NRA backs Caldarera over Malliotakis in GOP primary

I had a laugh after reading this:

“The National Rifle Association has fired a political shot in what had been considered a non-competitive Republican primary for the 11th congressional seat in Staten Island and southern Brooklyn. The NRA has endorsed little-known candidate Joe Caldarera over veteran state Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, who is the heavy favorite to win the primary and take on first-term Democratic Rep. Max Rose in the general election …”

I don’t believe Malliotakis can beat Rose.  She ran a godawful campaign for Mayor.

“… The NRA gave Caldarera the nod after giving Malliotakis a C minus for her legislative voting record. She voted for the NY Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act in 2013 — gun safety restrictions that are opposed by the gun-rights lobby …”

She deserves an F. Inflating her grade simply because she is a Republican is not helpful to the cause.

“… The NRA said it gave Caldarera, 28, the endorsement based on his answers in its questionnaire. He has never held office or taken any votes to be judged on. “I have always been steadfast and strong in my support for our 2nd Amendment constitutional rights, and I am thrilled that the NRA has endorsed my campaign. Nicole Malliotakis does not share the values of the people of Staten Island and South Brooklyn, and I am looking forward to offering them a loyal conservative choice on June 23rd,” Caldarera said in a statement …”

From a practical standpoint, there’s no reason not to take him at his word.

“… Some independent political observers, such as the Cook Political Report, consider the 11th congressional district a toss-up in the general election …”

I don’t, not with Malliotakis as the alternative.

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Simotas plugging her bill

Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas is plugging her bill requiring courts notify individuals who apply for an order of protection of their ability to obtain an Extreme Risk Protection Order:

“… “Our Red Flag law is a vital tool that can prevent gun violence before senseless tragedies occur and New Yorkers should be aware that they can seek this protection,” Simotas said. “New York is facing a serious domestic violence crisis and it is critical that every survivor is informed that they can obtain an extreme risk protection order to have law enforcement proactively intervene to find and remove guns from their abuser.” … “This life-saving measure will expand access to extreme risk protection orders reducing intimate partner abuse fatalities, mass shootings, and suicides in our state,” Simotas said …”

The bill in question is A-10487Senate companion is S-7929.

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State legislature returns

The state legislature is back in session this week today, tomorrow and maybe Thursday. Remote voting is allowed.

I do not see any gun bills on the agenda as of now.

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A-10487 introduced

A companion to S-7929, Relates to notifying certain individuals of their ability to seek an Extreme Risk Protection Order, has been introduced to the Assembly Judiciary Committee, A-10487.

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State Senate looks to return with gun control on tap

It’s looking as if the State Senate will return to session next week. It is unclear if the State Assembly will as well.

At least one legislator, Brad Hoylman, wants to bring up one or more of the “ghost gun” bills:

Bills include S-2143A, S-7762 and S-7763.

Hoylman’s fresh push on the issue is meant to coincide with federal legislation introduced last week by Senate Democrats including Chuck Schumer.

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Prohibiting the advertisement of firearms as “combat weapons”

Just because the legislature is in recess does not mean new legislation isn’t being introduced.

Case in point, S-8297, Prohibits the advertisement of firearms as combat weapons; exempts the advertisement of such rifles, shotguns, or firearms for the purposes of recreation, hunting, self-defense or other legal uses of such firearms.

From the Justification statement:

In the context of gun violence, the marketing of firearms contributes to the glorification of violence by advertising militaristic or combative characteristics of weapons.

In the case of the Sandy Hook Elementary mass shooting where 20 children and 7 adults were killed, the victims’ families assert the marketing of the specific rifle was done in an unethical and inappropriate manner, which incited violence by extolling militaristic and assaultive characteristics of the firearm. It is argued that the marketing of the weapon for “offensive assault missions” perpetuated a means for extreme violence. The marketing of the firearm as a combat weapon may have directly contributed to the misuse of the weapon as a means of perpetrating a mass shooting.

In 2017, a study by Corey H. Basch of the New Jersey Department of Health cited that exposure to regularly violent content translates to aggressive behavior. During short term exposure to such violence, a certain cognitive “priming” occurs that creates an instinctive response to mimic observed violent behavior.

Through an act that establishes guidelines on how firearms may be marketed for legal use, we may be able to assist in engaging in the fight against gun violence and the misuse of firearms. Marketing firearms as militaristic combat weapons, rather than for sporting, self-defense, and hunting may directly influence the illegal misuse of said weapons. As lawmakers, we must ensure the safety and wellbeing of New Yorkers by prohibiting incendiary advertisements of weapons as deadly combat weapons.

Antigunners are the ones who most often refer to firearms, any firearm, as “combat weapons” or “assault weapons.”

From the bill text:

“NO PERSON, FIRM OR CORPORATION ENGAGED IN THE RETAIL BUSINESS OF SELLING RIFLES, SHOTGUNS OR FIREARMS, AS SUCH TERMS ARE DEFINED IN SECTION 265.00 OF THE PENAL LAW, SHALL ADVERTISE SUCH RIFLES, SHOTGUNS OR FIREARMS TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC BY MEANS OF ADVERTISEMENTS IN PUBLIC NEWSPAPERS, MAGAZINES, BY RADIO OR TELEVISION, OR BY ELECTRONIC MEDIA DISPLAY ADVERTISEMENTS, FOR THE PURPOSE OF OFFENSIVE ASSAULT OR HOMICIDE OR OTHER RELATED OFFENSES PURSUANT TO ARTICLE ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-FIVE OF THE PENAL LAW.”

Who does this? Has anyone, anywhere ever seen an advertisement that goes like: “Glock. Reliability for when you got to bust a cap in your neighbor’s ass.

It is worth noting that the bill’s sponsor Senator Alessandra Biaggi is the granddaughter of the notorious Congressman Mario Biaggi of “cop-killer bullet” fame who spent his political career pushing gun control right up to the point where he was charged and convicted of corruption.

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Push Abinanti out

The Hudson Independent reports that incumbent Assemblyman Tom Abinanti will face challenger Jen­nifer Williams in next month’s Democrat primary in AD-92.

Abinanti has a history of sponsoring antigun legislation going back to his time in the county legislature. Williams is not pro-gun, but that does not matter. Incumbents must know they will pay a price at election time for carrying gun control bills. If an incumbent does not support 2A, vote for their opponent no matter who they are.

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Angelino for Assembly video

Joe Angelino is running for Assembly in the 122nd District.

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Saturday’s Newsbits:

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