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Albany NY Law Requiring Gun Owners To Lock Up Their Guns Is In Effect


ALBANY, NEW YORK — Within city limits, it is now a crime for any gun owner to have a firearm — not in their immediate possession and control — to be securely locked up. The law was passed last September and went into effect Jan 1st.

If you’re a first offender, you could face a fine of $250 or up to 15 days in jail so long as no one is injured or killed. If it’s your second offense, or your first offense that causes injury or death, you could see a punishment of a $1,000 fine and one year in jail.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan told the Times Union it’s a common sense approach to some of the gun problems in the city.

“This is about responsible gun ownership,” Sheehan said. “This is important legislation to, number one, educate people about the importance of gun safety and then say, ‘We’re going to put some teeth in this because it is that important to our community.'”

Is the next step a state-wide law mandating the locking up of firearms? As a gun owner, what are your thoughts on this law?

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Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady…

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  • sidneyc

    These fanatics realize they can’t outright ban guns, but they will harass you every inch of the way. How do they figure on enforcing it?

    • Spark

      They don’t really care about enforcing it. Remember, gun control laws like this are not implemented to save lives or anything. It is just another baby step towards confiscation and making ownership of guns outright illegal. No gun control law has ever saved a single life. No gun control law will ever save a single life. Lawmakers know this.

  • Stan Robertson

    SMH. Try this in Oklahoma!

  • Pod

    Short of kicking down the doors of every registered gun owner in the city and doing spot checks, how do they plan to enforce this? I imagine they’ll probably tuck an amendment to the law which says if you live within the city limits of Albany and have guns, you consent to spot checks.

  • Monkeywrench542 .

    cops better be keeping their firearms locked up as well when not on the job. just because you have a badge, it does not give you extra rights.

    • Kyle Guthrie

      wanna bet?

  • RC Kola

    watch out cuz house to house enforcement is next

  • Louis Marschalko

    Phuck them!
    What I do in the privacy of my own business, or so I’ve heard the liberals say.

  • Reaper2325

    Unenforceable law. You can’t go into someone’s home to ensure that a firearm is properly locked up without probable cause. That is unless you want to trample the 4th & 5th Amendment of the Constitution to restrict peoples 2nd Amendment Rights.

    As a firearm owner, it’s up to ME to decide how I safely store my firearm. It’s up to ME on if I want to store it with an empty Mag or loaded one. It’s up to ME to follow the The Ten Commandments of Firearms Safety.

    Telling people how to do things in their own home without a negligent act committed is government overreach.

    • nivekusa

      I agree with you 100% – not that I think it’s right but there are counties in NY that have similar laws, where when you apply for a pistol permit in that county the police will come to your home to verify you have a proper safe and all firearms are stored in it.

  • eddie

    I believe a little better proof reading is in order. I dont think you intended the first sentence to read as it does.

  • Spark

    Didn’t a high court somewhere in the nation already strike down a law like this? Regardless, this is an unconstitutional law that would never hold up in the courts if appealed. The government can’t tell people where and how they have to store and use items in their own home that they legally own.

    Even if valid it is not enforceable. Basically the only people who would get hit by this are those who are being raided/searched for other true crimes.

  • Nate

    Reading about New Yorks ridiculously unconstitutional and unenforceable gun laws like this make me glad to be a Virginia resident…

  • Drake_Burrwood

    since the majority of gun accidents take place in households containing a person known to the police due to habitual criminal violence.. you expect this to work why.

    • Kevin Snyder

      It doesn’t sound like you’re describing accidents at all.
      EDIT: Oh. That’s what you were saying. I get it.

      • Drake_Burrwood

        Yes, that is seriously a part of the problem. One some accidents may need to be proven to not be and can’t. Some are an accident only in that the neglegent person didn’t mean for it to happen. But the biggest problem is that when you look at who these accidents happen to the households simply are from the same pool of households as the majority of murders come from. And that is based on the Presence of one or more habitualy violent criminals; their presence creates everything from real accidents, habitual neglagence to murders.

  • Reptiles Rule The World

    Ca. had the same law except it only works if a minor is injured or killed.
    I don’t lock my firearms up as they are useless that way.
    I taught my family to respect them and taught them how to handle them.
    Screw liberal politicians.

  • timdnml .

    Won’t affect a single criminal.

  • Gaines Bruce

    While I was a couple hundred miles from Albany, I lived for eight years in upstate NY. It was hell. All NY politicians think about is what right they can take away next and how they can take the last dollar from you pocket. I was so glad to get out of this hell hole.

  • Scott

    They are afraid the unattended gun will shoot some one, so you better lock it……..P.S. I just got off the floor from laughing so hard I had tears in my eyes……

  • Steve Merrette

    My father who lives in NY gave me a couple of his guns as he is moving into a retirement home. I live in Florida and when he asked me if I had added them to my registration I just laughed and told him that I live in a “free” state and that we don’t register what is Constitutionally protected…

  • Del Bancroft

    I keep my doors locked….. So there are locked up

  • Bob in Florida

    “. . . not in their immediate possession and control . . . ”
    What does this mean? . . to you?, . . . to them?, . . . to the judge you appear before after they arrest you?

    This type of vague requirement, in laws that subject citizens to severe penalties, are a recipe for arbitrary and capricious (not to mention progressive ratcheting) enforcement. An ambitious prosecutor trying to ‘make his bones’ as a tough law & order prosecutor, can interpret this in such a way that he can arrest, fine, and jail, anyone with a loaded gun in their house (as it would normally be for self/home protection), not being carried on their person (“immediate possession and control”??). Just because your interpretation of that requirement differs doesn’t won’t save you from an unpleasant, costly experience in the criminal justice system.

    You folks in New York need to squelch this – it will only get worse!
    Plus, it just adds to the fabric of varying and conflicting gun laws from city to city, jurisdiction to jurisdiction, throughout your state.

    You need a preemption clause in the appropriate state law. Preferably one with ‘teeth’ – they knowingly violate it, they (personally) pay a penalty.

  • Nicholas tesla

    Oh! Mr. Home invader please aloud me to unlock my gun so I can protect myself. This is the most Idiotic law ever!..

    • Steve Eng

      IN DC, it’s slightly more difficult: “Mr Home invader, please allow me reassemble my firearm… I’m almost there, I just have to unlock the separate container in the other room that’s holding my ammunition, Once I’ve done that, it should just take me a second to load my magazine, charge up my gun and then be ready to shoot you. Thank you so much for your patience.” Thank goodness that I actually live across the Potomac River in the Virginia.

  • Jacob Smoak

    This law is beyond government overeach and is nearly impossible to enforce, the only time where a law of this nature resembles any common sense is if there are small uneducated children as it pertains to fireman safety in the house. I live alone, unmarried and without children. I have a loaded firearm with a live round in all my chambers spread throughout my home. Not once have any of my firearms discharged without my direct contact with my said firearms. This law is in complete violation of my rIghts, and I would not recognize it as a law if it were required by law where I live. Example… A man breaks into your house and makes a break for your bedroom at night with a weapon in hand. It is highly unlikely you will.have a sufficient amount of time to remove the lock from your fire arm, load it and protect yourself especially in high stress situation