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Concealed Nation has an article, “What You Need To Know About The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act Of 2017.”

They have some issues with the bill:

“… Problem #1: A permit holder would only be able to carry in a state that, “has a statute that allows residents of the State to obtain licenses or permits to carry concealed firearms” OR “does not prohibit the carrying of concealed firearms by residents of the State for lawful purposes.” The problem with the above text is that it provides a strong incentive for restrictive states (like Maryland, New Jersey, Hawaii, New York & California) to prohibit concealed carry altogether …”

New York will never prohibit concealed carry.  The Sullivan Act was as much about graft as it was sticking it to the Italians.  Nobody wants to stop this gravy train.

“… Problem #2: “This [law] shall not be construed to supersede or limit the laws of any State that—(1) permit private persons or entities to prohibit or restrict the possession of concealed firearms on their property; or (2) prohibit or restrict the possession of firearms on any State or local government property, installation, building, base, or park.” What this means is that those middle-of-the-road states (like Oregon, Washington, Illinois and South Carolina) which likely won’t decide to eliminate concealed carry altogether, but also don’t necessarily want millions of visitors carrying guns in their state, will likely make it SUBSTANTIALLY more difficult to carry a gun in their state …”

New York’s licensing is already arbitrary while the NYPD just makes shit up.  This may be an issue elsewhere, but not locally.

Reciprocity bills have been around for over 20 years.  They don’t have to be perfect especially from a New York view to be a big plus for us because passing pretty much anything would open new legal and legislative avenues for us in the state.

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House passes reciprocity

The House passed CCW reciprocity yesterday.  The final vote was 231 to 198 in support.

The New York delegation voted as expected with the latest lame attempt at intimidating Lee Zeldin accomplishing nothing.

The vote was less than expected with the House Liberty Caucus opposing it based upon the “Fix NICS” amendment. I think NICS is a waste and should be scrapped, but I do not believe this amendment should be a deal-breaker.

Here is a press release from Elise Stefanik explaining her supportive vote.

Here is some PSH from Cy Vance expressing his (phony) outrage at the bill.

The Governor too was angry:

“The appalling House vote for concealed carry reciprocity puts all New Yorkers at risk. This legislation would let individuals from out-of-state convicted of certain crimes carry hidden, loaded weapons in New York, in violation of New York’s much better, safer law. Only the NRA could propose something so ill-considered, dangerous and vile.

“New York passed the strongest gun safety measures in the country, and instead of joining the fight against senseless gun violence, Washington is trying to make New York and the rest of the nation less safe.”

He’s pissed because he went all in on gun control thinking it was a political winner when, in fact, it turned into a real stinker for him.

New York Democrats went on the attack, but their aim was off:


New York Republicans never learn. You gain nothing by pandering to Democrats. They will attack you no matter how you vote.

Attacking Zeldin on reciprocity

The antigun group formerly known as Americans for Responsible Solutions, now just Giffords, is planning on a targeted advertising buy against several Republican Congressmen in advance of the vote on H.R.38:

“… The ads come ahead of this week’s expected House vote on Concealed Carry Reciprocity, which, if enacted, would be a massive opening of gun laws across the country, forcing all states to accept gun licenses issued in any state … Digital ads will also go out against … Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) … All of these are at the top of Democrats’ 2018 pick-up hopes …”

They’ve tried intimidating Zeldin on gun control before in public and failed miserably.  Given that he is co-sponsoring the bill this latest effort was doomed before it even started.

If the antis want to waste money on stuff like this more power to them.

Reciprocity bills advancing

H.R.38 has moved out of the Judiciary Committee.  It’s next stop would be the floor for a full House vote.

Here is some out-gassing by Jerrold Nadler about it:

Meanwhile, the Senate companion S.446 gained another co-sponsoring bringing the total to 39.

Proposed Philipstown gun storage ordinance

It’s been awhile since gun control reared it’s ugly head in Philipstown, but the issue is back with a proposed mandatory storage proposal:

There will be a discussion on the issue at the next Town Board meeting December 7 at 7:30pm.

NYC pastor encourages parishioners to carry guns

I’m not often surprised by gun news, but I was not expecting this:

“The Rev. Francis Colamaria, pastor of St. Helen RC Church in Howard Beach, said at an active shooter seminar at the house of worship Monday that he encourages those with the legal ability to carry firearms to bring their guns to the pews.  “If you have a license to carry, I would advise you to carry,” Colamaria said at the seminar, adding that the question has been posed to him by parishioners. “We live in a very treacherous world.” …”

Good for him.

Shiny, happy people

The House is advancing H.R.38 through the Judiciary Committee.

The antis are hysterical. A group of big city DAs and state AGs held an “emergency summit” in D.C. to try and derail it:

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance was there along with long time antigun RINO Rep. Pete King:


What a grim looking bunch. Hopefully that’s a good sign for us.

Debate over the NY SAFE ACT heating up again

Don’t wait with the pistol license recertification. I suspect most people are and it’s going to be a custerfuck come January.

States push for reciprocity

Guns.com reports that several states are urging passage of the reciprocity bill:

“A group of state attorneys general has signed on to a letter urging lawmakers to approve a measure that would allow universal recognition if concealed carry permits across the nation.  The letter, signed by the top legal advisors in Alabama, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana and South Carolina, supports the passage the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 …”

According to South Carolinal Attorney General Allan Wilson:

“… “States should not be able to deny citizens of other states the basic constitutional right to self-defense,” Attorney General Wilson said. “South Carolinians who have gone through the process of getting concealed weapon permits shouldn’t have to worry about whether they can protect themselves and their families when they travel in other states.” … “Passing this law would not expand who’s allowed to have a concealed weapon permit,” Attorney General Wilson said. “It just eliminates the confusion we have now over which states recognize which other states’ permits, and makes that constitutional right uniform across the country. The Framers were unwavering in their right to self-protection and steadfast in their support of the Second Amendment.” …”

Compare that statement to Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance’s latest op-ed against the bill:

“… The CCRA would override our state’s restrictive concealed-weapons permitting system and force New York to honor concealed-carry firearms privileges issued in other states, even though many other states have much looser standards … Passage of CCRA could unleash countless new concealed weapons on the streets of New York. That could mean more shootings, more victims and more tragedies in America’s safest big city … The CCRA is a gift to these terrorists. A person on a watch list could purchase multiple handguns at a gun show, take those guns into Manhattan and carry them, fully loaded, into Times Square. It wouldn’t be a crime until they started shooting …”

House bill H.R.38 picked up another co-sponsor before Thanksgiving bringing the total to 213. No new action on the Senate version S.446 since September.

Decline and fall

George Marlin has an excellent op-ed on the decline and fall of the Nassau County Republicans which makes for a good follow-up to Jack Martins’ welcome defeat on election day:

“… There was a time, however, when the Nassau GOP was the most respected and powerful political organization in the nation … But over time, the GOP machine began to rust.  Efficiently servicing the taxpayers took a backseat to rewarding political cronies with patronage and contracts … Meanwhile, the aging political machine’s influence at the polling booth continued to decline … The disastrous results on Election Day 2017 were the final nails in the coffin of the once mighty organization … Nassau Republicans are finished because their arrogance, incompetence and indifference to voter concerns has caught up with them …”

I would add the local Republicans sell-out first on Pataki’s 5-Point Plan then again on Cuomo’s SAFE Act played a big part in this collapse as well especially considering Martin’s campaigning loudly on his SAFE vote.

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