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Gun Legislation & Politics in New York
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Simon follows Morelle’s lead

16 March 2019 - 7:57pm

In a follow-up to last month’s call by Joe Morelle for gun dealers to follow security standards, Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon introduced a new bill A-6661 which requires (at a minimum) all firearms to be locked in a display case, safe or vault except when being shown to a customer one gun at a time.

No Senate companion yet.

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Not a left-right issue

12 March 2019 - 6:52pm

I generally ignore stuff like this, but Jeff Knox‘s comment in this New York Times article is spot-on:

“… Last September, the National Rifle Association’s famously combative spokeswoman, Dana Loesch, provoked widespread outrage when she took to the gun group’s streaming service to mock ethnic diversity on the popular children’s program “Thomas & Friends,” portraying the show’s talking trains in Ku Klux Klan hoods. Now, growing unease over the site’s inflammatory rhetoric, and whether it has strayed too far from the N.R.A.’s core gun-rights mission, has put its future in doubt … Ms. Loesch has emerged as NRATV’s most visible host, deriding gun-control advocates as “tragedy-dry-humping whores” and vowing to combat the left with what she called the “clenched fist of truth” … Grant Stinchfield, a host, claimed that “all radicalized terrorists are Muslims,” overlooking mass shooters like Dylann Roof, who killed nine black churchgoers in Charleston, S.C., in 2015. Such far-ranging commentary has raised questions among some N.R.A. members about the scope of the organization’s messaging. “The N.R.A. shouldn’t be putting this out,” said Jeff Knox, an N.R.A. member who runs the Firearms Coalition, a smaller advocacy organization. “It’s not gun rights; it’s red meat for the hard right.” … “Why are we getting so involved in left-right politics instead of sticking close to our issue, the Second Amendment?” the younger Mr. Knox asked….”

Jeff is correct.

One of the best things NRA did was hiring Cam Edwards to host NRA News.  He presents a positive face of the organization to the public.  Loesch and Stinchfield do the exact opposite.  They are an embarrassment.  I am a big supporter of confrontational politics, but that is not synonymous with being an asshole.

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From the 3rd Circuit Court

12 March 2019 - 6:23pm

The majority of the judges on the Third Circuit are now GOP appointees. #winning

— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) March 12, 2019

This could be good news for gun rights if any more New Jersey gun laws are challenged on 2A grounds.

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Lock N Load radio

11 March 2019 - 4:39pm

I was a guest on Bill Frady’s Lock N Load podcast Episode 29 and discussed passage of the recent gun control bills.

His radio broadcast airs on WYSL in Rochester.

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Ortt v. Krueger on mandatory storage

5 March 2019 - 12:36pm

Robert Orrt debating Liz Krueger on S-2450A.


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Legislative update

4 March 2019 - 6:17pm

The State Assembly passed the mandatory firearms storage bill A-2686A with a vote of 85-43. The State Senate passed companion S-2450A with a vote of 37-22. It now heads to Governor Cuomo for his signature.

The State Senate also passed “imitation weapons” bill S-35. There is no Assembly companion.

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Putting themselves on a list

2 March 2019 - 10:00am

Congress passed H.R.8 this past weekHouse Republicans managed to get a poison pill inserted into the bill requiring notification of I.C.E. if an illegal immigrant tries to buy a gun.

This upset Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:

House Democrats exploded in recriminations Thursday over moderates bucking the party, with liberal Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez threatening to put those voting with Republicans “on a list” for a primary challenge … But Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), the unquestioned media superstar of the freshman class, upped the ante, admonishing the moderates and indicating she would help liberal activists unseat them in the 2020 election. Corbin Trent, a spokesman for Ocasio-Cortez, said she told her colleagues that Democrats who side with Republicans “are putting themselves on a list.” “She said that when activists ask her why she had to vote for a gun safety bill that also further empowers an agency that forcibly injects kids with psychotropic drugs, they’re going to want a list of names and she’s going to give it to them,” Trent said, referring to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement …”

I doubted the Senate would take up the bill before and with this amendment I believe the issue is dead for the session.  Democrats are more concerned with supporting illegals than with pleasing antigun activists.

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It could be any day

2 March 2019 - 8:23am

We’re virtually certain to get stuck with a mandatory storage law.

The set up:

From the sponsor:

“Gun owners in New York with children in their homes could soon face a misdemeanor charge if they don’t comply with the state’s safe storage requirements … Initially, the proposal imposed the requirement on all gun owners, but that language was struck from the bill on Thursday due to concerns from legislators, according to Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, a Westchester County Democrat who has sponsored the legislation for more than a decade. The amended language adds a violation with a maximum fine of $250 if a child, who doesn’t live at a residence, is “likely to gain access” to a gun … In light of the changes, Paulin anticipates the legislation is ready to pass both houses of the Legislature. “It could be any day,” she said …”

This crap has been around since the late 90s at least. It has been amended so many times it’s on like version 25. Everyone knows the idea is a stinker.

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28 February 2019 - 1:13pm

Mandatory storage bill A-2686A/S-2450 has been amended on 3rd Reading and could be voted on at any time.

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Niagara legislators say “red flag” law violates 2A

28 February 2019 - 8:42am

Here is text of the resolution IL-006-19.

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Higgins encourages Congressional action

27 February 2019 - 11:32am

Rep. Brian Higgins on the House floor yesterday calling for action on pending gun control bills.


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Williams wins PA race

27 February 2019 - 11:18am

Jumaane Williams won the race for NYC Public Advocate.

The office has little actual power, but it gives Williams a soapbox to push his extreme left agenda including gun control.  I expect he’s going to waste little time before doing that.

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Cuomo signs extreme risk bill

25 February 2019 - 3:30pm

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Voter guide for Public Advocate

24 February 2019 - 11:20am

The special election for NYC Public Advocate will be this Tuesday.

Gotham Gazette has a list of the nearly two dozen candidates running in the non-partisan election.  Because of the number of candidates one could win with a small plurality of votes.  The office itself is vaguely defined and has little actual power, but can be used as a soapbox and springboard for higher office as Letitia James did.  For this reason gun owners should make the best voting decision with the materials given.

Going down the list, vote AGAINST these candidates in order:

Victory shall be defined as Jumaane Williams losing.  He’s easily the worst of the bunch on 2A.

The rest of the candidates do not have public positions on guns that I’m aware of.

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