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Gun Legislation & Politics in New York
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Williams from the Left

4 hours 27 min ago

Governor Cuomo is not liked by many on the Left.

One of those, NYC Councilman Jumaane Williams wants to run a Democrat primary against the Governor:

“City Council member Jumaane Williams is gearing up to face Gov. Cuomo in a primary.  Williams, who is also running for Council Speaker, took his first official steps toward entering a Democratic primary against the governor in 2018 when he formed a campaign committee this week …”

A couple of important things about Williams:

  • He is very antigun.  See #1, #2 and #3.
  • Many “progressives” don’t like him due to his religious beliefs.  See #1, #2 and #3.

Williams does not poses a serious threat to Cuomo, but a primary between the two would provide some comic relief.

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So, how is recertification going?

6 hours 32 min ago

So, how is the pistol license recertification going?

Erie County:

“… Erie County officials say there’s an estimated 50,000 pistol permit holders in the county, who have yet to recertify their weapons, under the SAFE Act …”

Niagara County:

“… According to the Niagara County Clerk’s office, there are 28,000 pistol permit holders in the county whose firearms were registered more than five years ago. Those people are required to get recertified under the SAFE Act by Jan. 31, 2018 or they will lose their permits.  Clerk Joseph Jastrzemski, a Republican, said he received updated figures from the State Police this week, showing just a little more than 8,000 of his constituents have gone through the recertification process so far …”

Sullivan County:

“… Sullivan County Clerk Dan Briggs painted of picture of thousands of angry residents calling county legislators after the state demands the residents surrender their handguns because those residents missed, or were unaware of, the recertification deadline.  At a meeting at the government center on December 7, Briggs told lawmakers that as of the end of November, 2,829 residents had recertified their permits out of an estimated total of about 14,000 … What happens if they don’t? Briggs said, “Come February letters are going to be put together… informing people their privileges are lost, and they should make arrangements to surrender their guns.” Several lawmakers expressed agreement with councilperson Joe Perello who said, “They’re going to go apesh*t.” …”

It’s probably like this all over the state.

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Syracuse resolution in opposition to H.R.38

14 December 2017 - 3:44pm

The Syracuse Common Council will take up a resolution in opposition to H.R.38/S.446 at the next meeting of the Common Council set for Monday, December 18 at 1:00pm.

Here is a copy of the resolution (PDF).

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Cuomo’s domestic violence proposal

13 December 2017 - 2:12pm

WTEN reports:

“During New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2018 State of the State address, he plans to announce a proposal on removing firearms from domestic abusers.  The governor’s office says given the inextricable link between domestic violence and lethal gun violence, the legislation will require anyone convicted of a domestic violence crime convictions, including misdemeanors, to have firearms immediately removed.  The legislation would also add measures to keep firearms out of the hands of those who commit domestic violence …”

No bill has been introduced yet, but it is probably going to require anyone simply accused of domestic violence to give up their guns. That is what the antis have been floating around the country.  I’m going to assume Cuomo’s proposal will be similar to legislation Senator Brad Hoylman introduced earlier this year, S-67 and/or S-5447.

No matter what it is, the Senate Republicans won’t even try to fight it.


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Our first contestant

13 December 2017 - 1:52pm

The first Republican to formally announce their intention to run for Governor next year is Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb:

“… Kolb, 65, has represented the Finger Lakes Region in the Assembly since 2000. He became the GOP leader in 2009. He has extensive business experience as the former president of Refractron Technologies and a co-founder of North American Filter Corporation …”

Tim Callery helped Kolb get elected back in 2000 and he has been reliably pro-gun since then.  Kolb is a NRA member.

On the downside he has little money or resources and next to no name recognition south of Albany.  I have doubts as to his ability to go the distance even in a Republican primary.

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9 December 2017 - 11:23am

Concealed Nation has an article, “What You Need To Know About The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act Of 2017.”

They have some issues with the bill:

“… Problem #1: A permit holder would only be able to carry in a state that, “has a statute that allows residents of the State to obtain licenses or permits to carry concealed firearms” OR “does not prohibit the carrying of concealed firearms by residents of the State for lawful purposes.” The problem with the above text is that it provides a strong incentive for restrictive states (like Maryland, New Jersey, Hawaii, New York & California) to prohibit concealed carry altogether …”

New York will never prohibit concealed carry.  The Sullivan Act was as much about graft as it was sticking it to the Italians.  Nobody wants to stop this gravy train.

“… Problem #2: “This [law] shall not be construed to supersede or limit the laws of any State that—(1) permit private persons or entities to prohibit or restrict the possession of concealed firearms on their property; or (2) prohibit or restrict the possession of firearms on any State or local government property, installation, building, base, or park.” What this means is that those middle-of-the-road states (like Oregon, Washington, Illinois and South Carolina) which likely won’t decide to eliminate concealed carry altogether, but also don’t necessarily want millions of visitors carrying guns in their state, will likely make it SUBSTANTIALLY more difficult to carry a gun in their state …”

New York’s licensing is already arbitrary while the NYPD just makes shit up.  This may be an issue elsewhere, but not locally.

Reciprocity bills have been around for over 20 years.  They don’t have to be perfect especially from a New York view to be a big plus for us because passing pretty much anything would open new legal and legislative avenues for us in the state.

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House passes reciprocity

7 December 2017 - 11:12am

The House passed CCW reciprocity yesterday.  The final vote was 231 to 198 in support.

The New York delegation voted as expected with the latest lame attempt at intimidating Lee Zeldin accomplishing nothing.

The vote was less than expected with the House Liberty Caucus opposing it based upon the “Fix NICS” amendment. I think NICS is a waste and should be scrapped, but I do not believe this amendment should be a deal-breaker.

Here is a press release from Elise Stefanik explaining her supportive vote.

Here is some PSH from Cy Vance expressing his (phony) outrage at the bill.

The Governor too was angry:

“The appalling House vote for concealed carry reciprocity puts all New Yorkers at risk. This legislation would let individuals from out-of-state convicted of certain crimes carry hidden, loaded weapons in New York, in violation of New York’s much better, safer law. Only the NRA could propose something so ill-considered, dangerous and vile.

“New York passed the strongest gun safety measures in the country, and instead of joining the fight against senseless gun violence, Washington is trying to make New York and the rest of the nation less safe.”

He’s pissed because he went all in on gun control thinking it was a political winner when, in fact, it turned into a real stinker for him.

New York Democrats went on the attack, but their aim was off:

NY Democrats send out email blast criticizing NY GOP reps for supporting concealed carry bill. One problem: The email also calls out two Republicans — Donovan and King — who voted against it.

— Robert Harding (@RobertHarding) December 7, 2017

New York Republicans never learn. You gain nothing by pandering to Democrats. They will attack you no matter how you vote.

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Attacking Zeldin on reciprocity

5 December 2017 - 10:36am

The antigun group formerly known as Americans for Responsible Solutions, now just Giffords, is planning on a targeted advertising buy against several Republican Congressmen in advance of the vote on H.R.38:

“… The ads come ahead of this week’s expected House vote on Concealed Carry Reciprocity, which, if enacted, would be a massive opening of gun laws across the country, forcing all states to accept gun licenses issued in any state … Digital ads will also go out against … Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) … All of these are at the top of Democrats’ 2018 pick-up hopes …”

They’ve tried intimidating Zeldin on gun control before in public and failed miserably.  Given that he is co-sponsoring the bill this latest effort was doomed before it even started.

If the antis want to waste money on stuff like this more power to them.

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Reciprocity bills advancing

2 December 2017 - 1:04pm

H.R.38 has moved out of the Judiciary Committee.  It’s next stop would be the floor for a full House vote.

Here is some out-gassing by Jerrold Nadler about it:

My @HouseJudDems statement opposing the @NRA's #HR38, which overrules state restrictions on #ConcealedCarry. #StopCCR

— (((Rep. Nadler))) (@RepJerryNadler) November 30, 2017

Meanwhile, the Senate companion S.446 gained another co-sponsoring bringing the total to 39.

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Proposed Philipstown gun storage ordinance

2 December 2017 - 8:31am

It’s been awhile since gun control reared it’s ugly head in Philipstown, but the issue is back with a proposed mandatory storage proposal:

There will be a discussion on the issue at the next Town Board meeting December 7 at 7:30pm.

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NYC pastor encourages parishioners to carry guns

30 November 2017 - 6:04pm

I’m not often surprised by gun news, but I was not expecting this:

“The Rev. Francis Colamaria, pastor of St. Helen RC Church in Howard Beach, said at an active shooter seminar at the house of worship Monday that he encourages those with the legal ability to carry firearms to bring their guns to the pews.  “If you have a license to carry, I would advise you to carry,” Colamaria said at the seminar, adding that the question has been posed to him by parishioners. “We live in a very treacherous world.” …”

Good for him.

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Shiny, happy people

29 November 2017 - 2:37pm

The House is advancing H.R.38 through the Judiciary Committee.

The antis are hysterical. A group of big city DAs and state AGs held an “emergency summit” in D.C. to try and derail it:

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance was there along with long time antigun RINO Rep. Pete King:

DA Jackie Lacey, @SenFeinstein, @RepPeteKing, @CityAttorneyLA and other leaders from across the country joined @ProsecutorsAGV for a Summit in DC to address ways to #EndGunViolence #PAGVinDC

— LA District Attorney (@LADAOffice) November 29, 2017

What a grim looking bunch. Hopefully that’s a good sign for us.

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Debate over the NY SAFE ACT heating up again

29 November 2017 - 7:54am

Don’t wait with the pistol license recertification. I suspect most people are and it’s going to be a custerfuck come January.

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States push for reciprocity

27 November 2017 - 7:48pm reports that several states are urging passage of the reciprocity bill:

“A group of state attorneys general has signed on to a letter urging lawmakers to approve a measure that would allow universal recognition if concealed carry permits across the nation.  The letter, signed by the top legal advisors in Alabama, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana and South Carolina, supports the passage the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 …”

According to South Carolinal Attorney General Allan Wilson:

“… “States should not be able to deny citizens of other states the basic constitutional right to self-defense,” Attorney General Wilson said. “South Carolinians who have gone through the process of getting concealed weapon permits shouldn’t have to worry about whether they can protect themselves and their families when they travel in other states.” … “Passing this law would not expand who’s allowed to have a concealed weapon permit,” Attorney General Wilson said. “It just eliminates the confusion we have now over which states recognize which other states’ permits, and makes that constitutional right uniform across the country. The Framers were unwavering in their right to self-protection and steadfast in their support of the Second Amendment.” …”

Compare that statement to Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance’s latest op-ed against the bill:

“… The CCRA would override our state’s restrictive concealed-weapons permitting system and force New York to honor concealed-carry firearms privileges issued in other states, even though many other states have much looser standards … Passage of CCRA could unleash countless new concealed weapons on the streets of New York. That could mean more shootings, more victims and more tragedies in America’s safest big city … The CCRA is a gift to these terrorists. A person on a watch list could purchase multiple handguns at a gun show, take those guns into Manhattan and carry them, fully loaded, into Times Square. It wouldn’t be a crime until they started shooting …”

House bill H.R.38 picked up another co-sponsor before Thanksgiving bringing the total to 213. No new action on the Senate version S.446 since September.

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Decline and fall

24 November 2017 - 1:34pm

George Marlin has an excellent op-ed on the decline and fall of the Nassau County Republicans which makes for a good follow-up to Jack Martins’ welcome defeat on election day:

“… There was a time, however, when the Nassau GOP was the most respected and powerful political organization in the nation … But over time, the GOP machine began to rust.  Efficiently servicing the taxpayers took a backseat to rewarding political cronies with patronage and contracts … Meanwhile, the aging political machine’s influence at the polling booth continued to decline … The disastrous results on Election Day 2017 were the final nails in the coffin of the once mighty organization … Nassau Republicans are finished because their arrogance, incompetence and indifference to voter concerns has caught up with them …”

I would add the local Republicans sell-out first on Pataki’s 5-Point Plan then again on Cuomo’s SAFE Act played a big part in this collapse as well especially considering Martin’s campaigning loudly on his SAFE vote.

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End of an era

24 November 2017 - 1:11pm

The NYPD is finally retiring their service revolvers:

H/T: GunFreeZone

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Admit it

22 November 2017 - 10:38am

The Legislative Gazette reports:

“… Sen. Felder, D-Brooklyn, first called for armed NYPD officers to be placed at city schools after a Halloween terror attack in New York City … That attacker was eventually apprehended by a police officer who happened to be nearby and according to Felder, proves that his legislation, S.6798, must be passed to ensure the safety of New York City’s students. This week, Felder again called on the Assembly to pass their own version of his Senate bill …”

There is no companion bill in the Assembly.

Time for me to stir the pot:

“After reading of Senator Felder’s call for armed security at public schools following the Halloween terror attack I have a question for the Senator: Don’t you think it’s time to admit that New York’s citizen disarmament laws do not keep the public safe?

However good your intentions, the NYPD does not have the ability, nor in fact do they have any legal responsibility, to protect the public either from street criminals or Islamic terrorists. The only one responsible for a person’s safety is the individual themselves. That is the reason 42 states covering 75 percent of the population have right-to-carry firearms for personal protection laws. No rational argument can be made for New York to be excluded from this. If you want to seriously address public safety then introduce legislation to bring the state in line with the majority.

Further, if you or any of your colleagues lack personal experience handling firearms and believe it is too complicated for ordinary citizens to do this, I am a certified instructor and will teach you it isn’t.”

I’m not expecting a response from Felder’s office, but you never know.

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Racist rednecks

20 November 2017 - 3:30pm

Dutchess Legislator Micki Walsh Strawinski does not appear to like either guns for country music:

I love the response from Ulster Firearms.

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Make gun-trafficking a federal crime

20 November 2017 - 3:21pm

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand held a press conference today to introduce new legislation:

“… Gillibrand visited the Uniondale Public Library Monday to stand with advocates and survivors of gun violence and announce the reintroduction of the Hadiya Pendleton and Nyasia Pryear-Yard Gun Trafficking & Crime Prevention Act.  “I am proud to announce my legislation to make gun-trafficking a federal crime, and I urge all of my colleagues to join me in fighting to pass this essential bill, as well as two other pieces of legislation that would protect families in New York …” …  The bill would make it illegal to sell purchase, or transfer two or more firearms to someone whom the seller knows, or has reasonable cause to know, is a felon or convicted domestic abuser.  The bill would also make it illegal to provide false information on a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives firearms transaction record form …”

She had company at the presser:

Great to meet Nassau DA @madelinesingas today at @SenGillibrand's press conference. @MomsDemand thanks you two gun sense champions for all your hard work! #EndGunViolence @Everytown

— Burnsie (@ljburns) November 20, 2017

The bills are not yet online so I’m not sure exactly what they do, but I’m pretty sure lying on a 4473 is already a felony. Maybe she’s making it a double, secret felony.

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