Legislative update

Federal legislation:

State legislation:

  • S-7705, Criminalizes the sale of ghost guns; requires any person licensed as a gunsmith or a dealer in firearms to register with the Division of Criminal Justice Services any unserialized firearm, rifle or shotgun, finished frame or receiver, or unfinished frame or receiver, passed the Senate. Companion is A-8736.
  • S-7716, Relates to the Firearm Violence Research Institute; makes technical changes to the institutes procedures, goals and activities, on 3rd Reading.  No companion.
  • S-7736, Amends the “Scott J. Beigel Unfinished Receiver Act” relating to unserialized frames or receivers, on 3rd Reading.  Companion is A-8741.
  • S-51, Includes attachments to electronic devices within the meaning of the term “imitation weapon,” and S-687, Clarifies the definition of imitation weapon, have been Reported.

Can’t have 1A without 2A

Senator Gillibrand shows why you cannot have freedom of speech without the right to bear arms:

“In response to Rochester’s state of emergency, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says she’s working to address recent violence with new legislation. That includes banning assault weapons, enforcing a federal anti-gun trafficking law, ensuring reliable background checks and creating a data protection agency that has oversight over social media. “There’s also enormous amounts of anger and division in our communities that is fueling violence,” Gillibrand said. “A lot of that is caused by disinformation, lies and by social media platforms that are unregulated.” …”

If it saves one life …

What Do You Use Semi-Automatic Weapons For?

At today’s House Judiciary Committee hearing Rep. Jerry Nadler debated semi-automatic weapon ownership with Rep. Chip Roy:

House Judiciary to markup federal ERPO bill

The House Judiciary Committee will hold a markup on H.R. 2377 the “Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order Act of 2021” on Wednesday, October 27th at 10:00am.

Call the House switchboard @ 202-224-3121 and demand your representatives oppose this bill.


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RES 1737-2021

Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson has introduced RES 1737-2021 to the Public Safety Committee.  The resolution calls upon the Senate to pass universal background checks bill H.R.8.

Chipman goes down in flames

Big win for 2A!

The Washington Post reports that Biden’s nominee to head the ATF David Chipman is being withdrawn.

The official White House presser tries to blame Republicans:

“… Republicans in Congress have made clear that they intend to use gun crime as a political talking point instead of taking serious steps to address it. That’s why they’ve moved in lockstep to block David Chipman’s confirmation …”

Ok, but did Chuck Schumer try to salvage the nomination like The Hill suggested back in June?

“… The tied committee vote Thursday means Chipman’s nomination will still be put to a full vote on the Senate floor, but Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) will have to navigate some procedural hurdles …”

Did Chuck do any of this?  No.

Chipman worked for the gun control group Giffords. The antis put everything they had behind him, knowing he’d be their shill, and they lost big-time. I suspect this humiliation will also doom any new gun control at the federal level for the rest of Biden’s term in office.

Hochul’s changing position on gun control

Cuomo is out and Hochul is in.

WBFO reports on her changing position on gun control:

“… In the past, Hochul has been a supporter of gun rights, even earning a favorable rating from the National Rifle Association while representing Western New York in Congress in 2012. But after a break following a losing bid for re-election, Hochul returned to the political scene to run for lieutenant governor with a far more liberal agenda …”

In 2012:

“… The Hochul campaign credited her tenure as Erie County clerk for building a pro-gun record. It pointed out she streamlined the government’s permit application process and provided gun shows with staff and technology to ensure quick and safe sales. The campaign also said that in Congress, she “fought to strengthen the rights of gun owners traveling from state to state and to open public lands to hunting and fishing.” “As a county clerk, I was a staunch advocate for sportsmen, and I have carried through on my commitment to protect their rights in Congress,” Hochul said Wednesday …”

In 2014:

“… During her 2014 campaign for lieutenant governor, Hochul called the failure of Congress to pass background check legislation a “disgrace” following the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut that left 20 children dead. She also doubled down on support for the Cuomo Administration’s signature gun control law, the SAFE Act, passed in the wake of that shooting that killed 26 people. Speaking at a pro-gun control rally near New Paltz in 2018, Hochul celebrated the law’s passage and came out in strong support of other gun control measures, including so-called Red Flag Laws. “We’re talking about banning assault weapons, we did it here in New York,” Hochul said. “Background checks; what’s wrong with making sure people who shouldn’t have guns don’t have them?” …”

So, absent any strong ideological foundation, we can expect Hochul to do whatever she believes is the most politically advantageous at the time.