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Gun Legislation & Politics in New York
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A-7362

3 May 2019 - 12:02pm

A new bill was introduced last week in the legislature, A-7362.

From the memorandum:

“The SAFE Act was passed in the dead of night, under a “message of necessity” in order to reduce the ability for the public to review and comment on the bill. Responsible gun owners were completely excluded from the discussion.

As a result of the political makeup of the state, legislation is often adopted without input from those on both sides of the issue. Gun control is an especially divisive issue, with those who reside in cities having little exposure to the hunting and shooting traditions that are so important to many New Yorkers. This bill seeks to make sure that all perspectives are heard when proposals to restrict Second Amendment rights are considered.

This legislation would require that after introduction and a minimum of 30 days prior to voting on any bill related to gun control, the Senate and Assembly shall hold at least five public hearings throughout the state.”

A few thoughts on this idea:

First, the fact some legislators feel it necessary to introduce a bill telling the legislature to allow public comment on proposed legislation shows just how dysfunctional our state government has become.

Second, the Republicans (it’s a GOP bill) still don’t have either the brains or the balls to bring up the topic of having and carrying guns for legitimate self-defense.  I don’t care about the upstate Fudds in their deer stand.  I want to legally carry a gun in New York City for self-defense.

Third, if the bill’s sponsors think this is going to help them pacify irate constituents back home they are mistaken.  All this does is highlight how weak and ineffective the Republican caucus is in Albany.

There is no companion bill in the upper chamber.

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Cuomo talks about state investigation of NRA

30 April 2019 - 3:43pm

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Cuomo: NRA’s goal is to sell more guns

30 April 2019 - 2:49pm

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NRA meeting aftermath

30 April 2019 - 1:50pm

The NRA’s Annual Meeting is over.

Ollie North is out as President. Carolyn Meadows was voted by the Board to take over.

Wayne LaPierre and key executives appear to have survived (for now). The “No Confidence” resolution against him looks to be buried in committee.

Some thoughts:

  • NRA looks to have real problems with cronyism and corruption at the executive level that cannot be swept under the rug.
  • The vast majority of the Board are useless and should resign.  They either knew or should have known about these problems and made an effort to correct them.
  • Nothing the Board did this weekend is going to help the NRA with respect to Tish James’ investigation.
  • Carolyn Meadows is unfit to be President.  She is way to old and her performance at the Member’s Meeting shows it.  No way she will actually be the one in charge.
  • Trump standing up for the NRA should be a message all candidates, especially Republicans, that being pro-gun is mainstream and beneficial to their campaigns.
  • If serious reform does not happen the membership will revolt.  Not like the 70s as that was ideological.  This would be broad-based centering around having competent executives running the NRA as a business and having independent Directors free of interest conflicts.
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Trump and Cuomo on NRA’s problems

29 April 2019 - 2:05pm

The NRA is under siege by Cuomo and the New York State A.G., who are illegally using the State’s legal apparatus to take down and destroy this very important organization, & others. It must get its act together quickly, stop the internal fighting, & get back to GREATNESS – FAST!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 29, 2019


In responding to Pres. Trump's criticism of NY efforts against the NRA, Gov Cuomo today says: '"The scourge of gun violence is a national crisis plaguing our country and killing our children. It demands action. And action, Mr. President, requires true leadership.'

— Michael Gormley (@GormleyAlbany) April 29, 2019


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New York Attorney General investigates NRA

27 April 2019 - 3:40pm

The NRA Annual Meeting is underway.

It was announced at the start of the member’s meeting that Oliver North resigned.  I watched the broadcast and the membership is upset over accusations of impropriety.

The behavior of current and former NRA Directors in trying to shut down debate was disgraceful.

Now it has come out that New York Attorney General Letitia James has opened up an investigation of the Association’s tax status.  Nothing good will come of that.

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A-7355, imitation weapons bill

26 April 2019 - 2:23pm

“Imitation weapons” bill S-35, which passed the Senate back in March, now has a companion in the Assembly, A-7355.

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