One Year After Newtown, NYC Residents Being Asked to Turn in Rifles & Shotguns

New York City gun owners are getting an unwelcome holiday surprise – letters telling them to turn in their shotguns and rifles, or face the consequences.

The New York City Police Department (NYPD) is sending out letters to targeted gun owners whom they believe own a now-illegal rifle or shotgun with the capability of holding more than five rounds. The letter reads:

“It appears you are in possession of a rifle and/or Shotgun (listed below) that has an ammunition feeding device capable of holding more than five (5) rounds of ammunition. Rifles and shotguns capable of holding more than five (5) rounds of ammunition are unlawful to possess in New York City, as per NYC Administrative Code 10-306 (b).”

The letter gives these city gun owners but three options:

One – Immediate surrender of the rifle or shotgun to your closest precinct.

Two – Permanent “removal” of the rifle or shotgun from New York City and proof of doing so given to the NYPD. Proof includes a notarized statement; also the address where the firearm will be stored or where it was sold must be given.

Three – You can call the NYPD to discuss the matter if you believe your firearm is in compliance.

These letters come in wake of the Sandy Hook shooting one year anniversary. Outgoing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a huge gun-control activist, has been using his anti-gun coalition to push for tougher gun laws not just in New York City or state, but across the entire United States. He recently sponsored a controversial ad that depicts a character much like Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza entering a school full of children.

Back in 2013, New York state passed the NY SAFE Act in response to the Sandy Hook shooting. This law does several things, such as banning “high-capacity magazines” and requires background checks for every gun purchase, including those done online or at gun shows. The law was signed by 2016 presidential hopeful and gun-control activist, Andrew Cuomo.