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Ortt elected Minority Leader

Senator Robert Ortt was elected Republican Minority Leader replacing outgoing drunk John Flanagan.

He has been supportive of gun rights in the past.  Whether he will be effective in his new leadership role is the question.  Nick Langworthy is a joke and if Will Barclay were any more low energy he’d be declared legally dead.  Further, I expect Democrats will have a supermajority in both chambers after the November elections.

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RES 1334-2020 introduced

RES 1334-2020 was introduced to City Council.

It calls for Congress to fund the Cure Violence program, makes references to Gov. Cuomo’s “States for Gun Safety” coalition, and includes payoffs to so-called “violence interrupters.”

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Primary voting recommendations

There are limited opportunities for 2A advocates to impact races in New York. Decades of gerrymandering districts along with the power of incumbency make it very difficult to influence the outcome of elections, especially for Democrats.

These are the races where I believe 2A advocates have a chance to play an important role. Voter turnout in the primaries is always low, especially in the City. Knocking out an antigun incumbent is more likely in these districts where a number of factors come into play including having a well-funded opponent, party disapproval and/or voter displeasure makes them vulnerable. Whether or not the challenger is pro-gun is irrelevant.  Incumbents who voted for the SAFE Act, “Red Flag”, etc. must know they will pay a price for supporting gun control at election time.

On June 23, Vote Early and Often.

Assembly District 34
Vote AGAINST incumbent Michael DenDekker

Assembly District 50
Vote AGAINST incumbent Joseph Lentol

Assembly District 51
Vote AGAINST incumbent Felix Ortiz

Assembly District 108
Vote AGAINST incumbent John McDonald

Assembly District 138
Vote AGAINST incumbent Harry Bronson

Senate District 12
Vote AGAINST incumbent Michael Gianaris

Senate District 38 – Open Seat
Vote AGAINST candidate Elijah Reichlin-Melnick

Congressional District 16
Vote AGAINST incumbent Congressman Eliot Engel

Congressional District 17

Go down the list in order:

Albany County District Attorney
Vote AGAINST incumbent David Soares

Westchester County District Attorney
Vote AGAINST challenger Mimi Rocah

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Pissing off the right people

A local Democrat functionary pisses off meathead Mom. The Yonker’s Times reports:

“A Facebook post last week by Yonkers small businessman and democratic political leader John Khader drew a harsh response from local gun safety —organizations including Mom’s Demand Action … On June 2, John Khader posted a photo of a gun with bullets, and commented “unconfirmed reports of protestors/rioters in my hood ready for anything … Barry Graubart, a member of Mom’s Demand Action in New York, responded to Khader’s post, writing, “I was appalled to see this post on Facebook and Instagram today, threatening protesters with violence with what appears to be a short-barreled pistol-grip pump-action shotgun. These weapons are often referred to colloquially as a “zombie killer” … “

That’s hilarious.

“… The photo was posted under the account “Johnny Limo”, which belongs to John Khader, MPAC founder and owner of Top Class Limo in Yonkers. Gun violence may be a joke to John Khader, but to many of us in Westchester, it’s a reality that has taken too many lives. And in the current environment, with people protesting for racial justice, with increasing domestic violence, gun violence is no laughing matter,” said Graubart …”

Barry Graubart is a laughing matter. Moms is a phony far-left gun control front group created by Mike Bloomberg.

“… John Khader said, “My post was in no way intended to promote violence. I overacted when I heard that there might be looting going close to my neighborhood. But I did it to protect myself and my family.” Catherine Schowalter, a member of Mom’s Demand Action in Westchester, said that, “It was the wrong thing to post. The 2nd Amendment gives the right to have a licensed gun in your house, but it shouldn’t be used as a threat to others.” Romano is running in a Democratic Primary for Yonkers City Court Judge …”

Wrong. The appropriate way to deal with the threat of violent rioters is with the threat of even more violence.  The hugs-for-thugs mentality is why part of Seattle is now governed by a warlord.

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Justice Alito’s Second Amendment

Jake Charles writes at the Duke Center for Firearms Law regarding Justice Alito’s position in the NYSRPA v. City of New York case:

“… That brings us to NYSRPA—a civil lawsuit challenging New York City’s since repealed restrictions on firearm transport. There, Justice Alito devoted most of his attention to the mootness question. But he also went on to decide—as “not a close question”—that the restriction violated the Second Amendment. The transport law impacted “the same core Second Amendment right, the right to keep a handgun in the home for self-defense” as in Heller because it did not permit the necessary concomitants of that right. And “[o]nce it is recognized that the right at issue is a concomitant of the same right recognized in Heller, it became incumbent on the City to justify the restrictions its rule imposes.” (By recognizing the need for a justification after first finding the right burdened, Justice Alito might be seen as implicitly endorsing the two-part framework used by all the courts of appeals, and thus implicitly rejecting a categorical historical approach.) He went on to say that “[i]f history is not sufficient to show that the New York City ordinance is unconstitutional, any doubt is dispelled by the weakness of the City’s showing that its travel restriction significantly promoted public safety.” He found no evidence to justify the restrictions. He concluded: “We are told that the mode of review in this case is representative of the way Heller has been treated in the lower courts. If that is true, there is cause for concern.” …”

Read the full article here.

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Tompkins rifle hunting bill passes

The Tompkins county big game rifle hunting bill A-8666A/S-8522 passed the legislature and heads to the Governor for signing.

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Mike LiPetri For Congress

Assemblyman Mike LiPetri is one of the better candidates running on Long Island.  He is looking to succeed Peter King in Congressional District 2.

His position on 2A:

“… I am a strong supporter of working men and women and our fundamental liberties as Americans including the 2nd Amendment. My opponent voted for legislation that strips gun owners of the right to bear arms without due process. I voted against this and am proud of my “A” rating and endorsement from the NRA. Law-abiding Americans have every right to defend their homes, businesses, and families and I will always fight to defend these freedoms …”

His GOP primary opponent is Assemblyman Andrew Garbarino. I believe the bill LiPetri referring to is the “Red Flag” seizure bill A-2689/S-2451 which Garbarino voted for.

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