Election update

Democrats will have at least 40 seats in the State Senate as the counting and legal wrangling continues.

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Newsbits

Tuesday’s Newsbits:

Elections:

Guns:

Jurisprudence:

NRA:

Politics:

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Kevin Thomas retains Senate seat

Election update: Senator Kevin Thomas (D-6) has declared victory after absentee vote count.

Senate GOP at +4 for the moment.

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Republican regret

Mike Bloomberg spent in the neighborhood of $1.2 Billion dollars of his own money this past election cycle and got very little to show for it.

Forbes puts his current net worth at $54.9 Billion so it’s nothing for him.

New York Republicans are probably feeling some regret, though. Had they held off a bit, they probably could have gotten a lot more money out of him instead of selling themselves on the cheap.

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Not this guy again

And so it begins:

“As Joseph R. Biden Jr. begins his presidential transition, here are some of the names that have emerged for top jobs in his administration … VIVEK MURTHY One of Mr. Biden’s top advisers on the coronavirus, Dr. Murthy is a former surgeon general and an outspoken advocate of more stringent gun control …”

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Newsbits

Tuesday’s Newsbits:

Elections:

Firearms Industry:

Politics:

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Everytown lobbying on BB guns

Everytown has been lobbying on BB/pellet guns in Albany. Something is brewing on that.

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Suffolk Co. range bills on agenda

Two bills of interest are on the agenda for the Suffolk County Legislature’s Environment, Parks & Agriculture Committee meeting on Monday, November 9 @ 10:00am:

  • Res 1652-2020, Requiring legislative approval for future contracts involving recreational shooting ranges on County property.
  • Res 1801-2020, Requiring an environmental hazard mitigation plan to address lead waste upon closure of County-owned recreational shooting ranges for 90-days or longer.

The meeting is open to the public and will be held at the William H. Rogers Legislature Building, 725 Veterans Memorial Highway in Hauppauge. Comments may be sent via e-mail to clerk.legislature@suffolkcountyny.gov or brief voice messages left by calling 631-853-3685.

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A-1054B amended

A-1054B, Requires the creation and imposition of restrictive commercial practices and stringent recordkeeping and reporting to prevent gun and ammunition sales to criminals, has been amended and resubmitted to Economic Development.

I do not believe the legislature will return to Albany this year. I expect this bill will be pre-filed for the 2021-22 session soon with a new bill number.

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New lawsuit filed challenging the Sullivan Act

The Second Amendment Foundation and Firearms Policy Coalition have filed the first post-ACB confirmation lawsuit challenging the Sullivan Act.

According to the press release:

“… The lawsuit challenges the inability of ordinary law-abiding citizens to obtain licenses to carry handguns in New York City. While honest citizens have a fundamental right to bear arms for self-protection, the complaint explains, the New York Police Department requires applicants to provide a “proper cause,” which amounts to demonstrating a special or heightened need. As arbitrarily enforced, this requirement prevents average citizens from obtaining a carry permit, which violates their fundamental right to bear arms outside the home … “Like the lawsuit against New Jersey’s carry ban we filed earlier this week, we are suing New York City over their unconstitutional ban that prevents typical, law-abiding people from carry loaded, operable handguns on their person in public places,” explained attorney Adam Kraut, FPC’s Director of Legal Strategy …”

The case is titled Greco v. City of New York.

According to an associate of mine the case is assigned to Judge Lewis Liman, who builds on family traditions. His father was Arthur Liman, the chief counsel to the Democrat-led Senate during the Iran-Contra investigations and hearings. Notwithstanding being a Trump appointee, his pedigree and political history including donations are all solidly Democrat.  We should assume plaintiffs are trying to build their case for the Supreme Court since they should expect to make nothing but bad law at best until then.

Here are links to Justia and PacerMonitor for this case.

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