Signs, Signs, Everywhere are Signs

When doing research on Dan Garodnick, who is considering running against de Blasio in a primary, I missed this gem he introduced to the Clown Council:

Int 1175-2016 – A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to placement of signs on all bridges and tunnels entering the City warning of the penalty for possessing a firearm.

§ 19-901 Signs regarding firearm possession. The commissioner of transportation shall post signs at each exit leading into the city, of each bridge and tunnel having only one terminus in the city, stating that the possession of any firearm by a person not licensed by the city to possess that firearm is a criminal offense that is punishable by imprisonment, as per articles 70.15 and 265 of the penal law.

I have a better idea and I know just where to put it:

 

Garodnick considering challenging de Blasio

According to the Post, Councilman Dan Garodnick is considering challenging Mayor de Blasio in a Democrat primary:

“Manhattan Councilman Dan Garodnick is talking with former political leaders, Democratic consultants, and donors about whether they would back his candidacy for mayor, political sources said … Sources close to the pol, whose term ends next January, said he is “50-50” about challenging the mayor in September’s primary …”

Garodnick has sponsored the following bills and resolutions during his time on the City Council:

  • Int 0240-2006 – Penalties associated with the sale of toy guns.
  • Int 0362-2006 – A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the City of New York, in relation to a gun offender registry.
  • Int 0365-2006 – Banning firearms, rifles, or shotguns that are colored so as to appear to be toy guns.
  • Res 0821-2011 – Close the background check loophole at gun shows by establishing a background check procedure for all firearms sold at gun shows. (H.R.591/S.35)
  • Res 1171-2011 – Supporting S.1973, the Gun Trafficking Prevention Act of 2012.

This records makes him slightly better than Tony Avella.  So the new order of preference for candidates in a Democrat primary is:

  • Anyone not Bill de Blasio.
  • Anyone not Tony Avella.
  • Anyone not Dan Garodnick.

Office to Prevent Gun Violence

Int 1470-2017 has been introduced to the City Council by Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo.  The bill would authorize the Mayor to create an Office to Prevent Gun Violence.

According to the bill, the function of the office director would be:

  1. advise and assist the mayor in planning, developing and coordinating efforts to reduce gun violence;
  2. engage with members of the community, elected officials, and other interested groups and individuals to develop further strategies to reduce gun violence;
  3. review the budget requests of all agencies for programs related to gun violence, recommend budget priorities among such programs, and assist the mayor in prioritizing such requests

The real function of the office director would be:

  1. to allow the Mayor to put one or more of his otherwise unemployable cronies on the City payroll;
  2. acting as a defacto lobbyist for gun control organizations;
  3. reviewing the budget requests of all agencies and recommending budget priorities which funnel monies to politically connected associates of both the Mayor and City Councilmembers;
  4. self-aggrandizement and positioning the director to run for elected office and repeat the cycle all over again

The bill current sits in the Governmental Operations Committee.

Legislative Reports Updated

Legislative Report #8 and New York City Legislative Report #12 are now online.

The state legislature is scheduled to go into recess on June 20.

NYC Legislative Report #11

New York City Legislative Report #11 is now online.

Legislative Reports updated

Legislative Report #13 and NYC Legislative Report #9 are now online.  The state legislature is back for regular weekly sessions starting Monday the 9th.

Vallone misfiring

Peter Vallone is clearly worried about reciprocity:

“The City Council’s Public Safety Committee, and then the full council, are set to vote today to denounce a bill just passed by the US House of Representatives that would force every state to honor gun-carry permits issued by other states.  The House is indeed off-base here — but New York City still needs to get its act together …”

He got that last part right.  NYC and NYS need to get their act together.  All the Clown Council’s actions are going to do is demonstrate how out of touch from reality they are.  It will not have any effect in Congress.

“… Meredith Graves has become the poster child for the House bill …”

Yes.

“…  Imagine an upstanding citizen who’s gone through the background check etc. to get a carry permit in another state and is flying with the gun safely checked in his luggage — until the plane is forced to land at JFK because of mechanical problems, obliging the traveler to spend the night here. He asks where to check his weapon and is immediately arrested … That’s not a nightmare, it’s the existing law in New York state.  Reform is needed, now …”

What about the upstanding local citizen who can pass any background check, but gets thumbs down from the NYPD because he isn’t politically connected?  Why should they be treated any differently than tourists?  Vallone doesn’t strike me as stupid.  He must know where this is going.

“… Don’t get me wrong: I’ve written and helped pass many strict gun-control laws to prevent the flow of illegal weapons into New York, and prevent their possession here …”

And they have failed miserably in preventing violent thugs from getting whatever they want.

“… But legal guns, with permits granted here or elsewhere, are not the ones being used to commit crimes, and they aren’t the problem our strict gun laws were enacted to combat …”

Really?  Is he going to back that statement up by calling for abolishing the Sullivan Act?

“… What Albany needs to do (and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has indicated a willingness to consider) is to carve out a very narrowly tailored exception in the law to cover people who have gone through background checks and have carry permits from other states who don’t intentionally violate our gun laws.  But Albany must not use this valid need for reform to completely gut our tough laws, as lawmakers did with the Rockefeller Drug laws …”

No, he’s not.

“… Yet we still need to fix our gun laws, both for the sake of fairness and to head off that bill in Washington.  While our carry laws are too strict (only a few thousand people in New York City have carry permits), New York should set its own standards … with cases like Meredith Graves’, we’re giving the rest of the country ammunition to force passage of the House bill.  If that happens, we’ll have truly shot ourselves in the foot.”

At least he’s honest enough to admit his real intentions, blocking H.R. 822.

They just don’t matter

In an attempt to seem relevant, Manhattan D.A. Cyrus Vance spoke before the Clown Council yesterday to denounce H.R. 822.  Not surprisingly, all Councilmembers in attendance agreed with him, except for Dan Halloran who did a respectable job defending the RKBA.

Here is a WNYC  news report on the hearing:

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From a political standpoint, I don’t see this grandstanding on the part of Vance, the Clown Council or Mayor Bloomberg as having any effect in derailing H.R. 822.

Dan Halloran

It won’t help one bit

Councilwoman Inez Dickens has pre-filed a resolution in support of Sen. Gillibrand’s bill S-1973, the so-called “Gun Trafficking Prevention Act”, which I believe would make private firearms transfers illegal.  The text of S-1973 is not available yet.

Dickens’ resolution isn’t going to help get S-1973 passed.  It’s just the Clown Council making noise. It is on the Public Safety Committee’s agenda for the 19th.

Clown Council weighs in on H.R. 822

Three members of the Clown Council: Gale Brewer, Deborah Rose and Margaret Chin have introduced a non-binding resolution RES 1122-2011 opposing H.R. 822.  It doesn’t do anything except express their opposition.  I don’t see anyone in the Senate taking it seriously.

It has been added to the updated NYC Legislative Report #8.

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