Rules bills for tomorrow

I just got the list of bills on Senate Rules Committee agenda for tomorrow’s special session.  Still no gun bills on it.

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Bloomberg v. NRA

The Washington Post has an article in today’s paper on Mayor Mike’s effort to block the Thune amendment, “A Battle of Goliaths: Michael Bloomberg and His Anti-Gun Group Take on the NRA.”  The interesting part is on page 3 where Bloomberg’s Criminal Justice Coordinator John Feinblatt takes credit for Arlen Specter’s vote against the amendment causing it to come up a couple votes short.  Specter has to get through a primary against Congressman Joseph Sestak next year.  Sestak was endorsed by the Brady’s last year and is one of the few to get some campaign money out of them.

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Preventing traffic fatalities through gun control

Richard Aborn is trying to make the argument that his experience with gun owner liability/mandatory storage laws can be applied to traffic accidents.  See his op-ed at the Huffington Post.

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Exceeding expectations

According to the Daily News, “Plaxico Burress can expect little mercy from New York’s weapons law.” They ignore the fact that New York routinely gives special treatment to celebrities, the wealthy and politically connected when it comes to gun law.

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Special session Thursday

The Senate is scheduled for a special session this Thursday. Gun issues are not on the agenda as of now.

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Pistol license applications up

Pistol license applications are up 50% on Long Island.  From what I’ve seen it’s up 25%-50% across the state and the backlog is causing some delays.

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News of the day

The Daily Freeman is glad the Thune amendment came up a couple of votes short.  Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel worked against it because “what is good for Vermont may not be good for New York.

Candidate Jacques Leandre wants more restrictions on gun dealers because, “I haven’t seen a gun manufacturing plant in the projects.

The SigSauer Academy is offering a class for intermediate/advanced shooters, “Shooting out of Your Comfort Zone“, on August 29 at the Genessee Conversation League.

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Aborn is out of touch with reality

I found this exchange between Manahattan DA candidates Cyrus Vance and Richard Aborn over at City Hall:

“… Vance and Aborn sparred on who was best suited to upgrade the office, with Aborn trying to tie Vance to the way Morgenthau ran the office and Vance attempting to paint Aborn as out of touch because he has not actually tried a case in court in years. Aborn acknowledged that he had not tried a case since the early 1990s … Aborn disputed that he was out of touch with the courtroom. “I never thought that working on gun violence would be irrelevant to the work of the district attorney,” Aborn said incredulously …”

Right Dick. God forbid a candidate for DA actually have some experience trying criminal cases, as opposed to your spending the past 15 years or so as the mouthpiece for fringe special interests like Handgun Control, Inc. and New Yorkers Against Gun Violence.  How exactly does your experience with either of them lend itself to the role of DA?

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