Meanwhile, in New York where the state wants to make money off new fees for gun owners, the state subsidizes weapons manufacturers.

It has nothing to do with your safety or protection.  It has to do with getting re-elected.  Come up with crises to scare you, "solutions" that restrict your rights to "save" you, and make sure the corporate election contributions keep flowing.  Win-win for "progressive" politicians; lose-lose for everyone else.