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Gun owners have to re-certify rifles under SAFE Act


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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.



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Shooting sports:

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 …”

TVRGC Meet the Candidates

Tri-Village Rod & Gun Club hosted Assembly candidates Dean Michael (AD-102) and Jake Ashby (AD-107 special) at last night’s monthly meeting.

Dean Michael for Assembly

Jake Ashby for Assembly

Dean Michael & Jake Ashby for Assembly

Sheriff wants to train pistol license applicants

This is not a good idea. It could easily lead to a mandatory training requirement. Plus, the police are the last ones to be giving out firearms instruction.

Right way and wrong way

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post, there is a right way and a wrong way to respond to a political hit.

This is the wrong way:

“… Young Republicans Chairman Marc Boissey told the Journal in a statement on Wednesday that “the appearance of one of the targets I used resembling the Democratic emblem is unfortunate, but obviously I had no ill will towards our Democratic contemporaries … If anyone was offended by the donkey target, I obviously apologize” …”


This is the right way to respond:

“Inspired by the teens from Parkland, Fla., Buffalo-area high schoolers are organizing a forum on gun violence on April 7, and they’ve already lined up Rep. Brian Higgins and two other Democratic congressional candidates to attend. But Rep. Chris Collins, a Clarence Republican and strong gun rights supporter, will not be there, his spokeswoman, Sarah Minkel, said Wednesday. “Sadly, radical partisans have co-opted the Parkland tragedy in an effort to score cheap political points,” Minkel explained in an email …”


Publicly identify the event as a opposition political stunt, call B.S. on it, and counter-attack by calling out the radicals.

Not the way to respond

The Dutchess County Young Republicans have held an annual Shoot the Shamrock fundraiser around St. Patrick’s Day at the Dutchess County Pistol Association for a number of years.

This year their counterparts at the DC Young Democrats have taken umbrage:

“The Dutchess County Young Democrats group charged its political counterpart, the Dutchess County Young Republicans, with playing “arrogant politics” by hosting their recent “Shoot the Shamrock” fundraiser using sketches of the Democratic Party donkey mascot as the target.  Young Democrats’ Chairman Frank Mazzella said the GOP leadership “failed miserably” by using the donkey image and posting it online …”

The DCYR’s only failure was to appropriately respond to Mazzella’s attempt to intimidate them.

“… “It’s almost like they can say anything they like without any recourse,” he said. “To be an example as a leader in a political party or be involved in a political party takes a certain kind demeanor in which you would conduct yourself and this is not at all in any way, shape or form the way they should conduct themselves.” …”

Melted snowflakes.

“… Mazzella said in these times of “horrendous mass shootings,” he was glad to see the GOP group included gun safety training. But, he said they should set “positive examples of behavior, not hateful ones.” …”

Mazzella is too dense to grasp that DCYR’s are mocking Democrats.  Given their Party’s symbol is an ass that should be expected.

“… Leadership of the Dutchess Young Republicans could not be reached for comment Tuesday evening.”

They should have been all over this, laughing at Mazzella and using his stupidity as a fundraising tool.

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