Democrat nominations

Guns were an issue in Democrat party candidate nominations.

At the top of the ticket:

“… Gov. Cuomo accepted the state Democratic Party’s nomination for governor by promising additional gun laws, including raising the age to purchase firearms in New York to 21 … Cuomo touted New York’s passage of his tough anti-gun control law known as the SAFE Act … and promised the state will go further if Congress won’t act. He said the state will raise the minimum age to purchase a firearm to 21, up from 18, which was somewhat of a surprise. In March he downplayed the idea by arguing that doing so nationally would have affected just 13% of the mass shootings over the past 50 years. Cuomo also again said he will push to increase the waiting period for some gun purchase background checks to 10 days, up from the current three, and also will pass a “red flag” gun law that would make it easier to confiscate guns from people considered a threat to themselves and others …”

And down-ballot races:

Ulster County Sheriff Paul VanBlarcum was snubbed Monday evening by the Ulster County Democratic Committee in favor of retired state trooper Juan Figueroa for the party’s nomination to run for election in November. On Tuesday, VanBlarcum’s campaign announced he would primary Figueroa for the Democratic Party line … Democrats took umbrage with Van Blarcum’s viewpoints supporting widespread gun ownership, opposing sanctuary cities and several controversial policy decisions which they said were too conservative for this year’s highly polarized midterm race …”

Not a lot can be done about Cuomo, but VanBlarcum is another matter.  He already has the Independence Party line and I suspect he will get the Republican and Conservative nominations as well.  Plus he has support from police unions.  Gun owners can push him over the finish line and give the finger to antigun bigots.  Campaign donations can be sent to:

Elect Paul VanBlarcum
P.O. Box 4483
Kingston, New York 12402

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