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Identifying the rat

Last month I warned about a possible Republican sell out on gun control.

With the passage of A-10272/S-8121 I knew someone caved.  It’s not hard to make an educated guess as to who and why, but I wanted something more concrete.

Buried in a State of Politics post is this nugget which identifies the rat:

“… The measure’s approval, which came with the aid of Democratic votes in the Senate, was a victory for Sen. Elaine Phillips, a Republican who represents suburban Nassau County and a swing district that Democrats have long hoped to flip …”

I’ll make a (not so) bold prediction: Philips gets neither an endorsement nor campaign contribution from gun control groups because of her vote and, assuming she has a Democrat opponent this fall, they will hammer her on the issue anyway.

 

Guns and the State Budget

Turns out the Governor was not that serious about new gun control in budget negotiations:

“… What didn’t have bipartisan support and didn’t end up in the budget were any new gun policies. “We weren’t able to ban bump stocks. We weren’t able to broaden our background checks. We weren’t able to do the extreme risk protection order,” said state Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins. Though it wasn’t part of the budget, Gov. Andrew Cuomo did announce the passage of a new law preventing anyone convicted of domestic abuse from owning a firearm of any type …”

Bills in question are A-8976B/S-7133A and A-8717/S-6918.

Because some people cannot admit they are wrong, here is a reminder from the Empire Center that the SAFE Act cannot be defunded in the budget.

What did pass separately is A-10272/S-8121. Per WHAM news:

“… The legislation was passed to close a loophole in state law in order to ensure domestic abusers are required to surrender all firearms, not just handguns. The legislation prohibits anyone with an outstanding warrant, a felony, or other serious offenses from receiving or renewing a firearm license … the legislation bolsters the list of “serious” crimes, which, upon conviction, require the loss of a gun license and the surrender of all firearms …”

Westchester DA pushes for new gun law

Bill in question is A-8976B/S-7133A.

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Moms in Albany

Antigun astroturf in Albany today pushing A-8976B/S-7133A.

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A-10091

Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon has introduced legislation to prohibit gun raffles:

“… “It boggles my mind that anyone would think this was a good thing to raffle off,” Simon said …”

The key thing here is that it boggles her mind, not those of normal, rational thinking adults.  Raffles with gun prizes are common.  I’m going to a shoot this weekend that is having one.

She doesn’t even give a reason for this in the justification statement of the bill jacket:

“Currently in New York State it is legal to raffle off a firearm in a game of chance. Many times games such as these are open to all individuals regardless of age. Firearms should not be raffled off in this manner. Firearm related violence is a significant public health and safety problem and weapons should not be given away in games of chance.”

Assembly bill is A-10091. There is no Senate companion.

Depends how serious he is

Governor Cuomo’s latest idea:

“… This year I have proposed a number of reforms, including preventing individuals with a history of domestic violence from purchasing or owning guns. Today I am proposing that New York extend the background check waiting period to up to 10 days, in order to keep our schools and our communities safe …”

If he is serious the Senate Republicans will cave so fast heads will spin.  However, I am not 100% sure Cuomo is going to push the issue.  He is proposing, not demanding like he did with SAFE, and it comes across like it is part of the usual budget negotiations where they throw lots of stuff up against the wall to see what sticks.

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