A New York lawmaker is urging the state's Governor to take a second look at a looming mandatory background check law for ammunition transfers. 

State Sen. George Borrello (R) has penned Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) over concerns about how NY Executive Law 228 will be implemented. The measure, which among other things creates a duplicative office run by the NY State Police to function as a go-between, transferring mandatory background checks from registered firearm dealers to the federal NICS program on the dealer’s behalf, also extends to ammunition. 

High school trap and clays team coaches, registered with the state as an "Organizational Keeper of Ammunition" for the sake of compliance, received letters earlier this month from the State Police advising them to register with the new NYS NICS office and set up a method of payment for the background check fees – $9 for each firearm transfer and $2.50 for each transfer of ammunition. This is on top of the $.05 per round special excise tax to fund shadowy "gun violence" research plus the 8 percent sales tax on ammo sales that the state already clears. 

Such a move could have an enormous impact on the 2,500 student-athletes across 144 high school teams in the NYS High School Clay Target League. Members, mostly between the ages of 13 and 17, can't legally purchase ammo, participate on the teams with a signed permission slip from their parent or guardian, and must complete a firearm safety certification before participation. Throwing a fee-based background check mandate into the mix for teenagers participating in the shooting sports in a team environment, argues Borrello, is absurd. 

"Requiring a NICS check each time a coach gives a team member a box of ammunition is ridiculous and unworkable,” said Borrello. "These teams have a perfect safety record. Not one student has been injured during practice or competition since the league started in 2001. Not one. Think about that."

The senator argues that Executive Law 228 is designed specifically by Hochul and her allies to punish those seeking to use their right to keep and bear arms, holding that, "It’s another example of egregious government overreach designed to make it more difficult and expensive for law-abiding gun owners to exercise their Second Amendment rights."

He's not the only one. 

Five New York Republicans on Capitol Hill led by U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik are urging Hochul to delay the Sept. 13 implementation deadline of Executive Law 228 altogether, saying that it only serves to redirect resources away from combating the state's "skyrocketing crime crisis." 
 
Banner image: On the field at the Minnesota Trap Shooting Championship in Alexandria – which, for the record, is the world’s largest clay target shooting sport event, with over 6,500 student-athletes in 300 high school teams taking the field over the course of nine full days of competition. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

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