This memorandum was sent to all members of the state legislature:
Founded in 1871 NYSRPA is the oldest organization of its kind in the country. Our membership doubled in 2014 following enactment of the “SAFE ACT” thus making us the largest NRA affiliate in America. These truths demonstrate an enormous and unprecedented discontent as expressed concerning the “SAFE Act” in New York.
Whereas it is a fact that without a memorandum of understanding, a “moratorium” on “SAFE ACT” funding and enforcement, any attempt by the legislature to “de fund” the “SAFE ACT” is an exorcize in futility. This is due to the fact the Governor has at his disposal funds that can be re-allocated to effectively thwart the will of the legislators.
Whereas it is a fact the majority of counties in NY have issued resolutions rejecting the “SAFE ACT” in totality and a majority of voters in upstate NY voted in both the Democratic primary and the general elections rejecting Governor Cuomo due to his enacting of the Safe Act.
Whereas the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association has a federal court case pending that deems the Safe Act unconstitutional and the end result of NYSRPA’s federal case may well be the dismantling of the “SAFE ACT”.
Whereas the pending NYSRPA lawsuit is valid on its face, therefor we assert any spending to enforce the “SAFE ACT” only serves to increase tort liability of the State of New York. This liability being the direct result of unconstitutional acts preformed enforcing this ill-conceived law.
Therefor we submit it is in the best interests of the people of NY for there to be a moratorium on “SAFE ACT” spending and enforcement to include a rollback of ALL state funds and a “message of understanding” for the purpose of restraining enforcement of all provisions contained in the “SAFE ACT”. These provisions include ammo registration, re-certification of pistol permits, enforcement of the ban on interstate sales of ammo and enforcement on modification of the description of assault weapons.
The bottom line is, no provision of the “SAFE ACT” should be enforced or funded while NYSRPA’s federal case remains un-settled.
What Tom left out is the fact that, as with CoBIS, SAFE funding isn’t a line-item in the state budget. Some legislators have been trying to con clueless upstate gun groups into thinking defunding or even repealing SAFE is viable.