A “Big Ugly” could be coming out of Albany soon:
Cuomo suggests legislative session could end after budget passage next week so he wants fiscal package to include array of other non-fiscal issues.
— Tom Precious (@TomPreciousALB) March 26, 2020
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.
- The National Rifle Association is laying off staff, cutting salaries and reducing hours amid COVID-19 outbreak
- With NRA Under Investigation, Former Fundraiser Says Gun Group is Republican “Through and Through”
- Local gun sales soar as virus fears mount
- COVID-19 Spikes Gun Sales
- Coronavirus fears spur shoppers to wait in 2-hour line for firearms in New York
- Remington offers facilities for medical supplies
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.
- Michael Bloomberg has spent almost $1 billion on his failed presidential campaign
- All seven Democrats make the ballot in NYS Assembly race
- Background Checks Surge 300 Percent as Americans Flood Gun Stores
- Some Capital Region gun shops see influx of customers: ‘Something unbelievable’
- Coronavirus Triggers ‘Unprecedented Surge’ In Gun Sales
- Gun sales soaring due to coronavirus fears, stores placing limits on supplies
- Gun shops close amid Cuomo’s business restrictions during coronavirus outbreak
The legislature is scheduled to return to session today.
- Coronavirus: Firearm and ammo sales up at some Upstate NY sporting good stores
- LI gun sales rise amid coronavirus fears
- Coronavirus brings on surge in sales of guns and ammo
- Some in Capital Region Chinese community seeking guns as protection as coronavirus backlash sparks fear
- Guns and Ammunition Sales Soar Amid COVID-19 Concerns
- Coronavirus: Syracuse gun show, other April events cancelled at NYS Fairgrounds
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.