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Newsbits

9 November 2019 - 8:37am

Saturday’s Newsbits:

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Jacobs’ campaign stunt

9 November 2019 - 8:24am

Senator Chris Jacobs proposed a new bill pertaining to pistol license privacy:

“New York State Senator Chris Jacobs announced today that he has introduced legislation (S-6834) that would tighten privacy protections for gun owners at the time they apply for their permits, as well as when they recertify. “My bill presumes gun owners prefer to keep their personal licensing and application information private from the general public, and it affords that protection by ensuring the information is only made public through a court order, or if the applicant chooses to allow public disclosure,” said Jacobs. “The automatic disclosure that exists today acts as a deterrent to applicants and an unnecessary infringement on the second amendment rights of lawful gun owners.” Under current state law, when a resident applies for a pistol permit, personal information such as name and address automatically become part of the public record and accessible to anyone conducting a public search. To maintain confidentiality, applicants must formally opt out of public disclosure when they first apply, and at all re-certifications as required under New York’s SAFE Act. Jacobs’ bill reverses the roles for permit holders by requiring they opt in to any public disclosure …”

Big deal.

I don’t see the 2A community jumping up and down for joy over this, not that it will be going anywhere with Jacobs being in the permanent Republican minority.

This is nothing more than a public relations stunt for his Congressional campaign.

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Election round-up

6 November 2019 - 12:39pm

Round-up from yesterday’s elections:

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Make new friends

3 November 2019 - 12:21pm

It is already pretty obvious, but Spectrum reports,”New York Keeps Getting Bluer As Republican Enrollment Continues To Slide“:

“There are now 18,287 fewer active enrolled Republican voters in New York state in the three years since President Donald Trump was first elected, new voter enrollment statistics released by the Board of Elections show … The new numbers show there are now 2,630,555 active Republicans in New York, a decline from 2,648,842 GOP voters in November 2016. Democrats have added more than a quarter million enrolled active voters during that same time period — 273,684 voters, according to the new data … In the rear view mirror for Republicans is the growing number of voters who have chosen to not enroll in party or “blanks.” Statistics show there are now more than 2.5 million voters who do not identify with a party, a gain of 62,639 voters over three years. The ranks of the Conservative Party have also fallen in the last three years, declining by 4,224 active voters during the same time period …”

People are not putting up with the GOP and CP being little more than rubberstamps for Governor Cuomo and the far-left.

There is no alternative for 2A advocates but to be involved in Democrat politics.  Gun owners must attend their events, take part in their candidate selection process and vote in their primaries.  Even if all Republicans in the legislature vote in unison they have no ability to advance or block legislation.

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Newsbits

2 November 2019 - 11:57am

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30 October 2019 - 6:10am

Wednesday’s Newsbits:

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Rallies are a waste of time

28 October 2019 - 4:23pm

Some people are planning on holding a “2nd Amendment Rally” in D.C. this Saturday.

This is pointless.  Do something productive or stay home. There is no reason to go to this event.

Politics is not difficult to understand.  Politicians, regardless of their party affiliation or ideology, only care about themselves, their party and their cronies and in that order.  All people who contact an elected official about their legislative agenda are judged based upon their ability to help/hurt that politician at election time, as well as their party and their cronies.  The ability to advance a legislative agenda is directly tied to one’s ability to help/hurt politicians at election time.  The higher up the elected office the more likely this is to be true.  This is absolutely true in Albany.

Knowing this, those considering going to this event should ask themselves the following questions:

  1. Will this rally help/hurt any member of Congress’ chances during the 2020 elections?  No.  Do you see any pro-gun politicians asking 2A supporters to hold rallies?  No.
  2. Will this rally help advance a pro-gun legislative agenda?  No.  Electeds won’t even notice it.  It’s being held on a weekend when Congress isn’t in session and many members aren’t even in town so they won’t care.
  3. Will this rally raise money for a cause?  No, and it isn’t being billed as a fundraiser.

Activism is a finite resource and wasting it does nothing to help the 2A.

With elections one week away here are some positive alternatives for gun rights activists to participate in:

  1. Attend a fundraiser benefiting a pro-gun politician.
  2. Attend an event hosted by a candidate or political party, meet with elected officials and party people in attendance and let them know 2A is your issue.
  3. Make a donation to a pro-gun candidate.
  4. Volunteer to help a candidate get out the vote.
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More on the primary for Gianaris

28 October 2019 - 1:52pm

As a follow-up to my previous post, “Primary for Gianaris“, the Post reports, “Former state Sen. Connor working on bid to oust Sen. Gianaris“:

“A former Democratic leader of the state Senate with ties to Gov. Andrew Cuomo is aiding a primary campaign to oust state Sen. Mike Gianaris … challenger Justin Potter, Citizens for Queens, has retained veteran election lawyer Marty Connor as its attorney … Connor, who for 30 years represented parts of Brooklyn and lower Manhattan, was the Democratic minority leader of the Senate for eight years in the 1990s through 2001 …”

Good.  That’s a sign the effort to depose Gianaris is serious.

NRA should (but they won’t) get behind Potter regardless of his 2A position to push Gianaris out.

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Cuomo pushes “Make America Safer” campaign

27 October 2019 - 6:29am

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S-6803 introduced

25 October 2019 - 3:11pm

Senator Gaughran’s new liability bill has been introduced as S-6803 to Rules.

According to the text:

“… ANY ACTION IN WHICH THE WRONGFUL ACT INVOLVES THE INTENTIONAL AND PRE-MEDITATED USE OF A DEADLY WEAPON AS DEFINED IN SUBDIVISION TWELVE OF SECTION 10.00 OF THE PENAL LAW, FAIR COMPENSATION FOR THE FOLLOWING DAMAGES MAY ALSO BE RECOVERED …”

What does this mean?

According to the Senator’s remarks to the Daily News:

“… Gaughran believes the expansion of the statute, allowing family members to sue the person responsible for the death, is a fundamental change lawmakers can make to help families suffering in the wake of the unthinkable … Efforts to expand the law so that families can sue gun manufacturers or sellers are ongoing, said Mike Murphy, a spokesman for the Senate Democrats … “It’s an idea that’s been seriously discussed and next session we hope to have a path forward,” Murphy said …”

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SD-57 special election candidate position statements

24 October 2019 - 8:44am

There will be a special election on November 5 to fill the vacant SD-57 seat. The candidates are Republican Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello and Democrat Austin Morgan.

The Salamanca Press has brief position 2A statements from both of them:

“… Asked about the SAFE Act, Borrello said he supports outright repeal. “It is a horrible government overreach. Every single Democrat voted for it. I stood up for gun rights.” Morgan said that a Republican-controlled Senate passed the SAFE Act. Majority Leader John Flanagan, who supported Borello to the tune of $63,000, voted for the SAFE Act. There are some provisions that should be revised, he added …”

Both candidates are correct, but points go to Morgan for correctly pointing out Flanagan and the Senate Republicans are the ones who allowed the bill to be voted on.

Borrello does not have anything gun related on his campaign website.  Morgan’s has this:

Gun Rights – Fixing and cleaning up the SAFE Act, cutting red tape, protecting rights of home-defenders and hunters alike, common sense safety.

Whenever you see the words “common sense” in connection to any discussion on 2A it means more gun control.

So what do we have?

Partisan B.S. from Borrello and a strong indication Morgan will go along with whatever antigun legislation comes up for a vote.

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New liability bill coming soon

23 October 2019 - 5:41pm

Senator Gaughran will be introducing some sort of liability bill. Staff is supposed to tell me when it is available.

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Newsbits

22 October 2019 - 6:43am

Tuesday’s Newsbits:

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Senator Carlucci announces his run for Congress

21 October 2019 - 5:57pm

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Niagara Co. opposes gun raffle prohibition

20 October 2019 - 9:51am

The Niagara County Legislature passed a resolution IL-068-19 expressing their opposition to state legislation A-1413 and S-6738 prohibiting gun raffles at the last meeting of the county board on October 15th.

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Attorney files lawsuit against “Red Flag” law

20 October 2019 - 6:37am

WENY News

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Bullseye campaign targets

19 October 2019 - 5:14pm

Interesting campaign “literature” being given out by Linda Blom Johnson’s campaign in the JD-3:

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Newsbits

19 October 2019 - 7:11am

Saturday’s Newsbits:

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Primary for Gianaris

17 October 2019 - 10:54am

The City reports:

State Sen. Michael Gianaris’ vocal opposition to scuttling Amazon’s New York headquarters has put a target on his back: He faces a likely primary challenge for the first time since being elected to the State Senate in 2010. Justin Potter, a newcomer to politics and to the Democratic Party, has registered a campaign committee and says he’s exploring a run to dislodge Gianaris, who has held the seat since 2011 …”

I have no idea what Potter’s position on the issues are, but it doesn’t matter. Democrats outnumber Republicans in SD-12 by better than 7 to 1. The only way to knock Gianaris is in a primary where turnout is very low. 2A advocates should support Potter in order to stick it to Gianaris.

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