Man Arrested, Guns Seized for Carrying More than 7 Rounds

The Buffalo News is reporting that law enforcement agents seized all of the registered handguns from the home of a man who had been arrested earlier this month.  His "crime"?  Carrying ten rounds of 9mm ammunition in his legally registered handgun instead of seven rounds.

Paul Wojdan of Lockport, NY became the latest victim of New York State's anti-gun fascism when a car driven by his wife was pulled over for speeding.  Cops searched the car and discovered that Wojdan had ten rounds of ammunition in his handgun.  Under Andrew Cuomo's ultra-draconian "NY SAFE" Act passed in January, it is a crime to load more than seven rounds of ammunition into any firearm unless at an approved shooting range, where ten rounds are permitted.  (Thus, under New York State law, one is permitted to shoot ten rounds at a paper target, but if a gang of rapists or murderers invades your home, you will be charged if you shoot more than seven rounds at them.  Of course, Cuomo's State Police security detail may carry as many rounds as they wish.) 

Unlike most other states, in New York a handgun permit is not merely a permit to carry, but a permit to possess a handgun -- even in one's own home.  Permits in New York are extremely difficult to obtain; they must be approved by a judge, and an applicant often must spend hundreds of dollars and wait a year or more for approval.  Permits may be revoked at any time for any reason.  Subsequent to Wojdan's arrest, his permit was revoked, and armed sheriff's deputies came to his home to seize all of his registered handguns.

Moral of the story: any firearm registration or permitting scheme will result in confiscation and seizure of firearms by law enforcement for arbitrary and picayune reasons entirely unconnected to public safety.

The Wojdan story is yet another sorry anecdote in the now-daily barrage of stories in which the constitutional rights of Americans are violated by imperious government officials who treat the Bill of Rights with utter contempt.

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