothing and in any case will also not be enforced.
Kathy January 20, 2013 at 11:24 PM
Why would anyone read the Journal News?
Helene Feigelman January 21, 2013 at 03:32 PM
There should be a fee for people who own guns. We have fees for car ownership, and animal ownership, so on and so forth. Why should gun owners not have a fee imposed upon them? They are not an elite group.
sam peterson January 23, 2013 at 04:42 PM
because lady gun ownership is a guaranteed right and not a privledge and should not be feed or taxed ...or restricted the new law is in violation of nys civil rights law the constitution of the us or even common sense ....other than trying to beat the obamanator to the punch andy blew it big time


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