The #2 official at ATF has written a proposal to reduce gun regulations, including removing silencers from the NFA.

It isn’t an official position statement by the ATF, just one persons opinion, but it should be helpful in generating support for the Hearing Protection Act of 2017, H.R. 367.

The bill now has two local sponsors with Lee Zeldin adding his name last week.

The House voted yesterday to revoke a rule put in place by the Obama administration last year banning certain Social Security recipients who use a representative payee from owning firearms.

The New York contingent voted as follows:  All the Democrats except Nydia Velazquez who was excused along with Republicans Dan Donovon and Pete King voted NO.  All the other Republicans voted YES.

Bill numbers are H.J. Res 40 and S.J. Res 14.


The Donald nominated Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

While he has not directly ruled on a Second Amendment case, he has made supportive statements in the past.

Bloomberg’s proxy Everytown has started a petition asking Senators grill Gorsuch on gun control.

The Left is losing their collective minds over the nomination and pretty much everything else Trump has done thus far.  Most amusing was the several thousand protestors gathered outside Chuck Schumer’s apartment chanting, “What the fuck, Chuck?!”  The Post was extremely helpful in printing his home address.

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H.R. 367, the Hearing Protection Act of 2017 has picked up one co-sponsor from New York, Rep. Chris Collins.

Senate companion is S. 59.


The Donald has announced that he will naming his Supreme Court nominee next week.

Time has a list of his supposed top three contenders.  Of note is Thomas Hardiman:

“… Hardiman is known for protecting gun rights and taking an originalist approach to Second Amendment cases. In Drake v. Filko, which challenged a New Jersey law saying someone seeking a permit must show a “justifiable need” for a gun, Hardiman dissented against the ruling for the state. “Those who drafted and ratified the Second Amendment were undoubtedly aware that the right they were establishing carried a risk of misuse, and States have considerable latitude to regulate the exercise of the right in ways that will minimize that risk,” Hardiman wrote in his dissent. “But States may not seek to reduce the danger by curtailing the right itself.” Much of his dissent was based on the Supreme Court case District of Columbia v. Heller, which is a landmark case on gun rights and arguably Justice Scalia’s most famous majority opinion …”

Newsweek reports 7th Circuit Justice Diane Sykes is also a finalist. On guns:

“… Judge Diane Sykes … wrote a decision striking down a Chicago gun law. The decision found several city ordinances governing shooting ranges unconstitutional, according to the official opinion released Wednesday. Among other regulations, the city banned individuals under 18 from commercial ranges, and restricted their operation to manufacturing districts. Sykes wrote the opinion striking down the regulatory regime …”

Another one is Colorado Supreme Court Justice Allison Eid:

“… Among the judges he may be considering is Colorado Supreme Court Justice Allison H. Eid, who in 2012 wrote the unanimous opinion striking down a ban on licensed concealed handguns at the University of Colorado Denver. The ruling was in a lawsuit brought in 2008 by three CU Denver students seeking to have an existing gun ban lifted at the university. The ruling Eid wrote said that the state’s Concealed Carry Act allows permitted weapons to be carried “in all areas” with narrow exceptions, such as K-12 schools and courthouses, that don’t include college campuses …”

Whomever Trump ends up nominating, head clown Chuck Schumer has signaled his intent to be disruptive:

“… Schumer, who has pledged to block a doctrinaire conservative nominee, was among the senators attending an hour-long White House meeting with the president Tuesday. “I reiterated that view in our meeting today, and told him that Senate Democrats would fight any nominee that was outside of the mainstream,” said Schumer in a statement …”

To his credit, Trump isn’t shying away from a fight:

“… Trump and some Senate Republicans are now openly threatening to kill the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees — a pronouncement sure to inflame a brewing battle with Democrats over Trump’s choice to replace the late Antonin Scalia. Trump said Thursday that he would encourage Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to deploy the “nuclear option” — changing Senate rules on a majority vote — if Democrats block his Supreme Court pick. The president’s stance could amplify pressure on McConnell — a Senate institutionalist who is reluctant to further erode the chamber’s supermajority rules — to barrel through Democratic resistance by any means necessary …”

This is exactly what needs to be done.  Republicans have a long history of preemptive surrender. They need to go on an all-out offensive, call B.S. on Schumer, Pelosi and company, and move court nominees and legislation through Congress over their objections.

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Senator Jose Peralta is switching from the mainline Democrat conference to the IDC:

“… The Independent Democratic Conference will increase its membership to eight lawmakers with the addition of Queens Sen. Jose Peralta … Peralta in the interview said he was “at a crossroads” when making his decision to leave the mainline conference for the IDC, led by Bronx Sen. Jeff Klein. The mainline Democratic conference in a statement blasted the move, though did not mention Peralta by name …”

If the Democrats had their shit together they would control the upper chamber.  For all their faults, the Republicans generally act in unity while the Democrats are all over the place.  Their egos, arrogance, selfishness and stupidity are what keeps them divided.

“… The IDC is retaining a coalition with Republicans in the state Senate, whose conference retains a majority with the inclusion of Sen. Simcha Felder, a Brooklyn Democrat who sits with the GOP in the chamber.”

This simply cannot continue indefinitely.

At some point something is going to happen to permanently shift power to Democrats and that will be the end of the GOP as a major party in the state.  It might be Governor Cuomo will get tired of the Republicans, or maybe Klein and company will.  Demographics could continue to shift or perhaps one or more of the old farts simply drops dead.  Unless there is an immediate, coordinated, 180° shift in policy by the Republicans, doom is in their future.

The Westchester gun show this past weekend was a big success with larger than expected turnout.  The County Center is a good location and hopefully they will be able to go back to having 2-3 shows there every year.

Rob Astorino deserves a shoutout for standing up to antigun politicians:

“… [County Executive Rob Astorino] vetoed legislation Thursday that moved to ban gun shows on county-owned property. “I tried to look at this issue not in the emotional way, as some people wanted me to do it,” he said. “There was no justification to ban a gun show based on the facts and based on the law.” …”

Other downstate politicians, especially Republicans, should take note of Astornio’s actions.  He called BS on the anti’s hysterics and proved they don’t have the ability to motivate opposition turnout.

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