Gun sales surge locally amid protests and politics

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NRA wants to re-incorporate in Texas

NRA announced their intention to dissolve the current New York incorporation and re-incorporate in Texas. As part of this move they are filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

“… Today, the NRA announced a restructuring plan that positions us for the long-term … The plan can be summed up quite simply: We are DUMPING New York, and we are pursuing plans to reincorporate the NRA in Texas. To facilitate the strategic plan and restructuring, the NRA and one of its subsidiaries have filed voluntary chapter 11 petitions … chapter 11 proceedings are often utilized by businesses, nonprofits and organizations of all kinds to streamline legal and financial affairs. Under the plan, the NRA will continue what we’ve always done … No major changes are expected to the NRA’s operations or workforce …”

I’m sure there is more to the bankruptcy filing than just this and as time goes on it will become apparent.

Tish James offered her response:

“The NRA’s claimed financial status has finally met its moral status: bankrupt. While we review this filing, we will not allow the NRA to use this or any other tactic to evade accountability and my office’s oversight.”

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Friday’s Newsbits:

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Politics:

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Always follow the money

Everytown/Mike Bloomberg has renewed Ostroff Associates lobbying contract for New York State @ $10,000 per month.

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IR 1001-2021

County Legislator Rudy Sunderman introduced IR 1001-2021, Conducting a study to determine the feasibility of an environmental hazard mitigation plan for lead waste after County-owned recreational shooting ranges close. The bill resides in the Environment, Parks & Agriculture Committee.

On an unrelated note, Sunderman has some interesting ongoing legal problems:

“… Sunderman was indicted on perjury charges in July 2019 for allegedly telling the Suffolk County Board of Ethics falsely that he no longer worked for the Centereach Fire District. Suffolk County legislators are not permitted to hold two paying public jobs at once. Sunderman, who joined the legislature in 2018, created a shell company in his wife’s name so he could continue receiving income from the fire district, prosecutors said … Sunderman’s attorney, Ray Perini, said Saturday that a misdemeanor charge for getting two public paychecks was dismissed because Sunderman did not get a paycheck directly from the fire district … Perini said he has filed a motion to dismiss all charges against Sunderman, which include felony perjury charges. Perini said Sunderman got an ethics lawyer opinion before creating the corporation that said it would not violate the law and testified before the ethics board that he was “making less money” while doing the same work …”

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Gun control in the ’21 State of the State

From Gov. Cuomo’s State of the State:

“… “Under the leadership of Governor Cuomo, New York has long led the nation’s fight against domestic violence and with the tragic increase in this heinous acts spurred on by the pandemic, we are doubling-down on those efforts,” said Melissa DeRosa, Secretary to the Governor and Chair of the New York State Council on Women and Girls. “This disgusting behavior must end and to do that, we are fighting to ensure abusers can no longer exploit loopholes to obtain guns and are the ones forced pay for the results of their devastation … Currently, in order to disqualify individuals found guilty of serious misdemeanors from obtaining a New York gun license, they must be found to have committed the crime against someone with whom they were in a domestic relationship after a separate hearing. Many disqualifying domestic violence misdemeanors are not “labeled” as such because the process to label state-disqualifying DV misdemeanors is cumbersome. While New York took a step towards closing this loophole in 2020 by ensuring that court clerks report these disqualifying convictions in a timely manner, some convicted of serious misdemeanors may still be able to purchase a gun if this multi-step process is not followed. As a result, some convicted of serious misdemeanors have still been allowed to purchase a gun. Governor Cuomo proposes the creation of a domestic violence misdemeanor label to close the domestic violence gun-purchasing loophole. …”

I expect a bill to be introduced on that soon.

As I predicted, the new Westchester D.A. is going to be pointman on gun control:


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Orange Co. slow in processing pistol licenses

From OCShooters: The Orange Co. Sheriff’s Department only processed 908 pistol permit applications and turned them over to the Pistol License department in 2020, the lowest number since 2008. Their promise to increase the processing to 16 a day in the last few months of the year never happened.

2020 – 908
2019 – 1,197
2018 – 1,134
2017 – 2,077
2016 – 2,053
2015 – 1,169
2014 – 1,601
2013 – 1,735
2012 – 1,346
2011 – 993
2010 – 1,170
2009 – 1,000
2008 – 700

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Monday’s Newsbits:

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Mandatory firearms storage bill reintroduced

The “Children’s Weapon Accident Prevention Act” has been reintroduced for the current session in the Assembly as A-1180. This is one of the program bills the antis have pushed for years.

No Senate companion yet.

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Start of session

The 2021-22 legislative session in Albany has begun. Normally this starts with the Governor giving his State of the State Address, but because the state has a deep fiscal hole Cuomo has put it off until Monday the 11th with the hope for a bailout from the feds.

I have seen no indication that Cuomo will include a call for more gun control in the SoS. That does not mean, however, the legislature will not send him more legislation to sign. At a minimum, I expect multiple “ghost guns” crap bills to pass including S-13, S-14 and maybe A-483.  Do not expect any noticeable opposition from either NRA & company or the GOP caucuses on this issue.

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