Democrats try to pull a fast one

St. Lawrence Co. Democrats are trying to pull a fast one over on 2A rights supporters with their Congressional candidate pick:

“The St. Lawrence County Democratic Committee has endorsed Matt Castelli for congress. Castelli’s stand on gun rights is part of the reason … Castelli’s position on gun rights was an important factor in deciding to back him, Clark said … In 2018, the campaign of Democrat Tedra Cobb to unseat Stefanik was derailed when an undercover video surfaced of Cobb saying she would support banning assault weapons, but couldn’t say so before the election because it would hurt her chances … In a September interview with 7 News, Castelli emphasized his deep familiarity with guns – as a C.I.A. officer he carried weapons “in places like Afghanistan and Iraq.” “I was extensively trained and carried a Glock 17 and an M4 rifle,” he said. “So I will protect the rights of our lawful gun owners, our hunters, our sportsmen and women, to keep their families and communities safe,” he said. But Castelli also said more work needs to be done “keeping our communities safe from gun violence.” …”

In other words he’s going to fuck us over the first chance he gets. Don’t give him the opportunity.

NRA needs to be involved in Democrat primary

NRA in Danger reports that they believe NRA will go to trial in the winter of ‘22.

Tish James is currently the New York Attorney General. She is giving up that office to run for Governor and there will be at least a 4-way Democrat primary for the nomination next June.

NRA should be honest and tell members and constituents to vote against her in the primary. This requires negligible effort, no money and has no downside. Put a statement in the magazine, use the weekly e-mail alert and send a presser to the media. With low turnout it is entirely doable to knock her out in the primary. Obviously this will not stop ongoing legal action by the state against NRA, but having the chief protagonist out of office by the time the case goes to court can only be good for them and may prevent the worse case scenario of corporate dissolution.

Rochester teams up with Brady Campaign

One of outgoing Mayor Lovely Warren’s last official acts is to team up with the Brady Campaign to analyze firearms trace data.

From their MOU:

“Rochester, through the Rochester Police Department, will use its best efforts to collect trace data about firearms recovered within its jurisdiction. Brady will advise the Rochester Police Department on the types of data and means of collection as necessary … As needed, Brady will provide to the Rochester Police Department advice and guidance regarding the analysis of such data and assist the Rochester Police Department in generating a public-facing report containing the analysis of this data …”

This is suspicious. My guess is they want to use such data as an excuse to try and sue gun manufactures and dealers under the public nuisance bill the legislature passed this year A-6762B/S-7196.

Support Suozzi in the Democrat primary

Congressman Tom Suozzi announced today he will run for Governor next year.

The current Democrat lineup now includes him, Kathy Hochul, Tish James and Jumaane Williams. I expect Bill de Blasio will add his name to the list soon as well.

All these people stink on gun rights. That being said sitting by and doing nothing has proven to be a failed tactic. Therefore gun rights supporters should vote for Suozzi in the Democrat primary as he is the least offensive of the bunch. Turnout will be low and in a 4 or 5-way race the winner will only get in the neighborhood of upper 30s to low 40s percentage of the vote. Gun rights activists can make a difference by blocking the much worse candidates.

Mandatory storage law rarely enforced

The Buffalo News reports that New York’s mandatory firearms storage law is rarely enforced:

“A September incident in which a 12-year-old boy allegedly brought a loaded pistol, a loaded magazine and loose rounds to Frontier Middle School led to charges against the woman who owned the gun. Two weeks after the school incident, a Hamburg woman was charged with failing to safely store the gun. She is among the first in the state to be charged as the result of legislation passed in 2019 aimed at keeping guns away from children … The law requires owners of handguns, rifles and shotguns to safely store such weapons, either by keeping the weapons locked up or using a locking device on the firearm if there is a child under 16 who lives in the house or if there is a reasonable chance a child may visit the house. Before the law was passed in 2019, New York only required safe storage of weapons if there was a convicted felon or other person prohibited from owning a weapon in the residence. That was included in the New York SAFE ACT, which passed in 2013 … The law is rarely used by prosecutors, according to records provided by the Erie County District Attorney’s Office. It was applied four times under the older provisions regarding people prohibited from owning guns and for the first time since it was amended in the Hamburg case. …”

The law should be abolished as it directly conflicts with Heller v. District of Columbia. Hopefully with better Justices on SCOTUS someone will bring a case challenging it.

Vaccinate the Fudds

This is bizarre:

“Governor Kathy Hochul announced today on Upstate drive time radio a new vaccine incentive to bolster vaccination rates among New Yorkers who enjoy the great outdoors. Beginning Dec. 1 through the end of the year, anyone that receives their first vaccine dose will have the opportunity to enter the ‘Take Your Shot for an Outdoor Adventure’ sweepstakes and a random drawing to win special prize packages tailored to anglers, hunters, and other outdoor enthusiasts … Five Grand Prize winners will be randomly selected from the pool of 2,000 sweepstakes entrants to receive their choice of deluxe fishing, hunting, and birding packages. Each Grand Prize package will include a lifetime license and the highest quality hunting and fishing gear. The deluxe birding package will include a spotting scope, binoculars, and more. In addition, 25 entrants will be randomly selected to receive their choice of Second Tier fishing and hunting packages. These packages will include annual licenses and equipment specific to angling, bowhunting, rifle hunting, and turkey hunting. The beginning birder package includes binoculars, birdfeeder, bird seed, and I Bird NY materials …”