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What Mike has been up to

NYSRPA - 1 hour 56 min ago

CBS reports:

“… Michael Bloomberg is expected to spend at least $80 million in the 2018 midterm elections supporting Democratic candidates as part of his larger goal of flipping 23 Republican-held seats in the House, to put Democrats back in power …”

On the surface this looks bad.  However, Bloomberg has a history of throwing money around and not getting much of a return on his investment.

It is reasonable to assume that most if not all of the candidates he backs will be advocating for whatever his current gun control fixation is.

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Devious not dumb

NYSRPA - 18 June 2018 - 1:40pm

David Englehardt at the Federalist writes, “Cuomo’s Idea To Let Teachers Decide When To Yank Guns From People’s Homes Is Dumb”:

“… Cuomo proposes to take guns from the homes of troubled students by government fiat. That is, if the student’s teacher senses there is a problem with the student, he or she would contact the authorities to have the family’s weapons removed. Specifically, if there is a “problem student” teachers would be able to petition a court to remove guns from the student’s home … I want safer schools. I want kids who need help to get it. I’d also like to imagine the best of the governor, but I’m not sure how this legislation can actually protect students in a way that’s sensible, positive, or helpful …”

The author lacks the most basic understanding of the Albany legislative process.

First off, most bills are written to be as vague and all encompassing as possible.  A-11148 is designed to affect as many people as possible in both good and bad ways.

Second, the bill in question isn’t meant to help kids or make schools safer.  The goal is to make gun ownership as difficult and unappealing as possible for ordinary people because the Governor believes that doing so would help him politically.

Third, why on earth would anyone think the Governor is operating now with the best of intentions?  Trying to get a new bill introduced in the closing days of the legislative session is never a good sign as it is generally done to limit public discussion and debate.  This is especially true in a state known for “The Big Ugly” where all sorts of shit nobody has read is passed into law in the wee hours of the morning on the last session day.

The whole business surrounding this proposal is really very easy to understand: Cuomo is bringing up this issue (and others) now in an attempt to defect attention away from his primary opponent Cynthia Nixon.  That’s it.  Nothing more, nothing less.

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Sources say

NYSRPA - 18 June 2018 - 9:00am

The Daily News reports:

“… sources say Gov. Cuomo continues to push passage of a “red flag” gun control bill that would allow teachers, school officials, family members and law enforcement to petition a judge when they fear someone is dangerous and has access to guns …”

Also today at 11:15 am Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will attend a gun control rally at Nottingham High School in Syracuse in support of the bill.

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Perry Gershon’s megaphone ad

NYSRPA - 17 June 2018 - 9:06am

Perry Gershon is running against Lee Zeldin in CD-1.

His campaign is running this ad. Guns mentioned at 0:19.

We can deduce what Gershon intends to do to “reduce gun violence” by reading the position statement from his campaign website:

“… When it comes to gun violence prevention, I have a few basic priorities. Background checks should be required at a national level before guns may be purchased – and we must close the loopholes in the current system. Certain guns such as assault weapons should be registered, just as cars are today. Assault weapons should not be freely available, and I support a renewal of the provisions of the old 1994 law, as well as a ban on “bump stocks.” And most of all, we should not impose “concealed carry” laws on our states. Representative Zeldin frequently advocates for a new federal gun law allowing a person to carry a legal concealed weapon into a state where it is otherwise illegal. So if a Texan visits New York, he or she would be immune to New York’s more restrictive gun laws and bound only by Texas law. We cannot let this happen …”

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Maloney apologizes for Clinton crime bill

NYSRPA - 15 June 2018 - 11:39am

Found this nugget at QCP:

“… During the debate, Patel criticized Maloney’s support for the 1994 crime bill, which is credited for the increase of mass incarceration in America, contrasting his outspoken support for legalizing marijuana and lessening marijuana convictions. Maloney admitted her regret for the bill whilst explaining most of the Democrats also voted for that bill. “I think that we have evolved as a nation and seen that it doesn’t work. We have more research now that shows that having strict mandatory sentences does not deter crime; it does not solve the problem. I regret that vote,” said Maloney …”

The bill in question is the infamous omnibus crime bill which was known primarily for the Clinton AWB.  Even though she isn’t being questioned on the main gun part it is most amusing to see her acknowledge this policy failure.

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People v. Wallace

NYSRPA - 15 June 2018 - 8:48am

The New York Court of Appeals issued a ruling last month in the case of People v. Wallace.

Briefly:

“… Defendant was working as a swing manager at a McDonald’s restaurant when a gun in the pockets of his pants fired, causing an injury to the lower part of his right leg. Defendant was charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, in violation of N.Y. Penal Law 265.03. Defendant moved to dismiss the indictment, arguing that the “place of business” exception to section 265.03(3) applied because he possessed the firearm at his workplace. Supreme Court denied the motion and convicted Defendant. The Appellate Division affirmed. The Court of Appeals affirmed, holding that because Defendant was not the principal operator of the McDonald’s when he possessed the loaded firearm in the establishment, the “place of business” exception to section 265.03(3) was inapplicable …”

Read the full decision here.

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A-5826A on agenda

NYSRPA - 13 June 2018 - 5:28pm

Microstamping bill A-5826A is on the Assembly floor calendar and could be voted on as soon as tomorrow.

No action on Senate companion S-470A.

Governor Cuomo is going hard after the Republicans for his ‘red flag’ bill.  I am concerned they are going to cave on something (everything).

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A-11184 passed Assembly

NYSRPA - 13 June 2018 - 3:25pm

A-11148 passed the Assembly this afternoon.

How a bill becomes law in New York

The Political Process:

Point – Counterpoint:

The Legislative Process:

Assemblyman @RaymondWWalter just gave a fiery speech, angrily knocking Andrew Cuomo for using the "red flag" gun bill as a platform for politics.

Then he voted for the bill, eliciting laughs.

— Jon Campbell (@JonCampbellGAN) June 13, 2018


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Cuomo’s bill A-11184

NYSRPA - 12 June 2018 - 11:57am

Governor Cuomo’s ‘red flag’ proposal has been formally introduced in the Assembly as A-11184. The bill is currently on the floor calendar and will likely be voted on by the Assembly next week.

No companion bill has been introduced in the Senate yet. The legislature is scheduled to go into recess next Wednesday the 20th.

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Juanita Perez Williams’ gun control ad

NYSRPA - 12 June 2018 - 11:14am

One of the two Democrat contenders in CD-24, Juanita Perez Williams, has released this ad which is currently running on cable stations in the Rochester and Syracuse markets:

I don’t think this is a very effective ad and will most likely go unnoticed.

She is making gun control a central issue in her campaign:

“… She addressed the mass shootings that have occurred and the need to take action at the federal level to combat gun violence. She pledged to fight for gun safety reforms and said the AR-15, a semiautomatic rifle that has been used in several mass shootings, doesn’t belong on the streets. She criticized U.S. Rep. John Katko, the incumbent Republican congressman, for accepting donations from the National Rifle Association and for not pushing for tougher gun control laws. “We’ve got to have someone we can trust,” she said …”

The Congressional primary is June 26.

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VanBlarcum looking for signature help

NYSRPA - 11 June 2018 - 2:29pm

Sheriff Paul VanBlarcum intends to run in the Democrat primary this September. To do that he needs 1000 signatures of registered Ulster County Democrat Party voters by June 29.

To sign a petition e-mail the campaign at sheriffpaulvanblarcum@gmail.com and they will meet with you to get your support. You can also stop at Academy General Insurance at 237 Fair Street in the City of Kingston and see Maryann any weekday between 9:00am and 4:00pm to sign a petition.

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Gov. Cuomo’s Red Flag Law Ad

NYSRPA - 11 June 2018 - 10:49am

Governor Cuomo is going on a downstate bus tour to push for his ‘red flag’ gun control bill.

Here is a video his re-election campaign made in support of it:

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New Yorkers Under the Gun

NYSRPA - 8 June 2018 - 7:45pm

June 7 video from a public forum by hosted by City Limits and The Crime Report at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

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