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Gun Legislation & Politics in New York
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Text book example of a political stunt

19 February 2018 - 7:56am

Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer, who is running for the open SD-37 seat in April’s special election, organized a protest outside Westchester GOP HQ in an attempt to intimidate the opposition.

I would have gone out there with a plate full of sno balls to hand out to all the snowflakes.

Republicans need to recognize fake astroturf stunts like this and counter-attack when confronted by them. The surest way to do that is make it clear you do not take the protestors or their issue seriously and laugh at them. Nothing upsets antigunners and “progressives” than being laughed at.

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Didn’t learn from Bloomberg

18 February 2018 - 8:03pm

The Hill reports:

“… In an email to half a dozen Republican leaders on Saturday, Florida-based real estate developer Al Hoffman Jr. decried the rash of mass shootings that has roiled the U.S. for years, and demanded that GOP politicians take action. “I will not write another check unless they all support a ban on assault weapons,” Hoffman wrote in the email, according to the Times. “Enough is enough!” …”

So what?  He raised money for the loser presidential campaigns of John McCain, Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush.  It’s not like he’s been very helpful to the Party.

Plus, Mayor Bloomberg has been trying this tactic for years.  He’s thrown tens of millions of dollars around and what has it got him?  Not much.  Money is great, but gun control has been proven to be such a turn off at the ballot box that it cannot make up for the number of lost votes that come from pushing it.  Hoffman is basically demanding the Republicans lose seats to push an unpopular agenda.

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Cuomo did something

16 February 2018 - 11:21am

Governor Cuomo trying to score cheap political points after the Florida school shooting:

Cuomo is upset because Senator Gillibrand has more presidential buzz around her than he does.

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I am the 7%

15 February 2018 - 11:42am

At this point it is readily apparent that Senator John DeFrancisco is going to get the GOP gubernatorial nod this fall.  He is the only one getting endorsements from the political machine.

Not everyone thinks this is a good idea:

“A prominent Republican consultant is urging GOP leaders to hold off from endorsing state Senate Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco for governor. O’Brien Murray sent an email Tuesday to county GOP leaders saying DeFrancisco’s record in the Senate could torpedo any chance the party has of beating Gov. Cuomo in November … “Gov. Cuomo’s campaign will attack John DeFrancisco for double dipping and they will point out that Sen. DeFrancisco voted for the Cuomo budgets,” Murray wrote. “You can’t fix Albany when you are part of the problem, and voters (will) see this too.” …”

Fair enough.  So where does DeFrancisco stand with the voters?

“… Cuomo is likely helped by the fact that a whopping 93% of New Yorkers say they don’t know the names of the Republicans who are seeking the nomination to challenge the two-term incumbent Democrat in November …”

Good news for DeFrancisco then.  He doesn’t have to worry about his voting record because nobody knows who the hell he is.

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Senate Democrats announce gun control bills

7 February 2018 - 10:08am

The stupid, it burns:

“… Sen. Kevin Parker, D-Brooklyn, said incidents of gun violence in Brooklyn are a daily occurrence, “and something that is not getting better over time.” “This conference supports the Second Amendment,” he said. “We understand that there is a long tradition of hunting and shooting … but we certainly understand the morale obligation that we have as a Democratic conference to address the needs of safety.” …”

The fact that “gun violence” is a daily occurrence in Brooklyn in spite of Governor Cuomo’s so-called SAFE Act would be an indication to a normal, rational person that such policies do not work.

Of course, Parker will never admit that any more than he would acknowledge the irony of him talking about violence.

Here is the list of bills they are pushing:

  • S-3355, Enacts the “Children’s Weapon Accident Prevention Act”. Companion A-1990.
  • S-4363, Creates the “New York State Firearms Violence Research Institute.” Companion A-2977.
  • S-5808A, Enacts the “Effective Background Check Act of 2018.” Companion A-9068.
  • S-5829, Establishes certain crimes relating to the criminal possession or manufacture of an undetectable firearm, rifle, or shotgun. Companion A-914.
  • S-5922, Provides for compensation for injury or death caused by the negligent entrustment of a firearm. No Assembly companion.
  • S-6902, Relates to defining and prohibiting an accessory to accelerate the firing rate of a semiautomatic weapon. Companion A-8913.
  • S-7133, Establishes extreme risk protection orders as a court-issued order of protection prohibiting a person from purchasing, possessing or attempting to purchase or possess a firearm, rifle or shotgun. Companion A-8976B.
  • S-7605, Relates to access to foreign state records concerning previous or present mental illness of applicants for firearms license. No Assembly companion.
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Cattaraugus Resolution 86-2018

6 February 2018 - 6:24pm

The Cattaraugus County Legislature will be taking up a resolution 86-2018 at tomorrows legislative meetings in support of bills A-9614/S-7583 which extend the deadline for pistol license recertification until next year.

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Update on Westchester gun show ban bill

6 February 2018 - 1:30pm

The Westchester bill to ban gun shows on county property passed on a party line vote with all Democrats voting for and all Republicans against.

Given the popularity of the show it is possible the promoters could find a private venue to hold them again.


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ECGOP Candidate Debate

5 February 2018 - 9:43am

The Erie County Republican Committee will host a debate with the three declared gubernatorial candidates Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, Senate Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco and former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra this coming Saturday, Feburary 10 at 10:30am at the Daemen College Wick Student Center in Amherst.

For tickets call 716-856-8700 or email

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Introducing Chele Farley

4 February 2018 - 6:15pm

Republicans have chosen Chele Farley to run against Kirsten Gillibrand this fall. Here is her introductory video:

In one of her first media interviews Farley went on the attack:

“… “When she was in the House, she was known as ‘Annie Oakley,’” Chele Chiavacci Farley told John Catsimatidis on his AM 970 radio show Sunday. “And now in the Senate people laugh and they call her ‘Jane Fonda.’ That’s quite a change to the left.” Gillibrand, from Brunswick in Rensselaer County, once had an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association. But she has become an outspoken critic of the NRA and the need for stricter gun laws …”

I know nothing about Farley and she has zero name recognition.

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Opinion 17-166

2 February 2018 - 9:19am

As a follow-up to my previous post, the Watertown Daily Times reports, “St. Lawrence County lawmakers cite ethics issues with judges as pistol permit officer in resolution“:

St. Lawrence County lawmakers want the state to grant authority for counties to remove judges as pistol licensing officers. In a resolution passed during the county’s Finance Committee meeting Monday, legislators unanimously passed a resolution urging the county’s state representatives to pass legislation regarding pistol licensure to create uniformity statewide … The resolution states that the legislators have long been concerned with the manner in which the pistol licensing occurs in St. Lawrence County, specifically with respect to the addition of restrictions, and asks state lawmakers, among other things, to grant counties the ability to designate a pistol licensing officer other than a judge … Monday’s resolution came after the Dec. 7 opinion issued by the state Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics that states “a judge who serves as a firearm licensing officer must not initiate licensing revocation/suspension proceedings … nor conduct one without a prosecuting agency.” …”

There is state legislation designating county sheriff’s as the licensing agent A-6912/S-908, but SLC legislators are not specifically endorsing it.

Here are copies of the resolution and advisory committee opinion in PDF format:

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Cuomo doesn’t care

1 February 2018 - 1:37pm

The pistol license recertification deadline was yesterday and it’s obvious most people have not complied.

The Lockport Journal reports that Governor Cuomo doesn’t care:

“… Niagara County Clerk Joseph Jastrzemski and local legislators say they’re disappointed that Gov. Andrew Cuomo didn’t heed their calls to delay the deadline. “I’m very disappointed,” Jastrzemski said … “We called for the extension and the extension was not listened to, and the law remains as it is. And the governor is going to have to deal with the consequences from not extending it,” state Sen. Rob Ortt said in a statement Wednesday …”

Actually, license holders are the ones who have to deal with consequences, not Cuomo.  The Republicans can’t even put up a creditable challenger to him.

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SLC Lawmakers Want Sheriff To Issue Pistol Licenses

31 January 2018 - 7:44am

Bill numbers are A-6912 and S-908.

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Moss’ campaign kickoff

30 January 2018 - 8:58am

Sheriff Chris Moss, who ran for Lt. Governor along side Rob Astorino back in ’14, will hold his campaign kickoff for Chemung County Executive tomorrow at 5:00pm at the Holiday Inn Elmira-Riverview.  The public is welcome to attend.

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Marlin for Governor?

30 January 2018 - 8:21am

Some rumormongering: George Marlin, the former Executive Director of the Port Authority of NY & NJ, is considering running for Governor on the Conservative Party line only.

He blogs at and his op-eds have appeared in the NY Post, National Review and elsewhere.

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