The New York City Police Department (NYPD) is sending letters to certain gun owners warning them to modify, move out of the state, or surrender any shotguns and rifles that have the capacity to hold more than five rounds.
According to Fox News, the NYPD sent the letter to approximately 500 NYC gun owners. The first option presented in the letter is to “Immediately surrender [the] Rifle and/or Shotgun to your local police precinct.”
The letter says the surrendered “firearm may be sold or permanently removed from the City of New York.”
An NYPD spokesman told Fox News that police have been enforcing this law in this manner since 2010; it is just now drawing broader attention because the letters sent out on November 18th were mailed to a greater number of people than in the past.
New York State Assemblyman James Tedisco said he has known about the law for years, but this is the “first time he has heard complaints about the notices being sent out to gun owners.”
According to Tedisco, “These letters appear to be another example of the Nanny State. Hypothetically, it can start with a letter, and then that can lead to someone knocking on your door saying, ‘I want to see your gun.'”
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