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NYSRPA - 12 December 2018 - 1:46pm

The 2019 New York State Legislative Session Calendar

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Senate Committee Chairs

NYSRPA - 11 December 2018 - 9:40am

Incoming State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins has announced committee chair assignments for the upcoming legislative session:

— Legislative Gazette (@AlbanyLG) December 11, 2018

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What we can expect from the Senate Republicans

NYSRPA - 4 December 2018 - 5:48pm

This article in the Press-Republican gives a good idea how the new minority Republicans in the State Senate are going to behave:

“… [Betty Little] said she is braced for the possibility that Democrats will try to enact stronger gun control laws with initiatives that would likely be seen as burdensome by hunting enthusiasts and other gun owners in her district. “They ought to have more of a focus on (enforcement connected to) people gaining guns illegally,” the senator said, contending that measures that burden lawful gun owners have no public safety value. “The gun laws in New York state are among the strictest in the entire country. They (gun control proponents) really ought to be advocating elsewhere.” …”

True.  Now, how exactly are you going to stand up for 2A rights?

“… While some of her GOP colleagues say they will be vociferous in exposing what they see as flaws in Democratic legislation, Little said she is “not the boat-rocking type” and will likely take a more moderate approach to working out differences over the agenda as it emerges …”

Little is fucking useless.

This is exactly why the Republicans lost.  They do not challenge the basic premise of the Democrat agenda.  She has learned nothing from the last election, nor from those in years past.  The more Republicans act like Democrats the less Republicans get elected.

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NYSRPA - 4 December 2018 - 1:16pm

According to the Washington Post:

“Nearly four dozen incoming House Democrats told their future leaders Monday that they should prioritize action on health care, immigration, gun control and other topics over investigations into the Trump administration. The message was delivered in a letter that 46 freshmen sent to the entire Democratic leadership team … “While we have a duty to exercise oversight over the Executive Branch … we must prioritize action on topics such as the cost of healthcare and prescription drugs, our crumbling infrastructure, immigration, gun safety, the environment, and criminal justice reform,” the freshmen wrote …”

There are two main reasons I don’t think gun control is going to be that hot a topic in Congress.

First, gun control is now and always has been a stinker for Democrats.  This past election did not change that.

Second, and more importantly, I believe the urge to engage in all sorts of stupid shit is going to override the rational thought process and ability to pursue an achievable agenda.  The party still has not gotten over Hillary’s ’16 loss and the failure to takeover the Senate now is driving their activist base nuts and that is not helpful for elected Democrats.

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New Senate leadership and agenda

NYSRPA - 27 November 2018 - 11:37am

Andrea Stewart-Cousins has been elected as the new Senate Majority Leader for the 2019-20 session.

Her agenda:

“… Stewart-Cousins said among the top priorities for the Senate Democrats will be enacting the Reproductive Health Act, which would codify the abortion rights in the U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade into New York law, strengthening gun control laws and instituting early voting in New York …”

It is reasonable to assume that the gun control agenda will include the laundry list of items the Assembly approved in years past including Gov. Cuomo’s ‘red flag’ proposal, mandatory storage, strict dealer liability, heavy triggers and microstamping.

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Proposal requiring gun owners open up social media and online searches

NYSRPA - 21 November 2018 - 7:36am

Current bill was introduced as S-9191, but it will have to be reintroduced with a new number in January at the start of the 2019-20 session.

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Erie County to drop 23 SAFE Act charges

NYSRPA - 20 November 2018 - 7:23am

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Have not learned a thing

NYSRPA - 17 November 2018 - 1:03pm

If there was any doubt as to whether or not the Republicans learned anything from the last election, the answer is No, they haven’t.

NEWS: John Flanagan has been re-elected as #nysenate GOP leader over Cathy Young.

It was a 14-9 vote, per @JamesTedisco

— Jimmy Vielkind (@JimmyVielkind) November 16, 2018

The list of nine GOP senators who backed Catharine Young's #nysenate leadership challenge to John Flanagan are:

Amedore, Tedisco, Robach, Ortt, Funke, O’Mara, Helming, Serino and Young

— David Lombardo (@poozer87) November 16, 2018

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Promises, promises

NYSRPA - 16 November 2018 - 10:23am

The Washington Post reports:

“Newly ascendant Democrats are promising congressional action on gun control amid a rash of mass shootings … Pelosi vowed to push for a range of actions to stem gun violence, including restrictions on high-capacity magazines and a measure allowing temporary removal of guns from people deemed an imminent risk to themselves or others …”

I doubt that.  I expect a bunch of noise with little action.

Pelosi knows even if the House passes something the Senate won’t take it up.  The gun control agenda has been waning for years because the fringe advocates have never been able to deliver a political payoff to electeds who promote the agenda.  That has not changed.

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Another shakedown

NYSRPA - 16 November 2018 - 9:56am

There have been some attempts, most recently with Ruger, to impose backdoor gun control regulations through company shareholders of both firearms manufacturers and sporting good retailers like Walmart.

That tactic is getting traction with antigun politicians:

“As part of an effort to address gun safety issues and reduce investment risk, a coalition of institutional and private investors with combined assets of more than $4.83 trillion has created a framework for engaging with companies that manufacture, distribute, sell, or regulate products within the civilian firearms industry …”

What sort of investors?

“… Signatories include CalSTRS, the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds, Florida State Board of Administration, Maine Public Employees Retirement System, Maryland State Retirement and Pension System, TIAA’s Nuveen, OIP Investment Trust, Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund, Rockefeller Asset Management, San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System, State Street Global Advisors, and Wespath Investment Management. …”

State pension funds and companies which manage them and are beholden to (antigun) politicians.

“… [Christopher Ailman, chief investment officer at the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS)] insists that working to help reduce gun violence is part of their business. “This is part of the holistic picture of being an asset owner. It’s absolutely within our fiduciary duty to engage and try to bring about change,” said Ailman …”

No, your fiduciary duty is to provide maximum return to investors with minimum risk.

What exactly do they want?

At the heart of the framework are five main principles to guide institutional investors’ approach to affecting change within the firearms industry:

Principle 1: Manufacturers should support, advance, and integrate the development of technology designed to make civilian firearms safer, more secure, and easier to trace.

They mean things like microstamping and “smart guns” neither of which work.

Principle 2: Manufacturers should adopt and follow responsible business practices that establish and enforce responsible dealer standards, and promote training and education programs for owners designed around firearms safety.

NSSF and NRA already do this, but I guarantee that isn’t what these guys are looking for.

Principle 3: Civilian firearms distributors, dealers, and retailers should establish, promote, and follow best practices to ensure that no firearm is sold without a completed background check in order to prevent sales to persons prohibited from buying firearms or those too dangerous to possess firearms.

Universal background checks and gun owner databases.

Principle 4: Civilian firearms distributors, dealers, and retailers should educate and train their employees to better recognize and effectively monitor irregularities at the point of sale, to record all firearm sales, to audit firearms inventory on a regular basis, and to proactively assist law enforcement.

Hold dealers responsible for 3rd party misuse, strict liability.

Principle 5: Participants in the civilian firearms industry should work collaboratively, communicate, and engage with the signatories of these principles to design, adopt, and disclose measures and metrics demonstrating both best practices and their commitment to promoting these principles.

Basically show they have adopted the current gun control agenda.

“… Ailman emphasized that the group of investors isn’t looking to be an antagonist to the companies involved in the firearms supply chain, but to work with them to improve their product, similar to the way safety advocates in the 1980s successfully lobbied for nationwide seatbelt laws …”

Baloney.  This is what nearly bankrupted Smith & Wesson and antigun advocates know it.

Essentially these largely unaccountable pension funds want to throw their fiduciary responsibility out the window and devalue their investments by forcing companies to engage in practices that hurt their business.  There are some “socially conscience” firms which engage in this sort of behavior, but individuals can choose whether or not to put money in them.  Government pension funds by and large do not give retirees that option.  This is the perfect example of why public pensions should be converted over to private Roth IRA accounts which individuals manage themselves.

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Leadership vote Friday

NYSRPA - 15 November 2018 - 10:45am

State of Politics reports that soon-to-be-former Majority Leader John Flanagan has called for a GOP leadership vote tomorrow.

I’ll keep it simple:

No to Flanagan and No to Cathy Young, in that order.

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