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The Town of Kingsbury will hold a public hearing on October 5 @ 7:00pm on whether to allow pistol license holders to carry on town property.  A vote on the issue will take place sometime thereafter.

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Record gun sales in New York

Gun sales are way up in New York in large part due to rioting:

“Area gun shop owners say that since they’ve been allowed to reopen, many have seen a spike in sales, while at the same time they can’t keep up their stock. It’s fueled by fears of socioeconomic uncertainty and the idea that civil unrest seen elsewhere in the state and the nation will soon come to their towns … Federal background checks for gun purchases in New York state totaled 61,324 in June, the biggest monthly tallies since 2000, according to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, run by the FBI. Jimmy Cosenza, owner of Cosenza’s Gun Shop in Monroe, said his business reopened in June starting with curbside pick up only. Normally, he serves 20-30 customers a week. But the number surged to 50-100 a week after the reopening … many customers say they want to buy a gun at this time for personal defense. “With everything going on, they’re afraid the riots may come up here,” Cosenza said …”

This matches what has been going on nationwide:

“… Firearms sales rose 94% for the March-to-July period from a year earlier, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the gun industry’s trade group. About 40% of those sales went to first-time gun owners. One of the nation’s largest gun makers, Smith & Wesson, said it will boost production after record-breaking sales. The company reported a 140% increase in gun sales from the beginning of May through the end of July …”

S&W stock is booming:

“… Smith & Wesson Brands reported 1Q earnings of $0.97, better than analysts’ estimates of $0.48 per share. Its revenue came in at $278 million, higher than the Street estimates of $195.03 million. Despite posting upbeat 1Q results (ending on July 31) Smith & Wesson stock fell 3.5% on Friday due to the broader market sell-off …”

Of course, the antis aren’t happy:

“… Scott Pappalardo of Middletown, who works as a volunteer leader for Everytown, a gun safety advocacy group, said owning a firearm is a personal decision but weapons need to be stored properly and purchasers must go through legal procedures. “During the pandemic, we have millions of school children and teenagers home from school that could access these firearms either for suicide or unintentional shooting,” said Pappalardo … “This ready access to guns is concerning given that nearly three in four firearm suicides by young people take place in or around a home, and over 80% of firearm suicides by children involve a gun belonging to a family member,” the report read. “The other concern is with the increase of gun sales, the background check system is being burdened,” Pappalardo said. “If the system isn’t working properly and domestic abusers get firearms and bring it home where they’re in quarantine with a loved one who is being abused, that could put them in a tremendous risk.” …”

That is complete bullshit:

“… “I’ve been doing this a long time, and I’ve been involved in hundreds of homicide investigations here in the city of Rochester,” the captain said. “Do you know how many of those homicide investigations involved individuals that owned legally-registered handguns? Honestly, I can’t remember one that wasn’t justified or ruled as justified by a grand jury in which a suspect committed a murder with a legally owned handgun.” “So again, if these politicians want to get up and spew that we need more gun laws, they’re just lying, they don’t want to answer the real questions that need to be answered,” [Rochester Police Department Captain Frank] Umbrino said …”

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Timber Vaults’ concealment shelves

Timber Vaults sent me one of their concealment shelves for review.  With guns sales booming I thought this was timely move on their part.

What it is a modern looking shelf with a hidden compartment for one or more firearms. It is free floating with no brackets holding it up. It attaches to the wall though a metal bar which gets screwed to the wall. The shelf goes over this bar.

Here is a picture of this assembly:

The company makes three sizes: small, medium and large. They sent me a small one meant for handguns. Here is what a PPK looks like for comparison:

Their medium and large units look big enough for a short-barreled gat like the Shockwave and possibly some extras. It has an RFID lock and comes with a key fob and battery backup. All necessary hardware, except 4 AAA batteries, are included.  You need a screw driver, stud finder and possibly a level to mount it.

My observations:

  • It is solidly built from the wood, to the piston arm, to the wall bracket. It doesn’t feel at all flimsy.
  • It is attractive. It has a matte finish of some sort on the wood. It’s not a stain and doesn’t look like paint.
  • It absolutely needs at least one screw into a wall stud. I would stress this more in the instructions.
  • From a few feet away it does look like a regular shelf. If you look closer you can see the little plug hole on top for the battery backup which is a giveaway, but that can be hidden by putting some chachkies on it.
  • The RFID provides a reasonable level of security from children and guests. It is definitely not a gun safe and does not pretend to be.
  • It’s styling isn’t for everyone.  If you like modern decor it will blend in nicely.  Others, not so much.

All in all I think it is a quality product.

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S-8926 targets gun manufacturers

Last year a Democrat spokesman said they were looking into drafting legislation to allow lawsuits against gun manufacturers to go forward.

This week Senator Zellnor Myrie introduced S-8926 to Rules. The short one sentence bill reads:

Section 1. Section 240.45 of the penal law is amended by adding a new subdivision 3 to read as follows:
3. AS USED IN SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION, THE TERMS “CREATE” AND “MAINTAIN” SHALL INCLUDE THE SALE OR MANUFACTURING OF PRODUCTS.

As reported in the Daily News:

“… The bill would amend the state’s criminal nuisance law to include the sale or manufacture of products that endanger peoples’ health or safety, enabling New Yorkers to sue companies or individuals who violate the statute …”

Whether this is enough to get around the PLCAA is unclear.

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