At 10:30 am today Assembly Codes Committee Chair Jeffrey Dinowitz will take testimony to examine gun control proposals aimed at further reducing firearm-related accidents and violence, as well as curbing the proliferation of illegal guns in New York, Hearing Room C, Legislative Office Building, Albany.
The posted agenda calls for input on any new gun control schemes the legislature has not yet addressed as well as questioning why the ammunition database that was supposed to be created under the SAFE Act is not up and running.
Nothing good will come of this.
Chuck Schumer has given his endorsement for an open Queens City Council seat:
“Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announces his endorsement of Felicia Singh, Democratic Nominee for City Council in District 32. Singh’s race is widely considered to be one of the most consequential races in NYC, with District 32 being the last remaining Republican-held city council seat in Queens. Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans 3-1 in the district, yet constituents have been represented by a Republican for the last 12 years. Councilmember Ulrich, who is term-limited, holds one of the three remaining Republican-held seats in City Council … Singh has a Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate and Courage To Change distinction and has received endorsements from a coalition of community, grassroots and labor organizations …”
The Republican in the race is Steve Sirgiovanni. I do not see any position statement from him on 2A issues. Outgoing Councilman Ulrich was not a supporter of 2A. It doesn’t matter. Go out and vote for Steve to give the middle finger to Chuck.
“… Members of the City Council say they will be sending a letter to the governor asking for two major changes to our state’s gun laws as well. The first change the councilmembers are asking for is to allow judges to decide whether to place a person in custody or let them out on bail if they are caught with a firearm. The second change would be to change the process that releases individuals who are arrested for gun violence …”
These are the same “progressive” morons who demanded “bail reform.” Now, they want to reform bail reform.
No bills on these yet, obviously. The state legislature returns to Albany in January.
Legislator Ruth Walter has drafted a proposed local law requiring all gun dealers in Westchester County to post signage intended to warn customers of the dangers ownership of a gun poses near the point of sale.
The purpose of the bill is, “To better inform potential buyers of firearms in Westchester County of the dangers of owning a gun in the home, which can lead to accidental discharge, preventable suicide, unintended death of a child, other household members, or death during a domestic dispute.”
As I have harped on for years, the only realistic way to impact urban Democrats is during the primaries. One of biggest antis in Albany, Brian Kavanagh, will be in a primary against self-declared socialist Alana Sivin:
“Alana Sivin, a socialist lawyer and advocate for criminal justice reform, is planning to challenge Democratic state Sen. Brian Kavanagh for reelection in 2022 – a year that could once again see many New York City incumbents in the state Legislature facing opponents from the left … Sivin argued that Kavanagh doesn’t do enough to fight for marginalized people, pointing to his 2020 vote to roll back bail reform … Sivin also said that Kavanagh doesn’t support legislation to increase taxes on the wealthy …”
A cursory investigation reveals no gun-related statements from Sivin. I am not expecting anything 2A positive to come from her or her campaign either.
That being said gun activists need to be involved in the primary, even if it is just to give a middle finger to the incumbent for screwing them over. Sitting by and doing nothing is a proven failed political strategy.