Friday’s Newsbits:




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Always follow the money

Everytown/Mike Bloomberg has renewed Ostroff Associates lobbying contract for New York State @ $10,000 per month.

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Gun control in the ’21 State of the State

From Gov. Cuomo’s State of the State:

“… “Under the leadership of Governor Cuomo, New York has long led the nation’s fight against domestic violence and with the tragic increase in this heinous acts spurred on by the pandemic, we are doubling-down on those efforts,” said Melissa DeRosa, Secretary to the Governor and Chair of the New York State Council on Women and Girls. “This disgusting behavior must end and to do that, we are fighting to ensure abusers can no longer exploit loopholes to obtain guns and are the ones forced pay for the results of their devastation … Currently, in order to disqualify individuals found guilty of serious misdemeanors from obtaining a New York gun license, they must be found to have committed the crime against someone with whom they were in a domestic relationship after a separate hearing. Many disqualifying domestic violence misdemeanors are not “labeled” as such because the process to label state-disqualifying DV misdemeanors is cumbersome. While New York took a step towards closing this loophole in 2020 by ensuring that court clerks report these disqualifying convictions in a timely manner, some convicted of serious misdemeanors may still be able to purchase a gun if this multi-step process is not followed. As a result, some convicted of serious misdemeanors have still been allowed to purchase a gun. Governor Cuomo proposes the creation of a domestic violence misdemeanor label to close the domestic violence gun-purchasing loophole. …”

I expect a bill to be introduced on that soon.

As I predicted, the new Westchester D.A. is going to be pointman on gun control:

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Mandatory firearms storage bill reintroduced

The “Children’s Weapon Accident Prevention Act” has been reintroduced for the current session in the Assembly as A-1180. This is one of the program bills the antis have pushed for years.

No Senate companion yet.

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Start of session

The 2021-22 legislative session in Albany has begun. Normally this starts with the Governor giving his State of the State Address, but because the state has a deep fiscal hole Cuomo has put it off until Monday the 11th with the hope for a bailout from the feds.

I have seen no indication that Cuomo will include a call for more gun control in the SoS. That does not mean, however, the legislature will not send him more legislation to sign. At a minimum, I expect multiple “ghost guns” crap bills to pass including S-13, S-14 and maybe A-483.  Do not expect any noticeable opposition from either NRA & company or the GOP caucuses on this issue.

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Rocah to push “red flag”

Mimi Rocah was sworn-in as Westchester D.A. this afternoon and she’s made it clear pushing for “red flag” gun control implementation is high on her agenda:

“… She also said she’d target rising gun violence in the county by taking steps including a mandatory red-flag notification for domestic violence victims to tell them they can have guns removed from their partners’ possession. “We must get guns off the street and out of the hands of violent offenders,” Rocah said. “And, while there are no simple answers, there is more we can do.” …”

Believe it.  She’s going to use the D.A.’s office as a bully pulpit to push for whatever nutty schemes Moms come up with just like Jeanine Pirro did when she held the office.

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A companion to S-14, Enacts the “Jose Webster Untraceable Firearms Act”, has been introduced to as A-613 to Codes.

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Pre-filed legislation begins to appear

The following bills have been re-introduced for the 2021-22 legislative session which begins on January 6.

Assembly Codes:

  • A-352, Relates to the unlawful purchase or possession of a body vest.
  • A-353, Relates to the unlawful wearing of a body vest.
  • A-383, Adds ammunition to the list of prohibited items to purchase or dispose of after certain convictions.
  • A-412, Establishes the offense of unlawful possession of firearms by persons under twenty-one.
  • A-483, Relates to the criminal possession of a firearm or magazine digitally made.

Senate Codes:

  • S-13, Enacts the “Scott J. Beigel Unfinished Receiver Act” in relation to unfinished frames or receivers.
  • S-14, Enacts the “Jose Webster Untraceable Firearms Act.”
  • S-50, Relates to manufacturers’ reporting the sale or distribution of firearms.
  • S-65, Restricts the sale of ammunition to only individuals authorized to possess such weapon.

Senate Consumer Protection:

  • S-51, Includes attachments to electronic devices within the meaning of the term “imitation weapon.”
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Where’s the problem?

According to the NYPD:

“Statistics from the NYPD show a surge in gun violence that the city hasn’t seen in more than a decade. Shootings are up nearly 96% in the first eleven months of this year. In November alone, there were 115 shootings — a 112% increase from the same time last year. There were also 28 murders last month, driving the murder rate up 38% …”

It’s not just the City that has seen a big increase, it’s all over the state (Albany, Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo).

Has any elected called out the Governor and/or the legislature for the obvious failure of the state’s gun control laws including Cuomo’s signature SAFE Act? No.

Has anyone called for repeal of any of New York’s gun control laws? No.

Has anyone advocated 2A reforms for New York state? No.

Where is the problem?

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Top lobbyists in Albany

City & State lists their top picks for lobbyists in the state.

Of note, #5 is Ostroff Associates which currently represents Everytown and #9 Park Strategies, which ostensibly represents the NSSF.

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