This isn’t good news:
“With a month to go before the Democratic primary for Westchester District Attorney, incumbent Anthony Scarpino Jr. has already spent nearly as much on his campaign as he did to get elected in 2016. Scarpino is locked in a tight battle against Mimi Rocah, a former federal prosecutor well known for her past work as a commentator on MSNBC. She has outraised him by a wide margin — and outspent him narrowly — in her first bid for public office, according to the latest campaign finance reports filed with the state Board of Elections … Rocah said in a statement that her message about stopping gun violence, addressing the opioid crisis and ending racial bias in criminal justice enforcement is “resonating strongly.” …”
Vote for Scarpino in the primary. I don’t care what he thinks about 2A. If Mimi wins she will use the office as a bully pulpit to promote gun control and as a springboard to higher office down the road.
The state legislature is back in session this week today, tomorrow and maybe Thursday. Remote voting is allowed.
I do not see any gun bills on the agenda as of now.
A companion to S-7929, Relates to notifying certain individuals of their ability to seek an Extreme Risk Protection Order, has been introduced to the Assembly Judiciary Committee, A-10487.
The Cortland Co. Democratic Committee endorsed county legislator Beau Harbin in the party primary for the open AD-125 seat.
Here is his signed NRA-PVF candidate questionnaire.
Other Democrat candidates include:
Registered Democrats out number Republicans about 2.3 to 1 in the district. There is no GOP opponent running in the general election, only Libertarian Matthew McIntyre.
H/T: Ranjit Singh.
It’s looking as if the State Senate will return to session next week. It is unclear if the State Assembly will as well.
At least one legislator, Brad Hoylman, wants to bring up one or more of the “ghost gun” bills:
Bills include S-2143A, S-7762 and S-7763.
Hoylman’s fresh push on the issue is meant to coincide with federal legislation introduced last week by Senate Democrats including Chuck Schumer.
I found this story regarding the case of U.S. v. Cruz, 19-cr-775 on the Inner City Press website:
“… Eric Cruz was up for sentencing on gun charges on May 18 and in his defense submission was this: “Mr. Cruz’ possession of the firearm at issue was solely for use in the ceremonial practice of his religion, Palo Mayombe. Firearms hold only symbolic meaning in the ritual practice of the religion and involve no violence or threat of violence.” U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein weighed this claim against the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 and found it wanting … Judge Hellerstein said, He is citing a Cuban religion as a basis for having a gun. But a loaded gun? He cites the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 – government must show a compelling interest. But that does not require the US to do handstands… I find that there is not a burden on this religion, and that even if there were it would be acceptable to control guns … Judge Hellerstein ultimately imposed a sentence of 21 months in custody, to be followed by three years of supervised release …”
No action either way by SCOTUS today on any of the gun cases. They are relisted for next time.