Tag: New York City

Red Flag Laws: Emotion-Fueled Gun Legislation

Tom DiGennaro | United States

New York Democrats passed the states first gun control package since the SAFE Act of 2013 on January 26th, 2019. 30 day waiting periods, bump stock ban, prohibition of teachers carrying in schools, and red flag laws were passed through the state legislature.

New York’s state government is under one-party control. Democrat Andrew Cuomo is in the governor’s mansion and a Democrat majority controls both the state assembly and senate.  This democratic-run state government passed all six gun control bills bought to the floor. Most notably is the red-flag law and the dangers associated with the passage of such legislation.

Red Flag Laws

Red flag laws allow family members, school officials or law enforcement to go to a judge, who then can order confiscation of firearms or halt the purchase of. Due process will not be afforded to those subject to such legal interjections.

This type of government power is incredibly dangerous; it is unclear how far the government will go in infringing upon rights, but this gives them the immense potential to do so.

Emotion Clouds Judgement

This yet another example of the all-to-familiar trading of liberties for securities. Obviously, incidents, where there are fatalities as a result of gun violence, are tragic. However, far too often emotion clouds judgment. The mother of a victim of the Parkland shooting appeared alongside Governor Cuomo. “Parkland would’ve never happened if they had a red flag law”, she claims.

Emotion is fueling this fear and hatred of firearms that led to this legislation passing through the state legislature. More often than not, those who fear firearms and advocate for gun control know next to nothing about basic firearm safety. Most have never even held one. And a vast majority fails to understand both the implications of the power red flag laws give the government, as well as the ineffectiveness of such regulations to curbing gun violence. Ignorance breeds fear, and fear breeds hate.

This set of regulations is the first time New York has introduced and passed gun laws since the SAFE Act that followed the Sandy Hook shooting six years ago. With a Democrat-controlled state government, you can bet the next set of gun regulations and stripping of due process will be coming in the near future.


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NYC Handgun Laws Pending Supreme Court Review

Tom DiGennaro | United States

New York is rather low on the list of gun-friendly states, and New York City is even harsher on Second Amendment Rights. In fact, New York is one of the only states that allows counties and cities to have differing gun laws. Legally licensed handgun owners in the city are only allowed to transport their firearms directly to and from the shooting range. During this time, they must remain locked, unloaded, and away from your person, with the ammunition separate.

In addition, it is extremely difficult for handgun owners on Long Island to transport their guns upstate and out of state. The same, of course, is true for travel in the opposite direction. Traveling through NYC is the only accessible land route to and from Long Island, which has slightly more lenient gun laws. (Emphasis on slightly). New York State Law outlaws the transportation of any loaded firearms out of compliance with specific carry provisions. For example, these provisions may allow someone to take a gun to a range or one’s place of business. Carry licenses from other counties of New York do not allow carry in the five boroughs of New York City.

The Supreme Court and Handgun Laws

The New York State Pistol and Rifle Association, along with three NYC gun owners, has challenged the constitutionality of the city’s regulations under the Second Amendment. The Southern District of New York’s Federal Court of Appeals then struck down the petitioners motion. However, the United States Supreme Court granted a writ of certiorari and will hear the case in 2019.

Firearm legislation in New York City has done little to reduce violent crime. In 2019 so far, there has been an average of 13 shootings per week. Perpetrators overwhelmingly used illegal firearms for the attacks.

Currently, the SAFE Act also applies to the state of New York. This piece of legislation limits magazine capacity and forces modification of semi-automatic rifles to comply with state standards. It also creates permit requirements for all firearms in New York City and handguns statewide.

There are presently proposals for “red flag” laws, extended waiting periods, and requiring handgun applicants to surrender their social media passwords and search engine history. The Supreme Court review, however, will call into question the state of current gun laws. If they overturn some of the handgun laws, it will make it extremely difficult for the state to pass future legislation to restrict gun ownership.


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Minimum Wage Raises Are Causing Price Hikes – Just As Expected

By Mason Mohon | @mohonofficial

For us it’s very simple. There’s no big pot of money out there to get the money out of.

That was the statement of Mike Wiggins, owner of Granny Schaffer’s restaurant in Joplin, Missouri. He is being forced to raise the prices of food items up to 20 cents for one reason: the minimum wage increase.

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Amazon Selects New York City and Northern Virginia as New HQ2 Locations

By Max Bibeau | USA

After months of city bidding, Amazon has finally selected its HQ2 locations, as reported by the New York Times. The new headquarters will appear in New York City and Crystal City, bringing with it an estimated $5 billion in investment and 50,000 new jobs.

These selections come as a surprise to many, as previous analytics, such as Bank of America’s, found cities like Washington DC, Boston, and Atlanta to be much better contenders for the new HQ.

The decision comes after months of intense bidding from cities across the country, including tax cuts and subsidies. It’s no secret that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was extremely interested in attracting the HQ to New York, even jokingly offering to change his name to Amazon Cuomo “if that’s what it takes.”

While Cuomo will get to keep his birth name, the city is offering upwards of 1.5 billion in direct subsidies and tax cuts in exchange for Amazon’s HQ.

Crystal City’s incentives, however, are much less publicized, being drafted and proposed behind closed doors. While we can imagine the immense bargaining that must have taken place, it is not currently known what Virginia offered Amazon, outside of a booming location with a highly educated workforce. 

It’s unsure when exactly construction on the new HQs will begin, but after the selection of the cities, it is likely Amazon will waste no time in beginning the process. The new HQs should be a huge boon for both New York and Virginia, providing a huge economic stimulus to both regions.


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NYC Passes Legislation to Limit Services of Uber, Lyft

By Dane Larsen | @therealdanelars

This Wednesday, the City Council of New York voted in favor of putting a cap on private companies that provide ride shares throughout the city.

The demand for these services in the public eye has grown exponentially recently. Lyft, for example, formed in 2012. Its alternative in the market, Uber, first operated in 2009. These companies have since gained a lot of traction, with just around 100,000 ride-sharing vehicles in the City, not counting the 20,000 yellow cabs. Each ride share company gives 10,000 rides per day to settle the high demand of people in the city. The number is only likely to grow. So, citizens are concerned that the government is passing this limiting bill.

The legislation itself calls for the restriction of access to get a licence for legitimate service with the major companies involved. Though the city has had taxi-cabs for as long as it has been the epicenter of the world economy, the implementation of private companies into this sector of the economy has caused a never-before-seen boom in the market. The city will, effective immediately, halt the option to obtain these licences for 12 months while they “research the… industry”. The council is said to have voted it down because of reduced revenue for public taxis. Uber and Lyft are also reportedly a net loss for the state department.

In addition, the city will provide a higher minimum wage to the employees of ride share companies Lyft, Uber, Via, and Juno. This minimum wage for the service will be $17.22, come the implementation of this bill. If the drivers do not earn this, the company will have to make up the difference. This is a plan to drive out the private ride share services and bring income back to the state.

Economists forecast that the rides, as a result, will grow more costly and harder to obtain. Uber and Lyft have already made public statements saying that their services will go nowhere, just slow down. Despite the multi-million dollar ad campaigns by the biggest companies in the industry, lawmakers still went through with the passage of this law.

“The city’s 12-month pause on new vehicle licenses will threaten one of the few reliable transportation options while doing nothing to fix the subways or ease congestion,” -Spokesperson for Uber, NYC

Although multiple private companies have stepped into the picture to provide a better, more easily accessible, and affordable solution to a crisis in the city, the government has yet again intervened to slow down production to the economy. NYC is the first major city of the country to do so in this sector. Will other cities be soon to follow? How far will government go to cripple the action of ride sharing companies?


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