Albany County adopts new gun control in the wake of Bruen decision:
“… On Monday, Legislators approved a resolution to establish the Detailed Instruction Supporting Community Violence Education and Reduction (DISCOVER) program. In partnership with the Sheriff’s Office, the program would focus on supporting firearm education and training for legal gun owners and reducing the number of illegal guns in local communities … The DISCOVER program would offer pistol training courses for County residents run by the Sheriff’s Office; an anonymous illegal firearm tip line for individuals to report information about illegally possessed guns and a potential $500 reward if the tip results in seizure of a firearm; gun buyback events that incentivize individuals to surrender firearms in exchange for cash; and free gun locking mechanisms and instructions regarding best practices in keeping and storing guns at various events throughout the county …”
This is just fluff, meant to mollify gun owners into thinking they’re not the target of these proposals.
You can already get firearms instruction through local clubs, NRA instructors and private businesses.
The tip-line probably won’t accomplish much.
NSSF gives out free gun locks.
So-called gun buybacks are a fraud.
“… In addition to the DISCOVER program, the Legislature also adopted a local law to ban the possession of deadly weapons and dangerous instruments in Albany County facilities by individuals other than those on official business authorized to carry a such weapons. Signs will be posted at County building warning individuals that possession of a firearm, rifle shotgun or other deadly weapon, dangerous instrument, explosive device and/or poisonous gas is prohibited. Individuals caught carrying such weapons could be charged with an unclassified misdemeanor and subject to a fine not to exceed $1,000 or imprisonment up to 90 days …”
This is the last thing they need to do. Gun Free Zones are a magnet for mass murderers.
Assemblywoman Pat Fahy is one of the worst antigunners in Albany. The Altamont Enterprise highlights her position and her opponent’s positions:
“… On guns, Fahy said, “The Supreme Court threw out our previous provisions on concealed weapons so we came back into session … the timing, on my view couldn’t have been worse,” she said of the decision, calling it a “slap in the face” to people still dealing with the massacres in Buffalo and Uvalde. Fahy said she “fully supported” the legislation now being challenged in federal court. “This is not the Wild West,” she said, adding that licensing guns is not a lot to ask. “You need a license to drive a car. You need a license to get married.” Being able to carry a concealed gun into a restaurant or a place of worship, “unless you are fully authorized to do so, is, again, going backwards, and it puts all of us at risk,” said Fahy. She noted part of New York’s law reacting to the Supreme Court overturning the state’s century-old law on concealed weapons, is that “a mental-health evaluation be done and that a search of your social media be done.” Fahy concluded, “We think these are reasonable requirements … If you are going to be carrying a weapon, we need to know a little bit about who you are.” …”
She’s horrible. Vote for her opponent.
“… [Alicia Purdy] noted the frequency of gun violence in Albany where she lives and said, “If I were at a library or a shopping store right near my house, or If I were walking on the street or were at a park with my kids, or if I were at church on Sunday and there were a shooter in there, the first thing I would want to do is grab my gun and shoot back. “And so I’m a big supporter of the 2nd Amendment, the right to have the government not infringe upon our God-given right to bear arms. And all you have to do is take a look at New York city. It’s like a shooting gallery down there. And one of the first things we on the Republican side point to in history is facist governments … The first step they take is to disarm their people.” Purdy concluded, “I live in the city of Albany. I’m not in Beautiful Guilderland or New Scotland, which are areas in the 109th Assembly District. I live in downtown Albany where per capita … which means proportionally, we are on a par with the city of Chicago per capita for our shootings and homicides …. “I really do firmly believe that one of the best ways to let people know that they’re not allowed to take my life from me is if I’m willing and ready to defend my life using any means necessary.” …”
Purdy missed the opportunity to point out that despite all of the existing gun control laws, much of which Fahy voted for, “gun violence” is out of control in her district. Nevertheless, she’d be an improvement over Fahy so support her campaign on November 8.