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Coronavirus closures causing ammo shortages

NYSRPA - 28 March 2020 - 8:15pm

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Ortt asks Cuomo to keep gun stores open

NYSRPA - 27 March 2020 - 5:03pm

Senator Robert Ortt sent the following letter to the Governor:

Covid Gun Letter by Nick Reisman on Scribd

No chance Cuomo will follow through on this.

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Possible “Big Ugly” coming soon

NYSRPA - 26 March 2020 - 3:26pm

A “Big Ugly” could be coming out of Albany soon:

Cuomo suggests legislative session could end after budget passage next week so he wants fiscal package to include array of other non-fiscal issues.

— Tom Precious (@TomPreciousALB) March 26, 2020

I assume this would include at least some new gun control legislation, like the “ghost guns” crap. It depends how far along they are with the bills, if they’re on their final revision or not. They cannot be part of the actual budget, but would be standalone bills the legislature agrees to take up.

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Newsbits

NYSRPA - 25 March 2020 - 2:05pm

Wednesday’s Newsbits:

Armed Citizen:

NRA:

Politics:

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Start by cutting funding to gun control advocates

NYSRPA - 24 March 2020 - 1:26pm

According to the Post:

Mayor Bill de Blasio warned Monday night that all city agencies will be seeing funding cuts on anything unrelated to battling the coronavirus pandemic as the city struggles with mounting bills and falling tax revenues. “Every agency will be asked to help,” de Blasio told reporters during a City Hall press conference. “We have to make these cuts in light of an ever-worsening budget situation” …”

de Blasio should start by cutting the $55,000 allocated to the New Yorkers Against Gun Violence Education Fund by the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice for FY 2020. This was almost double the $30,000 given in FY 2018 and FY 2019.

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Gun control lobbying update

NYSRPA - 23 March 2020 - 11:40am

A good way to tell what legislation is coming down the pike in Albany is to check which bills are actively being lobbied on.  Here is the report January and February.

New Yorkers Against Gun Violence:

No report.

Everytown for Gun Safety:

A-7847, Relates to the manufacture, assembly, possession, license and disposal of ghost guns.

S-2143A, Relates to the manufacture, assembly, possession, license and disposal of ghost guns.

Ostroff Associates, Inc., contract lobbyists for Everytown:

General issue, “ghost guns”

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Newsbits

NYSRPA - 21 March 2020 - 8:02am

Saturday’s Newsbits:

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Local gun store seeing surge in customers

NYSRPA - 20 March 2020 - 7:21am

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S-8028 introduced

NYSRPA - 18 March 2020 - 2:04pm

Just because we are in the middle of a new Black Death Plague does not mean elected officials don’t have time to draft new gun control legislation.

New bill S-8028, Relates to providing parents of school children with information on the safe storage of firearms, was introduced to Education Committee by Senator Liu.

From the Justification statement:

“… Children are specifically vulnerable to the dangers of unlocked firearms. One study showed that households that lock both their firearms and ammunition have a 75% lower risk of self-inflicted firearm injuries, as well as an 85% lower risk for unintentional firearm injuries among children. This legislation will keep families updated and informed of their firearm storage responsibilities by having their child’s school provide them with information about safe storage. As a primary point of contact for children and families, schools are well positioned to disseminate this information. Wide distribution of safe storage information will help keep our children safe.”

I guarantee whatever literature the Department of Education comes up with will be cut and pasted from gun control advocacy organizations.

There is no companion bill in the Assembly yet.

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Newsbits

NYSRPA - 18 March 2020 - 7:36am

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The legislature is scheduled to return to session today.

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Otsego Co. Sheriff unable to process license applications

NYSRPA - 16 March 2020 - 11:49am

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Senate Codes Committee agenda for March 16

NYSRPA - 15 March 2020 - 6:03pm

Senate Codes Committee agenda for Monday, March 16 @ 11:30am:

  • S-446, Establishes the “Safe Homes Act” authorizing law enforcement to remove firearms found on the premises where there has been a report of domestic violence.
  • S-7762, Enacts the “Scott J. Beigel Unfinished Receiver Act”, relates to unfinished frames or receivers; establishes the crimes of criminal sale of an unfinished frame or receiver in the first, second and third degrees as class C, D and E felonies, respectively.
  • S-7763, Enacts the “Jose Webster Untraceable Firearms Act”, criminalizes the sale of ghost guns and requires gunsmiths to register and serialize firearms, rifles, shotguns, and unfinished frames or receivers they assemble or manufacture.

UPDATE: Legislative sessions have been canceled today due to corona hysterics.

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Stand Your Ground companion introduced

NYSRPA - 12 March 2020 - 9:39pm

An Assembly companion has been introduced to the Stand Your Ground bill, A-10114.

As with the Senate version, it’s a Republican-only bill, meaning it’s going nowhere.

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First ad for Adam Schleifer for Congress

NYSRPA - 11 March 2020 - 7:34am

First candidate to run an ad in CD-17 for the Democrat primary.

“Gun violence” mentioned at 0:20.

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Courts Reject Effort To Allow Release Of “Ghost Gun” Files

NYSRPA - 10 March 2020 - 10:30am

Following up to Sunday’s video on the courts blocking release of 3D-printed gun files are press statements from the New York and Washington State Attorney Generals touting their win.

Courts Reject Trump Administration’s Effort To Allow Release Of 3D-Printed “Ghost Gun” Files:

… “Ghost Guns threaten the safety of every man, woman, and child in America,” said Attorney General James. “We filed this lawsuit to stop the Trump Administration from making it easier for our schools, our offices, and our places of worship from turning into killing fields, and, thanks to the court, the president has been rebuffed in his attempt to cater to the one constituency he cares about: the gun lobby. We must finally put an end to the senseless cycle of gun deaths that we’ve seen in Parkland, Las Vegas, Charleston, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Aurora, El Paso, Virginia Beach, Newtown, and so many other devastated communities.” …

Judge blocks new Trump Administration effort to allow release of 3D-printed ghost guns in AG Ferguson lawsuit:

“A federal judge has granted Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s request to block the Trump Administration’s latest effort to allow 3D-printed gun files to be released on the internet. These files would allow plug-and-play access to 3D-print unregistered, untraceable firearms that can also be very difficult to detect, even with a metal detector. Untraceable firearms are sometimes called “ghost guns.” … “These downloadable guns are unregistered and very difficult to detect, even with metal detectors,” Ferguson said. “If the Trump Administration has its way, these ghost guns will be available to anyone regardless of age, mental health or criminal history. For the second time, we have blocked that effort in court. We will keep fighting back against this unlawful, dangerous policy as many times as it takes.” …”

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Stand Your Ground legislation introduced

NYSRPA - 9 March 2020 - 1:29pm

“Stand Your Ground” legislation has been introduced to the Senate as S-7915.

From The Justification statement:

“The Second Amendment is designed for protective use by the people of the United States of America. Currently, New York statute states that the only place where the duty of retreating is removed is their own dwelling. This bill seeks to expand the places where lawful firearm owners can protect themselves and others.”

This isn’t exactly correct.  New York has a strong affirmative defense clause which basically protects individuals using force in self-defense anywhere.  Unlike other states where SYG was passed it hasn’t been an issue in New York because of this.

The bill was drafted by the newly formed New York State Firearms Association which is looking to establish itself in the state.

There’s nothing wrong with the bill itself.  The problems are institutional:

  • It’s a Republican-only bill, meaning it’s DOA.  Republicans won’t push for it and Democrats won’t go near it.
  • It’s an “upstate” bill, meaning it’s DOA without any buy in from “downstate” where the vast majority of residents live.
  • Antigun Republicans will sign on to it in an attempt to hide their true record on the issue.  Notice that John Flanagan is co-sponsor.

David DiPietro will be introducing an Assembly companion soon.

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New York plans to block 3D-printed gun blueprints on web

NYSRPA - 8 March 2020 - 12:23pm

You can’t stop the signal.

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Newsbits

NYSRPA - 7 March 2020 - 1:41pm

Saturday’s Newsbits:

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GOA wants to ‘red flag’ Schumer

NYSRPA - 7 March 2020 - 9:43am

Senator Schumer made threatening comments to two sitting SCOTUS Justices so Gun Owners of America wants him to be investigated under the state’s “Red Flag” law:

GOA Letter to NY Gov and AG… by AmmoLand Shooting Sports News on Scribd

While amusing, even if Cuomo went through with this it would have no effect as Schumer doesn’t own any guns.

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Punishing Ortiz

NYSRPA - 5 March 2020 - 1:54pm

Following-up to Assemblyman Ortiz’s recent gun control advocacy comes this:

“The left-leaning Working Families Party will endorse progressive candidate Marcela Mitaynes in the upcoming race for Sunset Park’s assembly seat — hoping to oust Félix Ortiz, who had held the post for that past 25 years, the political organization exclusively told Brooklyn Paper …”

As with most other urban races the only way to have an impact, and punish Ortiz for pushing gun control, is to be involved in the Democrat primary.  Registered Dems out number Republicans ~9 to 1 in the district so whomever wins the primary will almost certainly win the general in November.  Running a Vote against Ortiz campaign, either by not showing up to support him, voting for Mitaynes or writing in another name, will at the very least cost him a lot of money trying to fend off his challenger.  Keeping his seat is all he cares about.  If promoting gun control forces him to put more time and effort into doing that, Ortiz may rethink whether or not is is worth it pushing the issue.

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