Ontario Co. GOP leaders line up behind Jeff Gallahan

The Finger Lakes Times reports:

“… Manchester Town Supervisor Jeff Gallahan announced Friday he is running for the position currently held by Brian Kolb. Kolb announced Thursday he would not seek another term, a few weeks after he was charged with driving while intoxicated … A longtime community volunteer, he founded the Red Jacket High School Clay Target League. For 27 years, he has served on the Clifton Springs Area YMCA Board of Directors. Gallahan also serves on the Ontario County Shooters Committee On Political Education Board of Directors, and he is a life member of the NRA …”

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NY lawmakers introduce ‘ghost gun’ legislation

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Saturday’s Newsbits:

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“Ghost guns” bills introduced

As expected, two new “ghost guns” bills have been introduced in Albany, “The Jose Webster Untraceable Firearms Act” and “The Scott J. Beigel Unfinished Receivers Act.”

Bill text is not yet available, but here is the press release announcement, “Senators Hoylman and Kaplan, Assembly Members Rosenthal and Lavine Introduce Comprehensive Legislation Package to Eliminate Dangerous Ghost Guns.

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Horsehead’s GOP welcomes 2A Sanctuary advocate

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A-8078C/S-6041B amended

A-8078C and S-6401B, Permits 4-H certified shooting sports instructors to supervise and instruct persons under sixteen years of age at shooting ranges, have each been amended on 3rd Reading.

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S-4849, stun gun regulations

S-4849, Relates to allowing the possession and sale of electronic dart guns and electronic stun guns for self-defense, now has a companion A-9784.

From the Justification:

“On Friday, March 22nd, 2019, U.S. District Judge David Hurd issued a ruling on a case challenging New York’s total ban on the civilian possession of tasers and stun guns that declared the ban unconstitutional on the grounds that it violates the Second Amendment. This ruling follows similar decisions by courts in Illinois, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. However, in his opinion on the case, Judge Hurd noted that his ruling “does not foreclose the possibility that some restriction(s) on the possession and/or use of tasers and stun guns would be permissible under the Second Amendment”. The judge further noted that “other states have already done this… New York might consider doing so as well.” This bill would regulate the sale, possession, and use of electronic stun guns and electronic dart guns in a similar manner to New York’s current laws regulating the use of personal defense sprays. The bill would limit the possession of these weapons to possession for personal protection or the protection of property, and limit the permissible use of such weapons to self-defense …”

The case in question was Avitabile v. Beach.

I expect the legislature will pass this bill this year.

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Schumer: get “ghost guns” off streets in Onondaga Co.

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New York wants $14 million fine from NRA

Reuters reports:

“New York’s financial regulator on Wednesday filed civil charges accusing the National Rifle Association of offering insurance to its members without a license and concealing how it routinely kept some of their premiums for itself. The state Department of Financial Services plans to seek civil fines and other remedies from the gun rights group at an April 6 hearing … Wednesday’s charges focus mainly on the group’s alleged ties since 2000 to insurance broker Lockton Cos, including the sale of 28,005 policies to New Yorkers and the NRA’s receipt of more than $1.8 million in associated royalties and fees. Lockton’s policies included the NRA-branded “Carry Guard,” which the regulator said offered policyholders unlawful liability coverage, including for criminal defense costs and “intentional” conduct in shooting incidents …”

It is my understanding DFS wants to fine NRA $500 per incident, so $500 x 28,005 = $14,002,500.

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