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Gun Legislation & Politics in New York
Updated: 5 min 57 sec ago

DFS memo on doing business with NRA

5 hours 32 min ago

Last week Governor Cuomo announced he was encouraging banks to review their relationship with the NRA and firearms industry:

“… The governor directed New York’s Department of Financial Services to urge state-chartered banks and the more than 1,400 insurers it regulates to review whether their ties to the NRA and similar groups sends the “wrong message” to clients and communities. “This is not just a matter of reputation, it is a matter of public safety,” Cuomo said in a statement …”

Here is a PDF copy of the memorandum.

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32

7 hours 40 min ago

With wins in yesterday’s special elections, Democrats now have a numeric 32 seat majority in the State Senate.

Bonus:  Republicans even lost a Long Island Assembly seat they’ve held for 40 years.

The only thing keeping the Republicans alive is that Governor Cuomo and enough members of his own party do not want the Democrats in charge of the upper house.  No matter what baloney is said public about party unity their actions say otherwise.

If the Democrats seriously want full control of the legislature look for these things to happen:

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The Set Up

24 April 2018 - 3:58pm

Governor Cuomo does not want the Democrat clown caucus in charge of the State Senate.

With the Republicans on track to lose today’s special election, Democrats should have the numeric majority of 32 seats by tomorrow and Cuomo does not want to put up with their stupidity in an election year.

Let’s look at the facts.

From City & State, “Felder: Cuomo hasn’t talked to me about reuniting the Senate since 2017“:

State Sen. Simcha Felder says he’s still waiting for a call from Gov. Andrew Cuomo … The governor has not spoken to Felder on the topic of rejoining the Democrats since well before the IDC announced it was dissolving and folding back into the Democratic party, Felder said. Furthermore, he said, no one gave him any advance notice about the IDC’s plans to reunite, either. “The governor has not. We have not had a conversation recently,” Felder told City & State …”

Next is this:

INBOX from @NYSenatorFelder he will stay with the Republicans in @NYSenate pic.twitter.com/hf1EwWCb7j

— Frank G. Runyeon (@frankrunyeon) April 24, 2018


I know more on this is coming in the next day or two.

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It comes down to math

19 April 2018 - 4:20pm

One of the most important subjects in school is math.

You would think that teachers would have a basic understanding of arithmetic:

“The American Federation of Teachers has threatened to pull its business from Wells Fargo unless it severs ties with the National Rifle Association and gun manufacturers, but so far the bank is resisting. “We’re issuing Wells Fargo an ultimatum,” said AFT President Randi Weingarten said in a Saturday statement. “They can have a mortgage market that includes America’s teachers, or they can continue to do business with the NRA and gun manufacturers. They can’t do both.” …”

Weingarten flunked basic algebra:

“… Wells Fargo’s financial relationship with gun makers and the National Rifle Association has cost the bank its mortgage business with a major U.S. union. The American Federation of Teachers on Thursday notified the San Francisco-based financial giant that it is dropping the bank as a recommended mortgage lender for the national education union’s 1.7 million members …”

NRA has ~5.5 million voluntary dues paying members compared with AFT’s involuntary 1.7 million members and 5.5 is more than 1.7.

Cue Nelson Muntz.

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Intimidation

18 April 2018 - 11:12am

Gun control advocates have long tried to intimidate gun owners especially NRA members.

Here are a couple of recent examples of the more egregious behavior.

First, as a follow up to the FNRA protest in Rockland:

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“Gov. Cuomo’s administration is urging banks and insurance companies in New York to reconsider any ties they have to the gun industry … the state’s top financial services regulator warns banks and insurers of the “reputational risk” they incur by doing business with the National Rifle Association and the gun industry. The letter from Department of Financial Services Superintendent Maria Vullo does not threaten to impose any penalties on institutions that maintain ties with the gun industry, but notes the public outcry that followed the recent shooting rampage at a high school in Parkland, Fla. …”

Takes big balls for the Governor to do this considering New York’s reputation as the national leader in government corruption including Cuomo’s personal cronies.

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Astroturf protesters outside FNRA fundraiser

16 April 2018 - 7:23am

Proof they’re astroturf. The first guy they interviewed is from the Rockland Democrat Committee holding a professionally made sign.

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Spending resources wisely

14 April 2018 - 12:07pm

Being effective in politics means spending resources, time, effort and money, wisely.

This does not tick off any of those boxes:

“… Second Amendment supporters will host their own rally in Albany this coming Saturday April 14 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Empire State Plaza. The event is part of the nationwide “Americans for America: National 2nd Amendment Rights Rally,” said Garry Hoffman, director of law enforcement relations at Gun Owners of America: New York, a pro-Second Amendment organization …”

This is doomed to failure from the get-go.  I know this because the legislature is not in session on the weekends and none of them are going to see it.  Out of sight, out of mind.

What rally organizers fail to grasp is that all the legislators care about is themselves and anyone who can help or hurt them at election time.  Does holding a rally outside empty office buildings help or hinder someone’s election plans?  No.

Instead of wasting effort on this nonsense, here is an alternative: Hold a fundraiser for a pro-gun candidate and charge the price of a box or two of ammo as admission.

For example, Claudia Tenney has been outspoken in her support of 2A in Congress and she is in a tough re-election campaign against Anthony Brindisi who has been endorsed by the Giffords gun control group.  Helping her out with a shoot or BBQ would go a lot farther in support of 2A than holding up signs on a stick outside the CAP/LOB that nobody is going to see.

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Quack doctors advocate for gun control

14 April 2018 - 7:47am

Link to WHEC.

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Give Nick a call

10 April 2018 - 8:47am

If Republican Julie Killian thinks that advocating for more gun control is going to win her votes in the April 24 special election I suggest she give former Senator Nick Spano a call to see how well that worked out for him. Even after doing exactly what they wanted, NYAGV directors donated his opponent.

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Identifying the rat

2 April 2018 - 9:47am

Last month I warned about a possible Republican sell out on gun control.

With the passage of A-10272/S-8121 I knew someone caved.  It’s not hard to make an educated guess as to who and why, but I wanted something more concrete.

Buried in a State of Politics post is this nugget which identifies the rat:

“… The measure’s approval, which came with the aid of Democratic votes in the Senate, was a victory for Sen. Elaine Phillips, a Republican who represents suburban Nassau County and a swing district that Democrats have long hoped to flip …”

I’ll make a (not so) bold prediction: Philips gets neither an endorsement nor campaign contribution from gun control groups because of her vote and, assuming she has a Democrat opponent this fall, they will hammer her on the issue anyway.

 

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Guns and the State Budget

1 April 2018 - 9:40am

Turns out the Governor was not that serious about new gun control in budget negotiations:

“… What didn’t have bipartisan support and didn’t end up in the budget were any new gun policies. “We weren’t able to ban bump stocks. We weren’t able to broaden our background checks. We weren’t able to do the extreme risk protection order,” said state Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins. Though it wasn’t part of the budget, Gov. Andrew Cuomo did announce the passage of a new law preventing anyone convicted of domestic abuse from owning a firearm of any type …”

Bills in question are A-8976B/S-7133A and A-8717/S-6918.

Because some people cannot admit they are wrong, here is a reminder from the Empire Center that the SAFE Act cannot be defunded in the budget.

What did pass separately is A-10272/S-8121. Per WHAM news:

“… The legislation was passed to close a loophole in state law in order to ensure domestic abusers are required to surrender all firearms, not just handguns. The legislation prohibits anyone with an outstanding warrant, a felony, or other serious offenses from receiving or renewing a firearm license … the legislation bolsters the list of “serious” crimes, which, upon conviction, require the loss of a gun license and the surrender of all firearms …”

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