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NYSRPA - 16 July 2018 - 10:27am

According to the Daily News:

Public Advocate Letitia James said Thursday she’d investigate the National Rifle Association’s not-for-profit status in New York if she’s elected state attorney general. “I will use the constitutional power as an attorney general to regulate charities, that includes the NRA, to investigate their legitimacy,” James said at a Harlem press conference where she outlined an anti-gun violence platform …”

What NRA ought to do (and I’m confident they won’t) is a GOTV mailing before the Democrat primary telling members to vote against James.  At a minimum it would force her campaign to spend a lot of money it otherwise would not.  Best case is that because of low turnout in the primaries she ends up losing like Joe Crowley did when turnout was 11.8%.


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Truitt for Assembly campaign kick-off

NYSRPA - 13 July 2018 - 3:40pm

I attended Will Truitt’s Dutchess County Campaign Kick-Off yesterday:

Some campaign events are free, others are fundraisers like this one.

Gun owners need to attend such events and gun clubs should pass around the hat to sponsor them.  If clubs were to sponsor say, a dozen such events around the state, so many problems in Albany would go away.

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Prediction comes true

NYSRPA - 13 July 2018 - 2:30pm

Back in April I made the prediction that Republican Senator Elaine Phillips would not get any help from gun control groups no matter what she does for them.

Today I am proven right:

Archived image here.

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New Brady PAC

NYSRPA - 12 July 2018 - 11:51am

The Brady Campaign is once again trying to reinvent itself with the formation of a new Political Action Committee, Brady PAC.

They are looking for a political director to run it.

According to the job description:

“Brady PAC is a new, hybrid Political Action Committee that backs political candidates running for office who support common sense gun violence prevention policies like expanding background checks to all guns sales, banning assault weapons and high capacity magazines, enacting Extreme Risk laws, and other gun violence prevention strategies, policies, practices and programs to make our homes, schools and communities safe …”

Antigunners have never had much success in electing people around their issues so I don’t see this going anywhere.  I am interested to see who is funding this latest effort, though.

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Flanagan opens the door

NYSRPA - 12 July 2018 - 11:27am

Under pressure from Governor Cuomo and squishy RINOs in his own conference, Senator John Flanagan has opened the door for returning the Senate to Albany for a special session:

“… The pinball game that is New York politics lit up anew on Wednesday with State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan telling The Point that he would consider calling his conference back for a special session by September, including to consider abortion legislation.  “I am not averse to coming back,” Flanagan told us. “But first there has to be a legitimate agreement with the governor and the speaker on all outstanding issues,” he said …”

Abortion might be the main issue, however, Cuomo is still running ads demanding action on his “red flag” gun control proposal. That could come up as well.

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Ryan running for Broome Sheriff

NYSRPA - 12 July 2018 - 8:44am

The Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin reports:

Former Binghamton mayor Matthew T. Ryan is running for Broome County Sheriff in the November election, challenging incumbent Sheriff David Harder, who is seeking a sixth term. Ryan, a Democrat and Binghamton resident who has no law enforcement background, will be running for sheriff under the Working Families Party ticket …”

Ryan was a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns.  Unless the Democrats endorse him I don’t think he’s that serious about running.

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NYSRPA - 12 July 2018 - 7:24am
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Schmitt looking for campaign volunteers

NYSRPA - 12 July 2018 - 7:12am

Colin Schmitt is looking for campaign volunteers for his Assembly campaign in AD-99 covering parts of Orange and Rockland counties.

Contact the campaign at or by phone at 845-245-3068.

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Cobb caught lying

NYSRPA - 11 July 2018 - 5:47pm

Democrat Congressional candidate Tedra Cobb was recorded saying she supports gun bans, but won’t say so in public as it would damage her campaign:

“… “When I was at this thing today, it was the first table I was at, a woman said, ‘How do you feel about assault rifles?’ And I said they should be banned,” Cobb can be heard saying in the video recorded by one of the attendees. “And I said, you know, people were getting up to go, to go get their lunch because it was a buffet, and I just said to her, I want you to know Cindy, I cannot say that.” …”

I decide to be helpful and send copies of the story to the Legislative Corespondents Association.

Republicans jump on Cobb:

Listen to @TedraCobb tell supporters that she supports a gun ban but can't say that on the campaign trail "because she'll lose" #NY21

— Chris Martin (@chrisjdmartin) July 11, 2018

As the video starts becoming more popular, the public is reminded that Cobb took a pledge to run an honest campaign:

NY-21 Democratic congressional candidate Tedra Cobb has formally committed to The Post-Star‘s no-lies pledge … “I have proven myself to be honest and forthright and I will continue to be that way,” she said …”

Gun control advocates take umbrage at the suggestion they told Cobb to keep quiet:

.@MomsDemand Action refutes claim in video from Cobb that she was advised to not publicly support an assault weapons ban. "We encourage every candidate to be honest and vocal in their support of a wide range of gun violence prevention laws."

— David Lombardo (@poozer87) July 11, 2018

NRA gets in on the act:

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Brett Kavanaugh

NYSRPA - 10 July 2018 - 10:36am

Trump has nominated D.C. Circuit Court Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh as his choice for SCOTUS.

He appears solid on gun rights as the L.A. Times reports:

“… [Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh] will move the high court to the right on … gun rights … Kavanaugh appears to support broader gun rights under the 2nd Amendment. In 2011, he filed a 52-page dissent when the appeals court, by a 2-1 vote, upheld a District of Columbia ordinance that prohibited semiautomatic rifles and magazines holding more than 10 rounds … But Kavanaugh said the ban on semiautomatic rifles was unconstitutional because the weapons are in common use in this country. “As one who was born here, grew up in this community in the late 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, and has lived and worked in this area almost all of his life, I am acutely aware of the gun, drug and gang violence that has plagued all of us…. But our task is to apply the Constitution and the precedents of the Supreme Court, regardless of whether the result is one we agree with as a matter of first principles or policy,” he wrote …”

Antigunners are not happy:

Judge Kavanaugh’s dangerous views on the Second Amendment are far outside the mainstream of even conservative thought and stand in direct opposition to the values and priorities of the vast majority of Americans.

— Gabrielle Giffords (@GabbyGiffords) July 10, 2018

Judge Kavanaugh made it clear where he stands. He thinks the 2nd Amend says that weapons of war, like AR-15s, belong on our streets. That’s not what Scalia wrote. For the NRA, this is just desserts for a $30+ million contribution to Pres. Trump’s campaign. #SCOTUSnominee

— Avery Gardiner (@AveryWGardiner) July 10, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh is a true Second Amendment radical. He believes assault weapon bans are unconstitutional, a position way out of the judicial mainstream, far to the right of even late Justice Scalia.

— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) July 10, 2018

Meanwhile, Governor Cuomo, who had already been attacking Republicans over his “red flag” proposal, started attacking them over abortion:

“Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a gaggle with reporters on Monday in Brooklyn said he plans to call out individual Republicans in the state Senate over the issue of abortion rights in New York. “I’m going to call them all out by name — all out by name,” Cuomo said. Cuomo’s targeting of individual GOP lawmakers is part of a years-long break for him and the Senate Republican conference. The relationship was once a productive one for the governor and the GOP lawmakers who controlled the chamber …”

This relationship was doomed from the start as Republicans never brought anything to the table except themselves. If Judge Kavanaugh is what finally puts an end to Republican “control” of the Senate so be it.

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Learn from this

NYSRPA - 9 July 2018 - 9:17am

From a syndicated Washington Post article, “Organizers of pro-gun rallies lament low turnout“:

“Student-led rallies around the country on Saturday aimed to show support for gun rights, though their effort drew smaller-than-expected crowds in a bid to counter the well-funded and organized youth gun-control lobby that emerged after the massacre in a Florida high school earlier this year …”

Organizers made two mistakes here.

First, not recognizing the gun control marches were organized by professional astroturf and their media allies and not a genuine expression of student support.  There was no way they could duplicate them using only grassroots. The appropriate response would have been to call fraud from the start to delegitimize them.

Second, assuming that rallies are an effective form of political action.  They are not.  I have covered this many times before.  Politicians don’t pay much attention to them as they go on all the time.  Only people who can organize votes and money around an issue are taken seriously. Elected officials do not go around asking for people to hold rallies, they ask for help with their election campaigns.

Some examples:

Truitt For Assembly – Dutchess Campaign Kickoff!

An evening in support of our next Assemblyman Colin Schmitt

8th Annual Sheriff Moss Pig Roast

Politics is not difficult to understand especially when elected officials come right out and tell you what to do. They want gun owners to help them get on the ballot, come to their fundraisers and give money. The students should learn from this.

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Proposed Nassau storage law

NYSRPA - 5 July 2018 - 11:58am

I have obtained a copy of the proposed Nassau Co. mandatory firearms storage law.

The legislative clerk’s office insisted I file a FOIL before they would give it to me which was absurd.  I was able to get a copy from a legislative aide.

Here it is in PDF format.

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Decriminalize it

NYSRPA - 3 July 2018 - 11:56am

New York has slowly been moving in the direction of legalizing recreation marijuana.

The legislature should speed up the process:

“A burglar trying to rob a Main Street apartment early today Monday was shot in the hand by the gun-toting tenant, police said. New Rochelle police said Darius Rogers and a second man broke into an apartment at 759 Main St. around 12:49 a.m. Rogers was armed, but so was the tenant, 21-year-old Nicholas Collado, and Collado shot the intruder, police said. The second intruder fled. Rogers was transported to a local hospital and was treated for non-life threatening injuries. He is facing felony charges of first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon …”

Good. He got what he deserved.

“… Police said they found narcotics in the apartment. So, Collado is facing felony charges of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and second-degree criminal possession of marijuana.”

Decriminalize all of it including the hallucinogenics and get the state out of the drug control business altogether.  It is bad policy.

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Tactical Pay Radio’s podcast

NYSRPA - 3 July 2018 - 10:28am

I was a guest on Tactical Pay Radio’s podcast.

Listen here.

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NYSRPA - 30 June 2018 - 12:00pm

Newsday reports:

“As the race for governor accelerates, Republican nominee Marc Molinaro says the campaign of Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is trying falsely to define him as an ultraconservative out of step with most New Yorkers on social issues … The Cuomo campaign routinely refers to Molinaro as “Trump mini-me . . . who has an ‘A’ rating from the NRA …” … He defends the right of the National Rifle Association to be included in discussion of gun control and school safety. But he refuses to take campaign contributions from the NRA …”

There are roughly 250,000 NRA members in New York.

A candidate who does not have a personal interest in firearms and has little to no firsthand experience with them isn’t a problem.  A candidate who does not want to make guns a priority issue during the campaign isn’t a problem.  A candidate who does not want to accept special interest donations isn’t a problem.

This is a problem.  A lot of people are going to look at this as an insult as it singles out the NRA.

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