Tish James’ 2019 Year in Review

Attorney General Tish James released a self-aggrandizing 2019 Year in Review report highlighting how wonderful she is. It’s 61 pages long and lists “accomplishments” such as “Combating Gun Violence”:

Gun violence is a public health epidemic in New York and across the nation. Every loss of life and injury from gun violence is a devastating reminder of our shared responsibility to face this crisis head on and to support the communities that have suffered from its effects. Attorney General James is committed to catching criminals who traffic illegal weapons onto our streets, and holding them accountable. She has taken legal action to protect states’ rights to enact common sense gun safety regulations, including leading a multistate coalition to protect New York’s right to implement these critical measures, which is currently being heard by the United States Supreme Court. She has also partnered with law enforcement agencies across the state to host gun buyback programs and get illegal guns out of our communities. She will continue to pursue every avenue available to reduce gun violence in New York.

And “Stopping the Sale of Ghost Guns”:

The New York Attorney General’s Office was the first law enforcement agency in the nation to charge people for selling so-called ghost guns, or guns that are manufactured from parts sold over the Internet. These guns do not have serial numbers, so they are untraceable by law enforcement. Continuing on these enforcement efforts, in September 2019, Attorney General James directed 16 websites to cease and desist selling nearly complete assault weapons to consumers in New York. Attorney General James will continue to go after those that skirt the law to manufacture illegal and deadly assault weapons.

All of this is a set up for a future run either for Governor or Senate some time down the road.

Unfortunately I suspect next year’s report will include successful legal action taken against the NRA.

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2019 Everytown & BradyPAC donations

As 2019 comes to a close, it is time to look back and see where the gun control money has been flowing to our Congressional delegation.

Everytown:

BradyPAC:

As far as a I know the only two looking at Democrat party primaries next year are Nadler and Maloney.

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A-8870 introduced

Another bill regulating the sale/possession of “unfinished frames or receivers” has been introduced in the Assembly by Carrie Woerner (D-113), A-8870.

The bill requires sales go through a licensed dealer with background check done on the purchaser and requires the dealer keep records of such transfers. In addition, if there is no serial number on the frame, the dealer is required to add one which has been approved by the Superintendent of the New York State Police.

There is no companion in the Senate yet.

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Statewide gun buyback program goes into effect

Bill A-2685/S-2449, Municipal gun buyback program, goes into effect today and the antis were celebrating:

This is nonsense and they know it.

See this article from 2015, “NYPD holding fewer gun buyback events”, and this one from 2017, “Gun buybacks get headlines, but there’s no evidence they reduce crime, researchers say.”

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Tannerite bill to Governor

A-4452/S-1456, Prohibits the storage, use, or purchase of the explosive Tannerite or similar products sold under a different name without the proper license, has been sent to Governor Cuomo for signing. No word as to when he will do that.

The fee for such a license to be set at a minimum of $50 per year.

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How to obtain a NYC pistol license

I’ve seen so many stories like this over the years and such shameless corruption doesn’t get old:

“The director of a state lawmakers’ charity that has failed to give out scholarships to needy minority students is a Brooklyn political “fixer” who allegedly used her close ties to Mayor de Blasio to obtain gun permits with the NYPD’s corrupt licensing division. Brooklyn realtor Charlene Gayle is the executive director of the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators, a nonprofit that puts on an annual “Caucus Weekend” — a lavish series of parties and networking events — in Albany, but has failed to hand out education grants for the last two years despite that being its stated charitable mission. Sources described Gayle as a “go-to” Democratic political fundraiser in the borough, who was retained by the Orthodox Jewish community to expedite gun permits with the NYPD. Former NYPD Lt. Paul Dean, who is serving an 18-month sentence for failing to stop a bribery scheme that allowed well-connected New Yorkers obtain gun licenses quickly, told the FBI about a businesswoman close to de Blasio who regularly obtained VIP treatment at 1 Police Plaza for her clients, according to papers filed by Dean’s lawyer in Manhattan Federal Court as part of Dean’s bribery trial. While Gayle is not named in the court documents, a source close to the investigation confirmed she is the unnamed businesswoman …”

As always Cash is King.

God bless Tammany Hall.

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Cuomo proposes more gun control for State of the State

Governor Cuomo announced his plans to unveil yet another gun control proposal during his State of the State Address:

“People convicted of serious misdemeanor crimes in other states should not be allowed to receive a gun license in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed on Sunday as he began to roll out his 2020 agenda. The proposal would cover people convicted of misdemeanors in other states that are deemed to be “serious offenses” like domestic violence, forcible torching and other sex offenses … The proposal would authorize licensing entities to search for such crimes and deny licenses for those with out-of-state offenses the that apply. It would also prevent renewal of a license if an intervening conviction occurs …”

At first glace this seems to be a bunch of fluff. Being a “may issue” state, licensing agents can already do this if they want to. However, having been around long enough I know better than to make such an assumption. We’re going to have to wait until the program bill is introduced to see exactly what the Governor is proposing.

The Governor will give his 2020 State of the State on January 8 in Albany. People wanting to attend the SoS can go here between the 20th and 30th to enter their name into a lottery system for tickets.

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