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Legislature responds to lawsuit

NYSRPA - 4 hours 34 min ago

Legislators know they are likely to lose the NYC transport lawsuit so they have prepared a response in the form of A-7752/S-6151.

From the Justification:

“Premise licenses for firearms in New York State allow a license holder to possess a firearm in a specific location, either their home or place of work, the address of which is specified on the license. Recognizing that premise license holders may have a legitimate reason to transport their firearms to another location, either another premise where they have a license to possess a firearm, a shooting range, or a shooting competition, this bill seeks to clarify the ability of premise license holders to transport their firearms to and from locations where they may legally possess such firearm. In order to ensure that any transportation of firearms that occurs is done safely and responsibly, this bill requires that, during transport, such firearms must be kept in a locked container separate from the ammunition.”

Bill text explicitly states, “The term “locked container” shall not include the glove compartment or console of a vehicle.”

As for non-City residents thinking about transporting a gun into the municipality:

“… [licenses] issued by a licensing officer other than the police commissioner of the City of New York shall not authorize transport of a pistol or revolver into the City of New York in the absence of written authorization to do so by the police commissioner of that city.”

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“Ghost” guns bill passes Assembly

NYSRPA - 20 May 2019 - 6:21pm

“Ghost” guns bill A-763A has been substituted for S-1414A in the lower chamber and and passed the Assembly this afternoon by a vote of 111-22.

Here is the press release by Speaker Carl Heastie.

The bill now heads to the Governor for signing.  No word as to when that will happen.

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“Ghost” guns bill passes Senate

NYSRPA - 17 May 2019 - 11:23am

“Ghost” guns bill S-1414A passed the Senate 53-5 on Wednesday with plenty of support by NRA endorsed Republicans.

Companion A-763A is still on the Assembly floor calendar.  I suspect round 3 of gun control legislation will come up in June as part of the celebration of “Gun Violence Awareness Month.”

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A-663/S-5801, animal cruelty provisions

NYSRPA - 15 May 2019 - 10:43am

A-663, adds wildlife animals to those subject to the animal cruelty provisions, now has a Senate companion S-5801.

Despite what the justification statement says, the ultimate goal of this is to ban all hunting (even farming) as a form of cruelty to animals. The driving force behind this, Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, is a rabid animal “rights” activist, vegan and antigunner.

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“Ghost gun” bill to come up

NYSRPA - 14 May 2019 - 7:40am

The Daily News reports that legislation prohibiting so-called “ghost guns” will be taken up by the Senate on Wednesday.

The bill in question is S-1414A which was amended last week and is on 3rd Reading.

The Assembly companion is A-763A and it has been on the calendar since the end of January.

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Gun Theft Prevention Act

NYSRPA - 13 May 2019 - 1:49pm

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2nd Amendment Sanctuary Cities and Counties

NYSRPA - 12 May 2019 - 7:34pm

So-called “Second Amendment Sanctuaries” have been increasing in popularity around the country

Gun Owners of America began distributing this template for New York municipalities.  Essentially, they want municipalities to enact legislation prohibiting the use of monies to enforce the SAFE Act and other gun control laws.

I don’t see any problems asking locals not to spend money on gun control enforcement, however, SAFE itself is funded through the state budget and Albany legislators cannot defund it this way.  I am not aware of any New York municipality which has enacted something like this so I am unsure how effective this tactic is even from a public relations standpoint.  Generally, the best way to defeat gun control for gun owners to be involved in the selection and election processes for candidates at all levels of government.

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Possible good news from the 2nd Circuit

NYSRPA - 9 May 2019 - 3:15pm

Bloomberg Law reports:

President Donald Trump is in striking range of flipping another federal appeals court to a majority of Republican-appointed judges, this one based in his home state of New York. The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Joseph Bianco to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in a 54 to 42 vote that included some Democratic support. A second appointment to that court, Consovoy McCarthy Park partner Michael Park, is expected to be confirmed this week after the chamber voted to end debate on his nomination … Although a majority of appointments by a president of one party or another doesn’t guarantee case outcomes, Trump has vowed to appoint conservative judges in the mold of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a proponent of originalism and textualism … The president doesn’t have to wait until the next two soon-to-be-open Second Circuit seats are empty to nominate replacements, and it’s not clear who he’s thinking about to fill those spots. The court handles cases in New York, Connecticut and Vermont …”

This could have positive ramifications for 2A rights if/when some future New York gun law is challenged.

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NYC City Council on “ghost” guns

NYSRPA - 8 May 2019 - 5:58pm

A typical tactic of the Left is to make up some phony issue, in this case “ghost” guns, get some of their elected supporters at the local level to pass legislation and/or memorializing resolutions which addresses the “problem”, and use this a mechanism to push for state and/or federal action on similar bills.

With astroturf advocating in Albany this week for even more gun control, I knew the Clown Council was going to chime in on this.

They did not disappoint:

“It will be a crime to own parts that can be used to forge homemade untraceable guns, under new legislation two City Council members are introducing Wednesday, the Daily News has learned. The bootleg weapons — which do not have serial numbers — making them impossible to trace, are commonly referred to as “ghost guns” … City Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal (D-Manhattan) said it is “unnerving” that anyone with an internet connection and enough technical expertise can make a customized gun at home … Daneek Miller (D-Queens), who co-sponsored the bills with Rosenthal, said the NYPD has told him police have recovered some ghost guns but did not have a specific number … Miller thinks the bill is a chance to make a statement that might lead to federal legislation down the line. “New York City should be a leader, getting ahead of this,” Rosenthal said …”

Bill numbers are RES 866-2019 and INT 1548-2019.

The Resolution calls upon Congress to enact H.R.7115 from the 2017-18 session. The Introduction amends local law.

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“Undetectable” firearms bill amended

NYSRPA - 8 May 2019 - 12:07pm

Fresh off yesterday’s remarks by Sen. Gianaris that their work is not done, comes this report by Nick Reisman:

“… now lawmakers want to go further, including the passage of stalled ban on 3-D printed guns and funding for gun violence research efforts … Lawmakers had previously considered a bill that would ban guns manufactured by a 3-D printer. But the bill was pulled after some raised concerns over the language in the measure being overly broad …”

Sure enough the Senate version of the “undetectable” firearms bill S-1414A was just amended.

Basically, an “undetectable” firearm is one that, after removing the magazines and furniture, cannot be determined to be a gun by commonly used devices at airports for security.

I’m sure they will sync up the companion A-763 shortly.

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Senator Gianaris “our work is not yet done”

NYSRPA - 7 May 2019 - 6:56pm

Deputy Majority Leader Senator Mike Gianaris spoke with astroturf who were advocating in Albany for even more gun control.

Note his comment at 0:42 about wishing he could more outside New York.


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A-703 Reported

NYSRPA - 7 May 2019 - 2:02pm

Lead ammo ban bill A-703 has been Reported and sent to Assembly Codes.

No Senate companion bill yet.

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NYSRPA - 7 May 2019 - 6:44am

Tuesday’s Newsbits:

Today at 10:00am volunteers with the New York chapter of Moms Demand Action will hold a press conference urging lawmakers to advance legislation prohibiting untraceable and undetectable “ghost guns” at the Empire State Plaza, Albany.



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Lead ammo ban on EnCon agenda

NYSRPA - 6 May 2019 - 4:27pm

A-703, Prohibits the use of lead ammunition in the taking of wildlife on wildlife management areas, state forests, forest preserves, state parks or any other state-owned land that is open for hunting and on land contributing surface water to the New York city water supply, is on the Assembly EnCon Committee agenda for Tuesday, May 7 @ 11:00am.

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S-2280, unlawful possession by persons under 21

NYSRPA - 6 May 2019 - 11:41am

Senate bill S-2280 now has a companion in the Assembly, A-7460.

The bill changes current law so that, “it shall be unlawful for any person under age twenty-one to posses any rifle, shotgun, or firearm, except for those carrying a hunting license and using the gun in accordance with that license.”

Among other things, this would wipe out the NYS High School Clay Target League which currently has 70 schools participating.

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NYSRPA - 5 May 2019 - 9:36am

Congress passed H.R.1222/S.94 last week.

According to the summary:

“This bill allows a state to use federal funds to cover a higher percentage of the costs for the construction and expansion of public target ranges. Specifically, a state may use specified federal grant funds to pay up to 90% of such costs (rather than 75%, as under current law). Additionally, amounts provided for these purposes shall remain available for five fiscal years (rather than two, as under current law).”

The bills passed with a voice vote which isn’t recorded.

There are a few public ranges in the state that might benefit this including Blue Mountain in Westchester and the Suffolk County Trap, Skeet and Sporting Clays range.

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