Senator Gaughran’s new liability bill has been introduced as S-6803 to Rules.
According to the text:
“… ANY ACTION IN WHICH THE WRONGFUL ACT INVOLVES THE INTENTIONAL AND PRE-MEDITATED USE OF A DEADLY WEAPON AS DEFINED IN SUBDIVISION TWELVE OF SECTION 10.00 OF THE PENAL LAW, FAIR COMPENSATION FOR THE FOLLOWING DAMAGES MAY ALSO BE RECOVERED …”
What does this mean?
According to the Senator’s remarks to the Daily News:
“… Gaughran believes the expansion of the statute, allowing family members to sue the person responsible for the death, is a fundamental change lawmakers can make to help families suffering in the wake of the unthinkable … Efforts to expand the law so that families can sue gun manufacturers or sellers are ongoing, said Mike Murphy, a spokesman for the Senate Democrats … “It’s an idea that’s been seriously discussed and next session we hope to have a path forward,” Murphy said …”
There will be a special election on November 5 to fill the vacant SD-57 seat. The candidates are Republican Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello and Democrat Austin Morgan.
The Salamanca Press has brief position 2A statements from both of them:
“… Asked about the SAFE Act, Borrello said he supports outright repeal. “It is a horrible government overreach. Every single Democrat voted for it. I stood up for gun rights.” Morgan said that a Republican-controlled Senate passed the SAFE Act. Majority Leader John Flanagan, who supported Borello to the tune of $63,000, voted for the SAFE Act. There are some provisions that should be revised, he added …”
Both candidates are correct, but points go to Morgan for correctly pointing out Flanagan and the Senate Republicans are the ones who allowed the bill to be voted on.
Borrello does not have anything gun related on his campaign website. Morgan’s has this:
Gun Rights – Fixing and cleaning up the SAFE Act, cutting red tape, protecting rights of home-defenders and hunters alike, common sense safety.
Whenever you see the words “common sense” in connection to any discussion on 2A it means more gun control.
So what do we have?
Partisan B.S. from Borrello and a strong indication Morgan will go along with whatever antigun legislation comes up for a vote.
Senator Gaughran will be introducing some sort of liability bill. Staff is supposed to tell me when it is available.
The Niagara County Legislature passed a resolution IL-068-19 expressing their opposition to state legislation A-1413 and S-6738 prohibiting gun raffles at the last meeting of the county board on October 15th.
Interesting campaign “literature” being given out by Linda Blom Johnson’s campaign in the JD-3:
The City reports:
“State Sen. Michael Gianaris’ vocal opposition to scuttling Amazon’s New York headquarters has put a target on his back: He faces a likely primary challenge for the first time since being elected to the State Senate in 2010. Justin Potter, a newcomer to politics and to the Democratic Party, has registered a campaign committee and says he’s exploring a run to dislodge Gianaris, who has held the seat since 2011 …”
I have no idea what Potter’s position on the issues are, but it doesn’t matter. Democrats outnumber Republicans in SD-12 by better than 7 to 1. The only way to knock Gianaris is in a primary where turnout is very low. 2A advocates should support Potter in order to stick it to Gianaris.