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Well there's controversy over a New York State tip line that allows people to report illegal gun owners to police in exchange for 500 bucks.
Critics say it turns neighbor against neighbor.
The tip line is operated by state police and it's actually been in place for about a year.
Long before governor Andrew Cuomo signed a tough new gun control law.
Tips are supposed to be turned over to local law enforcement that we understand some police agencies say they have never gotten a tip others say they didn't even know the hotline existed.
We hear the state plans to run public service announcements to get the word out.
Well this comes as the State's new gun control law is getting growing push back.
From Second Amendment supporters the National Rifle Association has joined a lawsuit brought by gun owners.
Businesses and the New York rifle and pistol association and they argue the key provisions of the law like go lower limit on magazine capacity.
Actually put law abiding citizens at a great disadvantage to criminals supporters say the law makes communities safer.
Lars Larson is syndicated radio host the toughest media network he joins me now -- Lars.
But hi -- -- -- you -- well a look at this is obviously a very sticky very heated.
Topic so there's a lawsuit now against what Andrew Cuomo signed into law the states arguably most street -- are the country's.
Most stringent gun control.
Almost signed this into -- even.
After New York -- was ranked fourth by the Brady campaign as having.
Already the strictest and most effective gun laws so it's just going further.
Let's see if there's one place it both sides can agree on.
Background checks should there be more rigid background chats between private sales.
On private sales outside of a gun store -- I don't think it's necessary and I think it's an intrusion if you wanted to sell a pistol that you -- to New York State if you live in New York State Allison.
To your brother should you have to drag your brother down to a gun store and insists that he go through a background check I don't think you should have to do that.
Should you have to do it if you were to pass on and leave your guns to the rest your family I don't think that's necessary and I don't think it addresses the problem.
Think of this like Madison.
If the doctor tells you to take a pill to cure disease and -- the doctor will this medicine cure the disease and -- doctor says no but it'll make the doctor feel better that's the effect of these laws they wanna pass all these additional background checks when in fact background -- do not appear to be doing much good.
And they do keep their big guns out of the hands of criminals who might try to -- -- and gun stores but there's been no showing that private sales have been the source of most of the guns used by criminals.
Most of the guns used by the criminals that have -- the top you know top headlines in the last few years.
Have either been stolen by the criminal.
Or were purchased by somebody who was at the time legally able to purchase them.
So having additional background checks is -- gonna do any good that you're talking about expanding the definition of mental health care -- if you go see a counselor.
Four for you know domestic issues is on the -- like that.
And the counselors -- -- I don't trust Alison so he calls the statement says don't let Alison by gun.
How far we get a broad -- we're gonna broaden it out to veterans who come back with mild PT -- from Iraq or Afghanistan.
That's where it gets truly scary.
I don't think the background checks are gonna do much good to solve.
The problem all the problem and -- criminals.
But -- Not the -- promised -- but the problem is also mentally unhinged people -- and look at what happened yet in new tab he didn't have a criminal background but -- but psychiatrists or at least mental health officials didn't know.
Lands before he went on the new town shooting spree so what -- do you think is the answer to prevent the devastation let loose on new town.
I think the answer is to effectively enforce the laws we've got on the books right now Nelson I'll give you a great example.
About a decade ago young lady named Rebecca Schaeffer was an actress in Hollywood was shot to death by a crazy fan.
How did the crazy fan get a gun.
He couldn't buy it on his own so he had his brother buy it for him that's what's called a strong man purchased and its thoroughly illegal under federal law it's the kind of law that the Obama administration violated when they sent -- -- guns about 2500 of them in the Mexico now.
Did the feds go after the brother of the man who shot Rebecca -- the answer is no they didn't even prosecute -- even though he had apparently a very clearly committed a strong man purchased a violation of federal law believe it's a federal felony and they didn't go after him if they went out actually enforce the law against people who already break the existing laws -- have a lot a lot more impact on criminal behavior.
But if you tell me that anybody -- seeing a psychiatrist now anybody who's taking xanax or prozac or some other pharmaceutical that deals -- mental issues yeah should be banned from buying a gun we're talking about and are an awful lot of Americans.
Now I'm Lars Larson it's obviously a very top on we'll see how that -- it.
Handles it we'll see how all these individual states tackle this as well thanks for your perspective.
Well the good news is the senate already -- drop the so called assault weapons ban thanks Alison thanks much --
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