Gun violence awareness

At 10:00am today Senator Zellnor Myrie and Assemblywoman Monique Chandler-Waterman will hold a press conference and introduce “gun violence awareness resolutions” in the legislature, Million Dollar Staircase, third floor, state Capitol, Albany.

Malicious prosecution


“A man in Queens has been charged after he shot and killed another person who was allegedly trying to rob him, police reported … The 32-year-old was armed with a sharp object and attempted to rob a 65-year-old of money and cigarettes, authorities said. The 65-year-old, identified as Charles Foehner, pulled a sliver handgun and shot him as many as five times … He then called 911, stating he was in a shooting and the gun was in his jacket pocket. He voluntarily surrendered to responding officers. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene and a pen was discovered in his right hand. The 65-year-old was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm, according to a spokesperson for the Queens District Attorney’s Office.”

The shooting was obviously self-defense, but Foehner didn’t have a license for the handgun so they’re going after him for that.  This has happened before and there’s no justification for that.  This is how antigun electeds get around the Bruen decision. Expect much more garbage like this from City prosecutors.

The internet is not a good place to find legal advice, but one nugget I came across has always stuck with me and should be shared as it applies in this case: Don’t invite The Man into your life.

State of Denial

Spectrum News reports:

“Rochester, a city that Mayor Malik Evans says is grappling with a persistent surge in gun violence, finds itself teetering on the edge of a full year under a state of emergency. Mayor Evans recently extended the emergency order, granting himself and local authorities enhanced abilities and resources to tackle the city’s shootings. With incidents of gun violence continuing to plague the community, there is a need for action … Originally implemented on July 21, 2022, the state of emergency in Rochester has now been extended almost 10 times. The most recent extension pushed the emergency declaration to June 14 and came with an initial expiration date of May 15, 2023 …”

It’s clearly doing nothing, but Evans isn’t about to admit that. Nobody has called him on it so why stop?


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Grow a pair

Some entertainment in Assembly Codes:

“… According to a video of the Codes Committee meeting viewed by NY1, things got heated when Committee Chair Jeffrey Dinowitz called for a vote on Westchester Democrat Amy Paulin’s bill, which requires police officers to take temporary custody of firearms when responding to reports of domestic violence. This was not the first time the bill had come before the committee and failed to gather enough votes to pass. Dinowitz, a Bronx Democrat, was challenged on that point by Manhattan Democrat Daniel O’Donnell … O’Donnell went on to say that it was unfair to the 149 other members of the House who can’t get their bills reconsidered. A short time later, a vote was held and once again, it didn’t have enough support to pass. After the vote, O’Donnell proceeded to walk out of the hearing room. As he passed Queens Assemblymember Carlina Cruz, a Democrat who voted in favor of the bill, he audibly whispered to her: “Grow a pair, honey.” Cruz became visibly upset, and immediately responded: “That was so disrespectful.” A few seconds later, Cruz stood up and declared: “I have something. I don’t care who is in here. I am a woman of color. I am an attorney. And to be spoken to like that, by a man. By a white man. In front of people. It is not ok.” Dinowitz then said: “I didn’t hear what he said. I’m sorry. What did he say?” As Cruz gets up to leave, she turns to Dinowitz and says: “He told me to grow a pair.” NY1 reached out to O’Donnell and Cruz for comment, but did not immediately hear back …”


Legislative update

S-4879, Relates to fees charged for a license to carry or possess a pistol or revolver in the county of Westchester, has been Reported. Companion A-5092.

A-2413, Requires police officers to take temporary custody of firearms for not less than one hundred twenty hours when responding to reports of family violence, is on the Codes Committee agenda for Tuesday the 23rd @ 11:00am. Companion S-2102.

S-4818, Establishes a 10 day waiting period for the purchase of any firearm, has been ordered to 3rd Reading. Companion A-5696.

Westchester pistol fees bill on Senate agenda

S-4879, Provides that the legislative body of the county of Westchester shall fix the fee to be charged for a license to carry or possess a pistol or revolver and provide for the disposition of such fees, is on the Senate Codes agenda for Monday 5/22 @ 11:00am.

Companion A-5092.


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