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Kaminsky endorses Bloomberg

NYSRPA - 18 January 2020 - 8:06am

Newsday reports:

State Sen. Todd Kaminsky, a Long Beach Democrat, has endorsed Mike Bloomberg for president, citing the former New York City mayor’s work to combat climate change, pass gun control and help rebuild lower Manhattan in the aftermath of 9/11 …”

Blah, blah, blah …

“… Asked about Bloomberg’s longtime financial support of State Senate Republicans to help keep them in power during his mayoralty, Kaminsky said: “I don’t really know the facts of what happened in the past,” but said there was corruption in both parties and said that Bloomberg probably felt he was doing what’s best for his constituents …”

Nobody believes this.

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Legislative Update

NYSRPA - 18 January 2020 - 7:56am

Legislative update:

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Can’t Buy Me Love

NYSRPA - 16 January 2020 - 11:46am

Politico reports:

Mike Bloomberg’s presidential campaign has brought on more than 700 staffers spread out across 33 states, with a growing number of organizers joining his ranks in states that vote on Super Tuesday, aides told POLITICO. All told, the former New York mayor’s operation totals more than 1,000 people, a figure that includes hundreds of staffers who work out of his Manhattan headquarters. The unprecedented scale and scope of the campaign — he has also spent over $200 million on TV ads — gives Bloomberg a massive footprint in states that hold their primaries on March 3 or later …”

That’s a lot of money. He must be surging in the polls, right?

His Real Clear Polling average for January 3rd through 14th is 6.6%. Compare this to Joe Biden at 27.2%, Bernie Sanders at 19.2% and Elizabeth Warren at 16.0%.

His record as Mayor does not appear to be helping him with Democrats.  I have seen his ads running in the NYC media market.  Why?  After 12 years in office everyone knows who he is.  They obviously don’t think he the man for the job.

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Senate floor calendar

NYSRPA - 15 January 2020 - 11:50am

The following gun bills are on the Senate floor calendar:

  • S-35, makes state law consistent with NYC law regarding “imitation weapons” and toy guns.
  • S-2415, expands the definition of an “imitation weapon” to include an attachment to an electronic device.

And so it begins.

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Newsbits

NYSRPA - 15 January 2020 - 7:24am

Wednesday’s Newsbits:

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Gun design could derail charges

NYSRPA - 13 January 2020 - 5:31pm

There is an interesting article in the Times, “Design of AR-15 Could Derail Charges Tied to Popular Rifle“, which could impact Gov. Cuomo’s “ghost guns” crap:

“A subtle design feature of the AR-15 rifle has raised a technical legal question that is derailing cases against people who are charged with illegally buying and selling the gun’s parts or building the weapon. At issue is whether a key piece of one of America’s most popular firearms meets the definition of a gun that prosecutors have long relied on. For decades, the federal government has treated a mechanism called the lower receiver as the essential piece of the semiautomatic rifle … But some defense attorneys have recently argued that the part alone does not meet the definition in the law. Federal law enforcement officials … are increasingly worried that it could hinder some criminal prosecutions and undermine firearms regulations nationwide … Cases involving lower receivers represent a small fraction of the thousands of federal gun charges filed each year. But the loophole has allowed some people accused of illegally selling or possessing the parts, including convicted felons, to escape prosecution. The issue also complicates efforts to address so-called ghost guns, which are largely untraceable because they are assembled from parts …”

I can see how the NYC prohibition law passed last fall could be subject to legal challenge based upon this article.  Not just black rifles, but Glock clones as well.

Nevertheless I’m not so naive as to think the Governor really cares about things like this.  He just wants to get his name and face before the camera signing some more gun control legislation.  If it gets knocked out by the courts sometime down the road, so what?

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Getting a woody

NYSRPA - 13 January 2020 - 4:16pm

Point:

I'm proposing banning "ghost guns."

Right now almost anyone can assemble a gun by ordering parts online. This common sense measure would ban these untraceable guns & require anyone who wants to build their own firearm to come out of the shadows.#SOTS2020 #MakingProgressHappen

— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) January 2, 2020

Counterpoint:

Latest progress on my wooden #3dprinted Glock. Slide and barrel from https://t.co/ajDUFcMH9r. Lower parts kit going in soon pic.twitter.com/rW1wv1b7rY

— Nops (@0x0090) January 13, 2020

How long before the Governor proposes banning trees?

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New “domestic violence” bill S-7125

NYSRPA - 10 January 2020 - 2:32pm

A new gun control bill was introduced Wednesday by Senator Biaggi:

“This week New York State Senator Alessandra Biaggi introduced … legislation that serve to protect survivors of domestic abuse against the threat of gun violence, and hold repeat offenders accountable for domestic violence.  S-7125 creates a new crime of “Domestic Violence” in the Penal Code that aligns with federal criteria for inclusion in the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Checks System (NICS). This will ensure that the names of convicted domestic violence abusers are properly entered into the NICS and those individuals are prevented from accessing deadly firearms …”

No Assembly companion yet.

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Newsbits

NYSRPA - 10 January 2020 - 7:41am

Friday’s Newsbits:

Elections:

Legislation:

Politics:

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Gun rights supporters criticize Gov. Cuomo’s 2020 agenda

NYSRPA - 10 January 2020 - 7:38am

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Onondaga Co. DA backs tougher laws to keep ‘ghost guns’ out of our communities

NYSRPA - 9 January 2020 - 8:06pm

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2020 State of the State

NYSRPA - 9 January 2020 - 4:32pm

Governor Cuomo’s 2020 State of the State address is now online and it’s loaded with antigun stuff. As always we’ll have to wait for the bills to see what exactly he’s going for.

And at 6:30pm today Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul will attend the Everytown for Gun Safety reception, 151 E. 50th St., Manhattan. I expect she will thank them for coming up with Cuomo’s latest gun control proposals.

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Onondaga Co. D.A. Supports Cuomo’s “Ghost Gun” Law

NYSRPA - 7 January 2020 - 7:33pm

Longtime Republican D.A. William Fitzpatrick supports Cuomo’s phony “ghost guns” prohibition.

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Link: Onondaga County DA Supports Cuomo’s “Ghost Gun” Law.

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Newsbits

NYSRPA - 6 January 2020 - 11:30am

Monday’s Newsbits:

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Cuomo’s “ghost guns” proposal

NYSRPA - 2 January 2020 - 12:00pm

The writing on the wall for this has been apparent for almost a year so this comes as no surprise:

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Thursday said he will propose banning the sale of untraceable “ghost gun” components in New York to individuals who can’t legally possess a firearm. The governor’s proposal, the 18th that he has announced in advance of next week’s State of the State address, would also limit the sale of major gun components, including receivers, to licensed gun dealers … Cuomo is calling for legislation that would require those purchasing firearm parts to have the same eligibility requirements as they would need for a completed firearm and that all major parts receive a serial number. He is also proposing to ban individuals from obtaining major components of a firearm, rifle or shotgun online, but they could be shipped to a licensed gun dealer where they would be picked up in person. The proposal would also prohibit individuals who are prohibited from possessing a firearm, rifle or shotgun from owning a major gun component, creating misdemeanor and felony offenses for those who violate that measure …”

Of course it will be bad, but we’ll have to wait for the bill to be introduced to see what exactly he wants as there are multiple proposals floating around.

“… State Sen. Brad Hoylman, D-Manhattan, has already sponsored a bill that would make it a felony for anyone other than a licensed gunsmith to assemble a firearm …”

Hoylman has two bills S-2143A, which was just amended today, and S-6230. The version that passed last year (with NRA-endorsed Republican support) and was signed by the Governor was A-763/S-1414A.  The bill that Everytown lobbyists were promoting last fall was S-6716.

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Newsbits

NYSRPA - 1 January 2020 - 2:17pm

Wednesday’s Newsbits:

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Gun control laws going into effect in January

NYSRPA - 31 December 2019 - 6:01pm

The Lockport Journal reports:

“… New York will soon criminalize weapons that are undetectable by an X-ray machine or metal detector. The law taking effect Jan. 27 prohibits the manufacture, sale, transport and possession of undetectable firearms, rifles and shotguns as well as their major components. Another new law will set statewide standards for gun buyback programs across New York. Many municipalities and groups already host programs aimed at allowing people to get rid of unwanted or illegal guns. But supporters of the new law say the programs do not occur everywhere and lack consistent standards …”

Bills in question are A-763/S-1414 and A-2685/S-2449.

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Put a GPS tracker in firearms

NYSRPA - 31 December 2019 - 8:27am

Assemblyman Felix Ortiz introduced A-8931 to Consumer Affairs.

From the bill text:

“Any person who holds a valid gunsmith license pursuant to Section 400.00 of the Penal Law, and who manufacturers any firearm, shall ensure that each manufactured firearm shall include global positioning technology to allow such firearm to be tracked if stolen.”

I’ve read a lot of stupid shit in bills over the years but this is near the top of the list.

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Compare and Contrast

NYSRPA - 30 December 2019 - 1:55pm

In a Texas a man armed with a rifle entered a church with intent to kill and was taken down by an armed citizen.

In New York a man armed with a machete entered a rabbi’s home, encountered no resistance, and stabbed five people.

What was the reaction by our politicians?

Governor Cuomo sent out a press statement condemning the recent series of antisemitic attacks in New York which isn’t worth the paper it was printed on.

Several state representatives called for the National Guard to patrol Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods in the City.

As far as I can tell not a single one has come out in support of repealing our oppressive gun control laws. One, however, did try to use the Texas incident as an excuse for more gun control:

Gun violence has devastated communities & often targets the places we hold most sacred. Nobody should have to worship, or simply exist, in fear. Republicans need to work with us to #EndGunViolence & start caring about people more than the NRA. #EnoughIsEnough https://t.co/CAoJtaxv3q

— Carolyn B. Maloney (@RepMaloney) December 29, 2019

Republicans didn’t have the brains or the balls to stand up for 2A:

Do you see @NickLangworthy or any of the @NewYorkGOP "leadership" advocating for #2A?

No.

It's not an oversight on their part.

— Gun Politics in NY (@gunpoliticsny) December 29, 2019

Neither did NRA:

@NRA you give nationwide distribution to the latest stupid shit from Marion Hammer and are dead silent here. You have a perfect opportunity to promote #2A RTC and you say nothing. Is it really asking too much to bang out a 2-3 sentence presser and e-mail it to the LCA? https://t.co/Z6A1z7H9Z5

— Gun Politics in NY (@gunpoliticsny) December 29, 2019

There is a bright side, though:

PHOTOS: Orthodox Jews seen open carrying rifles in Rockland County, NY following a string of anti-semitic attacks in NYC, including last night's stabbing attack inside a synagogue in Monsey, NY that left 5 stabbed – 1 in critical condition. pic.twitter.com/l3ywnpplrB

— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) December 29, 2019

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Newsbits

NYSRPA - 27 December 2019 - 10:43am

Friday’s Newsbits:

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