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Burdick plans to run on “common-sense gun control”

NYSRPA - 4 hours 53 min ago

With incumbent David Buchwald running for Congress, Bedford town Supervisor Christopher Burdick announced his intention to run for Buchwald’s State Assembly seat.

The Bedford Patch reports:

“… On Wednesday, Bedford town Supervisor Christopher Burdick announced a run for the New York State Assembly. The 93rd District includes Bedford, Lewisboro, Mount Kisco, North Salem, Pound Ridge and parts of New Castle, North Castle, Harrison and White Plains … On his website, he listed essential issues on which the district’s residents need to be heard in Albany, including property taxes, state funding for critical water and sewer projects, the climate crisis, local school funding, common-sense gun control, affordable housing for local seniors, workers and young families, reproductive health rights and the opioid crisis …”

I don’t see his website and I cannot find any other statements by Burdick on the issue.

The district has about 41K registered Democrats to 23K Republicans so it’s Burdick’s race to lose.  No Republican opponent has announced yet.

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S-2422A amended

NYSRPA - 7 hours 6 min ago

Bill S-2422A has been amended and resubmitted to Consumer Protection. The bill pertains to reporting requires for gun manufactures.

From the Justification Statement:

Currently there are no federal rules or laws requiring that firearms manufacturers report how many firearms they make and sell. The lack of recorded data has left discrepancies in the accuracy of the statistics available. Many companies report weapons production in one year, and then disappear from the ATF data record as if they had ceased operations, only to reappear in later years. Having a statistical understanding with regards to how many firearms are lawfully produced and lawfully sold in the state of New York will result in an increased awareness of how many firearms are entering the state every year and how many are being distributed to licensed dealers and private sellers.

“Though New York has some of the strongest gun laws in the nation, those who can’t legally purchase guns in the state based on age or criminal background often turn to the black market … Nearly 70 percent of the 8,439 firearms recovered in New York in 2013 came from out of state, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Many of them were acquired legally in Southern states with looser gun laws and smuggled north through the I-95 corridor, known as the ‘iron pipeline.” (Albany Times Union, 7/14/15). This legislation will empower New York law enforcement to determine whether all of the firearms manufactured by a particular company are actually sold through legal channels. The danger posed to our citizens in the event that any number of such firearms are legally manufactured and not legally sold or distributed (and therefore adding to black market inventory) is painfully obvious.

Currently there is no companion in the Assembly.

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Yudelson to primary challenge Bronson

NYSRPA - 10 December 2019 - 12:06pm

The D&C reports that Assemblyman Harry Bronson is facing a Democrat primary challenger next year:

Alex Yudelson, the chief of staff for Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, is seeking the Assembly seat now held by fellow Democrat Harry Bronson. On Monday evening, Yudelson, 27, announced his campaign for the 138th Assembly district, which includes Henrietta, Chili, and portions of Rochester …”

His connection to the Mayor gives his campaign a degree of credibility.

What is position on 2A?

“… In the Obama administration, according to his news release, Yudelson worked with professional sports leagues and athletes to support Obama’s agenda; helped develop gun violence prevention and criminal justice initiatives; and worked on the Affordable Care Act and a campaign to prevent sexual assault on college campuses …”

Plus this:

Thanks to @RepJoeMorelle for holding a town hall meeting on gun violence at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in #ROC pic.twitter.com/NqFRriQkRK

— Alex Yudelson (@AlexYudelson) August 28, 2019

Clearly not supportive, but light on specifics.

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Farkas and Fine also hot on gun control

NYSRPA - 9 December 2019 - 12:06pm

David Buchwald isn’t the only CD-17 candidate who supports gun control as the River Journal reports:

“The field continues to widen for the soon-to-be open congressional seat in NY-17, a district encompassing Rockland County and parts of Westchester County. Dr. Evelyn Farkas, a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Barack Obama, and Allison Fine, the former chairwoman of the national board of National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) Pro Choice America Foundation, announced their campaigns in November. They are competing for the Democratic nomination in the election for the seat held by Rep. Nita Lowey, who recently announced she will retire next year … Fine said, “I am running for Congress because our country is broken in some fundamental ways … our children are hiding beneath their desks because of rampant gun violence …” … “My top priority in Congress is to defend our Democracy from foreign interference and from a President intent on undermining the rule of law and eroding our values, so that the next generation has the opportunity to succeed,” said Farkas. “ … We must enact common sense gun reforms and do better by our children …” …”

Farkas has this statement on her campaign website:

I believe defending our country means preventing domestic and international terrorism and preventing gun violence.

And offers up this on Twitter:

In war zones around the world, I saw what assault weapons can do in the hands of trained soldiers. They have no place in our homes and communities.

It’s time for new laws to prevent gun violence including a ban on assault weapons. #NY17 pic.twitter.com/tu0Qb7Gwc8

— Evelyn Farkas (@EvelynNFarkas) December 5, 2019

Fine does not currently have a 2A position statement on her campaign website, but did say this on Twitter:

The only way to stop domestic violence, is to understand domestic violence. We must increase funding for domestic violence services to ensure every survivor has a path to safety.

In Congress, I will fight for VAWA, tighter gun safety laws, and DV services funding.#DVAM2019

— Allison Fine (@Afine) November 27, 2019

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Buchwald keeps up the antigun endorsements

NYSRPA - 8 December 2019 - 3:47pm

David Buchwald keeps up with the gun control push in hopes of obtaining the Democrat endorsement for next year’s open CD-17 race:

“Assemblyman David Buchwald (D-White Plains) has been endorsed by Westchester County Clerk Tim Idoni, securing the first county-wide endorsement of the race in New York’s 17th Congressional District … “I am excited to endorse David Buchwald as he runs for Congress,” Idoni said in a statement. “Throughout his career, David has worked hard to build relationships across the community and has been a leader we could count on at the state level to fight to … pass laws to reduce gun violence … He’s the advocate we need in Congress.” … “I am proud to have County Clerk Idoni’s support,” Buchwald said … “… I am running for Congress to fight for an end to gun violence … and advocate for our Democratic values.” …”

Democrats outnumber Republicans 2 to 1 in the district.  Realistically the only way for gun owners to have an impact is in a Democrat primary with anyone but Buchwald being the preferred choice.

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It’s Nerf or Nothin’

NYSRPA - 8 December 2019 - 11:44am

Every year around this time a bunch of nanny-state busybodies try to suck the joy out of the holidays by releasing a list of toys they believe should not be sold to children.

This year is no exception:

“The Empire State Consumer Project has written a letter to the Hasbro board of directors, calling for them to remove assault-style toy weapons from their product line … The Nerf Ultra One and other nerf machine guns are the target of a letter from the Empire State Consumer Project. Director Carol Chittenden says the toys set a bad example for children. “It’s a matter of this being a very vulnerable consumer group. Children buy what they see and we’re not sure this is driven by market demand for assault weapon toys by children or the industry creating the demand,” said Carol Chittenden, director of the Empire State Consumer Project …”

The Nerf Ultra One looks kinda like a Pancor Jackhammer with a 25 round drum mag.  It’s fucking awesome.

“… Mary Lagana has seen the Hasbro commercial and agrees it is misleading. “It’s a little family sitting around looking at gifts and then grandma comes through and she has one of these big weapon kinds of things,” said Mary Lou Lagana, a Fairport resident … other shoppers think nerf guns like the nerf ultra one are too violent for children. “Actually kinda shocking to see that whole kinda round of bullets like on the gun itself. I would definitely not buy it wouldn’t recommend it. I think there are so many other toys and images that we could be introducing our kids to,” said Lisa Lagana, a Rochester resident. “There’s too much violence in our world, especially gun violence in the United States. So it’s not a good thing to set a precedent when your a kid of a gun like that,” said Debbie Cutter, a Canadaguia resident …”

I pity any small children who are related to these women.  They’re getting itchy socks for Christmas.

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No chance

NYSRPA - 8 December 2019 - 11:16am

At least four incumbent Republican State Senators have announced plans either not to run for re-election or run for a different office next year creating multiple open seats. They would not be doing this if they believed they had a shot at retaking the majority after the ’20 elections.

This is why gun owners must be involved with Democrat party politics. It’s either do that or be totally frozen out the legislative process in Albany.

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Attorneys in Gun Rights Supreme Court Case

NYSRPA - 7 December 2019 - 12:20pm

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Bloomberg announces his gun control agenda

NYSRPA - 5 December 2019 - 3:57pm

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Mom Mimi running for Westchester D.A.

NYSRPA - 4 December 2019 - 2:12pm

The Journal News reports:

MSNBC legal analyst Mimi Rocah will announce she’s running for Westchester County district attorney today, looking to unseat incumbent Anthony Scarpino in a 2020 Democratic Party primary. Rocah, a 49-year-old Scarsdale resident, said she decided to get involved because of the “hateful policies” and “attacks on the rule of law” by President Donald Trump and U.S. Attorney General William Barr … Rocah is also a Distinguished Criminal Justice Fellow at Pace Law School and volunteers with the gun-control activist group Moms Demand Action and My Sister’s Place, which assists victims of domestic violence and human trafficking …”

She gave a talk at Pace back in 2017 on gun control, “Gun Regulation in an Era of Mass Shootings” with a follow-up, “Let’s Keep the Conversation About Gun Control Going.”

Her Twitter feed features a picture of her in a Moms t-shirt and she is not shy about expressing her opinions on the issue:

Every elected official who does nothing to advance common sense gun laws should have to watch this over and over again. https://t.co/Ap0Dp0E44v

— Mimi Rocah (@Mimirocah1) November 9, 2018

With low turnout in the primary she has a realistic shot at unseating the incumbent next year.

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SCOTUS hearing

NYSRPA - 3 December 2019 - 11:25am

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday in the case of NYSRPA v. City of New York.

Here is the transcript.

This is what I believe the court will do:

On the question of mootness, I believe they will agree with plaintiffs that the case isn’t.  After all, if the case were dropped nothing would prevent the legislature from changing the law back to the way it was before.

On the case itself, I believe they will issue a narrow ruling rule in favor of the plaintiffs, either 5-4 or 5-3 if RBG takes a dirt nap, and it will come near the end of the session next June. It will be something along the lines of you can transport your legal firearms from point A to point B.

On the level of scrutiny, the decision will not address the issue, although Justices Thomas, Gorsuch and Alito may go to town on it in their written opinions.

As for both the clown council and state legislature they simply don’t care.  Albany politicians have made it clear they intend to move forward with even more gun control when the legislature returns to session next month.  If any law is struck down as unconstitutional they will simply rewrite it to do the same thing as before.

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SCOTUS could take gun legislation ‘off the table’

NYSRPA - 2 December 2019 - 5:20pm

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Newsbits

NYSRPA - 2 December 2019 - 7:25am
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Gun bills enacted without de Blasio’s signature

NYSRPA - 27 November 2019 - 7:21pm

INT 1548-2019, Amends the administrative code of the City of New York, in relation to reporting on the seizure of three-dimensional printed guns and ghost guns, or any piece or part thereof, and INT 1553-2019, Amends the administrative code of the City of New York, in relation to prohibiting unfinished frames or receivers, became law last week by default when Mayor de Blasio neither signed nor vetoed them.

I doubt he really cares much about gun control or any other issue he cannot exploit for personal political gain.

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A-8770 introduced

NYSRPA - 27 November 2019 - 11:10am

A companion has been introduced to Senator Gaughran’s liability bill S-6803.

A-8770 was introduced on Monday to Assembly Judiciary by Charles Lavine.

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Problems back home for Lentol

NYSRPA - 26 November 2019 - 1:42pm

Following up my previous post on Assemblyman Lentol having a primary opponent comes this announcement from his opponent:

BIG NEWS We're thrilled to announce that last night our campaign received the endorsement of @BKYoungDems!

BYD engages, educates, and empowers young people across the borough. We're so excited to win alongside them. Join us: https://t.co/x4qhlZjZLb pic.twitter.com/rPYIk1oI4i

— Emily for Assembly (@em4assembly) November 22, 2019

This is a sign Joe has problems back home.

As I originally stated, Gallagher’s position on 2A is irrelevant. The only way to remove a hostile Democrat in the City is in a party primary where turnout is low. 2A advocates should vote for her in the primary.

As Codes Chair Lentol has shepherded most of the gun control legislation through the Assembly. Kings County Politics reminds us why he needs to go:

“Assembly Member Joseph R. Lentol (D-Greenpoint, Williamsburg) yesterday reminded constituents that beginning today, Nov. 26, the state ban on the possession, manufacture, transport, shipment and sale of rapid-fire modifications like bump stocks and trigger cranks goes into effect (Ch. 130 of 2019). These devices turn firearms into military-style assault weapons and make it possible for shooters to slay numerous people in the blink of an eye. They have no place in New York. “This law is just one of many gun safety measures I helped pass this year. New York also created a ‘red flag’ extreme risk protection order, strengthened background checks, banned undetectable guns and required safe storage of firearms, rifles and shotguns (Ch. 19, 242, 129, 134 and 135 of 2019). Last year, we made the Domestic Violence Escalation Prevention Act law, prohibiting an individual who has been convicted of a domestic violence crime from purchasing or possessing a firearm (Ch. 60 of 2018),” said Lentol. “New Yorkers shouldn’t have to worry about losing their lives to gun violence while doing everyday things. The New York State Assembly has taken action to help prevent these tragedies, but there is still more to do. I’ll continue fighting to keep guns out of the wrong hands and protect New Yorkers from senseless acts of violence,” he added.”

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Bloomberg’s past support of Pete King backfires

NYSRPA - 26 November 2019 - 10:45am

Mother Jones writes:

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg officially entered the 2020 Democratic race Sunday with a potent asset: The vast trove of email addresses amassed by Moms Demand Action, the nonpartisan gun control advocacy organization hosted under the umbrella of Everytown for Gun Safety, which Bloomberg co-founded and largely finances. The leaders of Moms Demand Action state chapters and local groups received the news from Aimee Tavares, a senior national organizing director for the group, who sent an email roughly three and a half hours after news broke that Bloomberg would formally announce his candidacy. “Given his unique role in launching Everytown, his leadership in advancing the cause of gun safety, and the significant investments he’s made in helping to grow our movement, Mayor Bloomberg’s campaign is temporarily renting access to our list of supporters so they can communicate his plans for achieving our shared goal of a nation free from gun violence,” Tavares wrote …”

So, how has Duh Maya’s gun control advocacy gone over with the Democrat base?

Not very well:

“Michael Bloomberg’s past efforts to support gun control by endorsing Republicans are already backfiring on his presidential bid in Pennsylvania, highlighting how the party-switching former New York City mayor and multibillionaire media mogul could struggle to win over his new party’s partisans … The resistance to Bloomberg in Pennsylvania exemplifies the broader struggle the Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-Independent-turned-Democrat might face as he campaigns for his new party’s nomination. Bloomberg has a long history of backing and funding candidates in both parties, including supporting politicians whom the Democratic base views as out-and-out villains … In the 2018 election cycle, he backed Rep. Peter King, a Long Island Republican infamous in Democratic circles for his anti-Muslim views and record. King has supported some gun control measures, including his introduction of a 2011 bill … that would have barred people from bringing a gun within 1,000 feet of a government official. But King’s decades long career in Congress includes its fair share of votes against tougher gun rules, such as a 1999 effort to close a loophole exempting gun shows from background checks …”

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