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Erie County to drop 23 SAFE Act charges

NYSRPA - 2 hours 15 min ago

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Have not learned a thing

NYSRPA - 17 November 2018 - 1:03pm

If there was any doubt as to whether or not the Republicans learned anything from the last election, the answer is No, they haven’t.

NEWS: John Flanagan has been re-elected as #nysenate GOP leader over Cathy Young.

It was a 14-9 vote, per @JamesTedisco

— Jimmy Vielkind (@JimmyVielkind) November 16, 2018

The list of nine GOP senators who backed Catharine Young's #nysenate leadership challenge to John Flanagan are:

Amedore, Tedisco, Robach, Ortt, Funke, O’Mara, Helming, Serino and Young

— David Lombardo (@poozer87) November 16, 2018

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Promises, promises

NYSRPA - 16 November 2018 - 10:23am

The Washington Post reports:

“Newly ascendant Democrats are promising congressional action on gun control amid a rash of mass shootings … Pelosi vowed to push for a range of actions to stem gun violence, including restrictions on high-capacity magazines and a measure allowing temporary removal of guns from people deemed an imminent risk to themselves or others …”

I doubt that.  I expect a bunch of noise with little action.

Pelosi knows even if the House passes something the Senate won’t take it up.  The gun control agenda has been waning for years because the fringe advocates have never been able to deliver a political payoff to electeds who promote the agenda.  That has not changed.

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Another shakedown

NYSRPA - 16 November 2018 - 9:56am

There have been some attempts, most recently with Ruger, to impose backdoor gun control regulations through company shareholders of both firearms manufacturers and sporting good retailers like Walmart.

That tactic is getting traction with antigun politicians:

“As part of an effort to address gun safety issues and reduce investment risk, a coalition of institutional and private investors with combined assets of more than $4.83 trillion has created a framework for engaging with companies that manufacture, distribute, sell, or regulate products within the civilian firearms industry …”

What sort of investors?

“… Signatories include CalSTRS, the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds, Florida State Board of Administration, Maine Public Employees Retirement System, Maryland State Retirement and Pension System, TIAA’s Nuveen, OIP Investment Trust, Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund, Rockefeller Asset Management, San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System, State Street Global Advisors, and Wespath Investment Management. …”

State pension funds and companies which manage them and are beholden to (antigun) politicians.

“… [Christopher Ailman, chief investment officer at the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS)] insists that working to help reduce gun violence is part of their business. “This is part of the holistic picture of being an asset owner. It’s absolutely within our fiduciary duty to engage and try to bring about change,” said Ailman …”

No, your fiduciary duty is to provide maximum return to investors with minimum risk.

What exactly do they want?

At the heart of the framework are five main principles to guide institutional investors’ approach to affecting change within the firearms industry:

Principle 1: Manufacturers should support, advance, and integrate the development of technology designed to make civilian firearms safer, more secure, and easier to trace.

They mean things like microstamping and “smart guns” neither of which work.

Principle 2: Manufacturers should adopt and follow responsible business practices that establish and enforce responsible dealer standards, and promote training and education programs for owners designed around firearms safety.

NSSF and NRA already do this, but I guarantee that isn’t what these guys are looking for.

Principle 3: Civilian firearms distributors, dealers, and retailers should establish, promote, and follow best practices to ensure that no firearm is sold without a completed background check in order to prevent sales to persons prohibited from buying firearms or those too dangerous to possess firearms.

Universal background checks and gun owner databases.

Principle 4: Civilian firearms distributors, dealers, and retailers should educate and train their employees to better recognize and effectively monitor irregularities at the point of sale, to record all firearm sales, to audit firearms inventory on a regular basis, and to proactively assist law enforcement.

Hold dealers responsible for 3rd party misuse, strict liability.

Principle 5: Participants in the civilian firearms industry should work collaboratively, communicate, and engage with the signatories of these principles to design, adopt, and disclose measures and metrics demonstrating both best practices and their commitment to promoting these principles.

Basically show they have adopted the current gun control agenda.

“… Ailman emphasized that the group of investors isn’t looking to be an antagonist to the companies involved in the firearms supply chain, but to work with them to improve their product, similar to the way safety advocates in the 1980s successfully lobbied for nationwide seatbelt laws …”

Baloney.  This is what nearly bankrupted Smith & Wesson and antigun advocates know it.

Essentially these largely unaccountable pension funds want to throw their fiduciary responsibility out the window and devalue their investments by forcing companies to engage in practices that hurt their business.  There are some “socially conscience” firms which engage in this sort of behavior, but individuals can choose whether or not to put money in them.  Government pension funds by and large do not give retirees that option.  This is the perfect example of why public pensions should be converted over to private Roth IRA accounts which individuals manage themselves.

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Leadership vote Friday

NYSRPA - 15 November 2018 - 10:45am

State of Politics reports that soon-to-be-former Majority Leader John Flanagan has called for a GOP leadership vote tomorrow.

I’ll keep it simple:

No to Flanagan and No to Cathy Young, in that order.

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Flanagan calls for leadership vote

NYSRPA - 11 November 2018 - 4:18pm

Senator John Flanagan has called for a Republican leadership vote this week.

It is my understanding that Senators Fred Akshar, Joe Griffo, Pat Gallivan and Jim Seward are all backing him, but if one or more folds, Flanagan is done.

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Gov. Cuomo vowing additional gun legislation

NYSRPA - 9 November 2018 - 7:19am

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Next session’s gun control agenda

NYSRPA - 7 November 2018 - 1:55pm

This press release by Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie spells out (part) of next session’s gun control agenda:

“… Communities across our state and our country are slowly being torn apart by gun violence. It seems like we cannot go a week without hearing about a shooting at a school, a yoga studio or a place of worship. New York has always been a national model for sensible gun laws, and I look forward to working with our partners in the Senate to take up that mantle once again by requiring comprehensive background checks, banning bump stocks and keeping guns out of the hands of those proven to be a risk to others …”

What Governor Cuomo wants:

“… Cuomo said he also wants to make gun safety one of his legacies. He supports passage of the so-called Flag bill, which would allow a teacher or a family member to petition the court to have weapons confiscated from a person who may be dangerous or emotionally disturbed …”

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GOP rally in Kinderhook

NYSRPA - 5 November 2018 - 9:16pm

The Columbia County GOP held a rally in Kinderhook this evening, mostly for Congressman Faso:

Someone made a 2A sign.

Left to Right

Assemblyman Jake Ashby, County Clerk Holly Tanner, Congressman John Faso

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Center for Voter Information

NYSRPA - 5 November 2018 - 5:29pm

Gun issues have been largely absent from the CD-19 race between incumbent John Faso and challenger Antonio Delgado with both candidates being mostly quiet about it.

A Left-leaning group calling itself the Center for Voter Information sent out a mailer which highlights the difference between the candidates.  I have received two copies of this:

I don’t think this is a very effective mailer, but with the latest poll having this race too close to call even a small impact could make a difference in who wins this race.

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Robocall for Truitt

NYSRPA - 5 November 2018 - 3:51pm

I just received a robocall from NRA for Will Truitt.

This is definitely a winnable race.  DACC dumped roughly $250,000 on incumbent Assemblywoman Didi Barrett.

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Takeaways from LWV gubernatorial debate

NYSRPA - 2 November 2018 - 8:24am

The League of Women Voters held a gubernatorial debate yesterday which the incumbent blew off.

The Daily News reports:

“… Each of the four candidates also made it clear they have little interest in reviving a part of Cuomo’s SAFE Act gun control law that has yet to be implemented — the creation of an ammunition database by state police …”

From Twitter:

Sharpe: No need for a “red flag” law (reporting a student believed to be a threat). Says would turn teachers into a “secret state police.” Some background: #nygovdebate

— Yancey Roy (@YanceyRoy) November 1, 2018


.@sarbetter on whether candidates support a red flag law to take firearms away from those who may put themselves at risk. I support as long as due process is first & foremost. We have a lack of civil dialogue/partisanship around guns and our conversation has to be more inclusive.

— Stephanie A. Miner (@MinerForNY) November 1, 2018


In a ? about gun violence, @HowieHawkins says need to address root cause (poverty) and stop “sending young men” to war “for oil.” #nygovdebate

— Yancey Roy (@YanceyRoy) November 1, 2018


Marc Molinaro says he would not work to implement a state database for ammunition sales. It was part of the SAFE Act but Cuomo cut a deal with the Senate GOP to keep it from moving forward after State Police struggled to launch it for several years.

— Jon Campbell (@JonCampbellGAN) November 1, 2018


The ammunition database is not a priority. #NYSAFE act was done in the dead of night w/out debate and it was a huge disservice to the State. We need to look at this as a complicated problem that needs all of us to talk together. #LWVNYDebate #VoteMiner

— Stephanie A. Miner (@MinerForNY) November 1, 2018


Sharpe, in same question, denounces the NY gun control law known as the “Safe Act” and makes the claim that “people are leaving our state b/c of this.” #nygovdebate

— Yancey Roy (@YanceyRoy) November 1, 2018

Full video:

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Cuomo ad names the NRA

NYSRPA - 31 October 2018 - 4:02pm

Governor Cuomo is running this campaign advertisement which mentions him going after the NRA by name:

They should have hit back him in the Democrat primary. It might not have stopped him, but it could have run up the bill. He spent directly though his campaign account and through the state party account ~$32 million to put down Cynthia Nixon.

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Perry Gershon: Yes to gun control, No to CCW

NYSRPA - 29 October 2018 - 12:49pm


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