Hasty implementation

Another microstamping update from California:

“In a recent letter to California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown, the California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) expressed concern over the “hasty implementation” of firearms microstamping in California and called for further in-depth study of the technology before it is implemented by law in California …”

Shouldn’t you have thought about this before passing this law?

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Need another reason to come to Albany on the 12th?  The R&P will be giving away a $1000 gift certificate from Remington.  Anyone who shows up will be eligible to win.

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News of the day

Dick Nelson on Jan. 12, “Sportsmen need to show their strength.”  This column shows why Dick is far and away the best outdoor writer in the state.  Not because he’s necessarily the best wordsmith, but because he is the most honest and open of the bunch and tells it like it is.

There’s a bus from Long Island going to Albany on the 12th.  Cost is $35/person.

Erie Co. legislator Tim Kennedy will announce on Friday his intention to primary pro-gun Senator Bill Stachowski (D-58).

People are not interested in Rick Lazio running for Governor. This story brought to you by the New York Times and the Department of the Bloody Obvious.

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Pete King for Senate?

Urban Elephants reports that Congressman Pete King has been making noise again about running for Senate against Kirsten Gillibrand this fall.  King has been a C/D rated by NRA over the past few election cycles so I have low expectations from him on gun issues.

He did get in a good shot at Michael Jackson and the media, though.

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More press for lobby day

Some more press (and self-promotion) for the Jan. 12 lobby day at the LOB/CAP in today’s Post-Star, “Sportsmen prepare for meetings at Capitol.”  There are buses from at least nine locations going there that I’m aware of.

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Levy forms exploratory committee

Suffolk Co. Exec. Steve Levy has formed a gubernatorial exploratory committee.  He did not have a good gun record when he was in the Assembly so I wouldn’t call him pro-gun.  Considering the other two potential Democrat candidates, it’s probably better to just think of him the least offensive party candidate for now.

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Bloomberg expanding his horizons

Now Mayor Mike wants to get into the illegal immigration debate:

“… He also said he would take on the national issue of immigration reform similar to the way he focused on gun control in his second term. The mayor established the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns, which has pushed its agenda on Capitol Hill and in local political races throughout the nation …”

Does that means he’s going to change the name to Mayors Against Illegal Guns and For Illegal Immigration?

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Congressional races to watch

According to the Star Gazette, the NRCC is spotlighting three Congressional races as possible Republican pickups this fall in districts 1, 19 and 29.  That gives us these match-ups:

CD-1: F rated incumbent Tim Bishop v. Randy Altschuler.  Bishop is a longtime anti, Altschuler is an unknown quantity.

CD-19: F rated incumbent John Hall v. Nan Hayworth.  Hall accepted campaign money from the Brady’s but wasn’t actively promoting antigun legislation the last time I checked.  Hayworth struck me as being a RINO but does not have any position statement on her campaign website about guns.

CD-29: C rated incumbent Eric Massa v. Tom Reed.  Not sure what Massa did to earn his last NRA rating.  He seemed concerned about being perceived as being pro-gun in the past.  Reed is the Mayor of Corning, but his position on guns is unknown.  He isn’t a member of MAIG.

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When only 24% of the people strongly approve of the job you’re doing, people start to run away from you.

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News of the day

Some press mention of the Jan. 12 lobby day here and here.

Dick Nelson on events of the past decade, Part 1 and Part 2.

Sheldon Silver thinks Andrew Cuomo is going to run for Governor next year.

Daniel Donovan is considering running for state D.A. next year.  He’s not pro-gun:

“Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan wrote a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid expressing his opposition to a law that would allow holders of permits to carry concealed weapons in their state to carry one in another state …”

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