Coronavirus closures causing ammo shortages

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Ortt asks Cuomo to keep gun stores open

Senator Robert Ortt sent the following letter to the Governor:

Covid Gun Letter by Nick Reisman on Scribd

No chance Cuomo will follow through on this.

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Possible “Big Ugly” coming soon

A “Big Ugly” could be coming out of Albany soon:

I assume this would include at least some new gun control legislation, like the “ghost guns” crap. It depends how far along they are with the bills, if they’re on their final revision or not. They cannot be part of the actual budget, but would be standalone bills the legislature agrees to take up.

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Newsbits

Wednesday’s Newsbits:

Armed Citizen:

NRA:

Politics:

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Start by cutting funding to gun control advocates

According to the Post:

Mayor Bill de Blasio warned Monday night that all city agencies will be seeing funding cuts on anything unrelated to battling the coronavirus pandemic as the city struggles with mounting bills and falling tax revenues. “Every agency will be asked to help,” de Blasio told reporters during a City Hall press conference. “We have to make these cuts in light of an ever-worsening budget situation” …”

de Blasio should start by cutting the $55,000 allocated to the New Yorkers Against Gun Violence Education Fund by the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice for FY 2020. This was almost double the $30,000 given in FY 2018 and FY 2019.

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Newsbits

Saturday’s Newsbits:

Elections:

Politics:

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Local gun store seeing surge in customers

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Newsbits

Newsbits:

The legislature is scheduled to return to session today.

Elections:

Legislation:

Politics:

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Otsego Co. Sheriff unable to process license applications

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Stand Your Ground legislation introduced

“Stand Your Ground” legislation has been introduced to the Senate as S-7915.

From The Justification statement:

“The Second Amendment is designed for protective use by the people of the United States of America. Currently, New York statute states that the only place where the duty of retreating is removed is their own dwelling. This bill seeks to expand the places where lawful firearm owners can protect themselves and others.”

This isn’t exactly correct.  New York has a strong affirmative defense clause which basically protects individuals using force in self-defense anywhere.  Unlike other states where SYG was passed it hasn’t been an issue in New York because of this.

The bill was drafted by the newly formed New York State Firearms Association which is looking to establish itself in the state.

There’s nothing wrong with the bill itself.  The problems are institutional:

  • It’s a Republican-only bill, meaning it’s DOA.  Republicans won’t push for it and Democrats won’t go near it.
  • It’s an “upstate” bill, meaning it’s DOA without any buy in from “downstate” where the vast majority of residents live.
  • Antigun Republicans will sign on to it in an attempt to hide their true record on the issue.  Notice that John Flanagan is co-sponsor.

David DiPietro will be introducing an Assembly companion soon.

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