INT 116-2010

The bill prohibiting “Saturday Night Specials” has been assigned bill number INT 116-2010 and introduced to the Public Safety Committee.  You can see the text of the bill by going to the Council’s website and looking under Search Legislation.

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Text of Niagara Co. resolutions

I put scanned copies of the 3 resolutions opposing gun control in Albany on the NYSRPA website here.  Bill numbers are IL-13-10, IL-14-10 and IL-15-10.

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Legislative Report #21

Legislative Report #21 is now available for download.

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News of the day

Good news from the 2nd Circuit Court which also covers New York State.  The case of Kuck v. Danaher basically states the plaintiff has “a liberty interest” in his wanting to carry a gun.  More at The Volokh Conspiracy, “Second Circuit Due Process Victory for Connecticut Carry Permit Holders” and Cato, “Due Process Victory for Concealed Carry Permit Holder.

The Yonkers City Council supports a ban on carrying firearms while under the influence.  In supporting this proposal, Council President Chuck Lesnick channeled Spiderman:

“… “Spiderman’s creator Stan Lee penned the phrase, ‘With great power comes great responsibility,’” said Lesnick in the press release. “Carrying a firearm is an awesome responsibility and there can be no tolerance for anyone who does so while drunk.” …”

Apparently, though, there can be lots of tolerance for elected officials who drive while drunk.

The New York State Law Enforcement Council supports microstamping:

“The New York State Law Enforcement Council (LEC) unveiled its legislative agenda for 2010. The legislative priorities are … 3) requiring that all new semi-automatic weapons be equipped with microstamping technology …”

The New York State Assembly Minority Sportsmen Caucus is on Facebook.

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Not believable

Rick Lazio is in Albany trying to sell himself to Republicans in the legislature.  I’m told he committed to them that he would not push for expanded gun control measures.

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Prohibiting “Saturday Night Specials”

Councilman G. Oliver Koppell has introduced a bill prohibiting the sale or possession of pistols or revolvers that do not meet safety and quality standards established by the Police Commissioner. I don’t have a bill number yet.

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Homeowner shoots at burglar

Armed Citizen in Orange County. From MidHudsonNews.com, “Homeowner shoots at burglar“:

“… State Police are investigating an attempted burglary to a residence … in the Town of Deerpark … homeowner heard someone walking through their backyard. The homeowner, who is licensed to carry a handgun, went outside and saw a man trying to break into his garage. When confronted, the would be burglar turned towards to homeowner and appeared to have an object, believed to be a weapon, in his hand. The homeowner fired a shot at the suspect, who then ran into the back yard. The homeowner fired two more rounds at the man, who fled into the woods behind the house …”

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Food for thought

Dick Morris said something on Fox News last week that I think could be important to gun control legislation in Congress.  He said that the Democrats know they’re going to get spanked by the voters in November one way or another over Obamacare, so they’re going to vote for it anyway and make history.  Which they did.

With their fate pretty much sealed, it occurs to me that the Democrats may decide again to go for history and push a broad gun control agenda in Congress.  They now have nothing to lose.

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Gun Control Day ’10

Gun Control Day ’10 is set to take place the week of April 26.  Mark your calendars.

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Lazio, Levy & Paladino

Rick Lazio is pissed that Steve Levy switched parties and will try for the GOP nomination for Governor.  The Conservatives are sticking with Lazio for now.  If Lazio had a solid base of support, which he doesn’t, he would have locked up both nominations a long time ago.

Levy met with local Tea Party people.  I know one local activist who queried Levy specifically on gun issues.  He was later e-mailed an excerpt from an old SAFE newsletter from ’06 regarding Levy’s support of keeping the Suffolk Trap & Skeet Range open.

NewsCopy thinks the RKBA will be a problem for Levy:

“… Tea Party leaders met with Levy last week. Some walked out. Others expressed disappointment over his dodging of issues. His failure to articulate support of Second Amendment rights also will doom him with Conservatives statewide and most of upstate New York north of White Plains …”

Yet another GOP contender has surfaced: Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino who is being backed by moneybags Tom Golisano.  He articulates support for the RKBA in this video message at 0:20:

According to PolitickerNY, if Paladino doesn’t get CP backing he will create a Tea Party ballot line.

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