Shifting the blame

In the beginning, Gov. Cuomo was so very proud of SAFE that he wanted to claim credit for it.  Now that it’s unpopularity is becoming undeniable, he wants to share the responsbility:

“… A Cuomo administration source is flatly denying the governor’s claim that his new anti-gun SAFE Act was carefully drafted, saying the governor himself wasn’t even aware of some provisions when it was hastily enacted into law … “Much of what’s in the law was drafted by people connected to Mayor Bloomberg and the Brady Center, not by the governor’s staff,” the source said. “That’s why there are so many problems with it.’’ …”

Forget it Andy, you own this.  And being a clueless buffoon is not a trait people look for in presidential candidates anymore than a raving antigun zealot.

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Joyce Lee Malcolm says gun ban unconstitutional

George Mason University Professor Joyce Lee Malcolm says an “assault weapon” and “high capacity” magazine ban is unconstitutional. She is the author of “To Keep and Bear Arms: The Origins of an Anglo-American Right” and “Guns and Violence: The English Experience” among other works.

Note: The SAFE Act is mentioned in this video clip.

Her statements reinforce a similar statement by Alan Gura that 7-round magazine limits are probably unconstitutional.

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NYAGV rally

In response to the 12K people who came to Albany on February 28 to lobby for SAFE Act repeal, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence held their own rally in Harlem on March 21.  Speakers included reps. from SEIU and UFT, racist rabble-rouser Al Sharpton and singer Tony Bennett, who I’m guessing is suffering from some form of senile dementia.

They are claiming “thousands” attended, but there is no way there were that many.  The few photos I’ve seen are either close-ups or eye-level crowd shots, typical tactics used to disguise the true number of attendees.

Here’s some video:

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Legislative Report #5

Legislative Report #5 is now online.

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Did Cuomo kill Feinstein’s bill?

Adam Winkler at The Daily Beast writes, “Did the Assault-Weapons Ban Kill Gun Control?“:

“… Gun-control advocates will no doubt mourn the demise of Feinstein’s assault-weapons proposal.  Yet, they may soon be asking if the proposal lived too long—just long enough to dash hopes of enacting any meaningful reform … There was one certain impact of proposing to ban the sale of assault weapons: it was guaranteed to stir gun-rights proponents to action …”

Exactly.  It is reasonable to assume that the Democrats took a look at Gov. Cuomo’s huge drop in the polls and concluded a similar backlash would be in store for them if they went along with DiFi.  So in his rush to be #1, Cuomo screwed the pooch for the antis nationwide.

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Ask a stupid question

Did a brief interview for WNYC today on the Governor’s new idea to let people buy 10 round mags., but only load 7 cartridges in them:

“… some wonder how the state can enforce the proposed change and ensure gun owners with 10-round magazines only have seven bullets loaded.  “How would you do that? Are you going to go around to everyone who you think owns a gun and ask can I see your magazine to see do you have the proper number of rounds in it?” said Jacob Rieper, the vice president of legislative and political affairs for the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association …”

Have not gotten answer to this question.  Don’t expect one either.

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Lawsuit filed against SAFE

The NYSRPA lawsuit against the SAFE Act has been filed today in federal court in Buffalo.  Co-plantiffs include the Westchester County Firearm Owners Association, Sportsmen’s Association for Firearms Education and New York State Amateur Trap Shooting Association plus some other individuals and businesses.

Here is a copy of the paperwork.

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Schneiderman and Sharpton

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The downside of being first

It appears that a new federal AWB is dead:

“In a huge political victory for the NRA, an assault-weapons ban proposed in the wake of the Newtown massacre won’t be part of a Senate gun-control bill, all but eliminating its chances of passage.  Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), author of the ban, said yesterday that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid(D-Nev.) had decided to ditch the legislation because it lacked the votes to pass …”

Good.  Now the question is what is the political impact on Gov. Cuomo who was so sure gun control was a winning issue that he wanted to be the first elected official to pass new laws after Newtown?

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Shelly says

Shelly acknowledges the legislature is under pressure to change SAFE:

It’s a big admission on Shelly’s part. Too bad it does not go nearly far enough.

Gov. Cuomo, however, is having none of it:

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