Statewide gun buyback program goes into effect

Bill A-2685/S-2449, Municipal gun buyback program, goes into effect today and the antis were celebrating:

This is nonsense and they know it.

See this article from 2015, “NYPD holding fewer gun buyback events”, and this one from 2017, “Gun buybacks get headlines, but there’s no evidence they reduce crime, researchers say.”

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Tannerite bill to Governor

A-4452/S-1456, Prohibits the storage, use, or purchase of the explosive Tannerite or similar products sold under a different name without the proper license, has been sent to Governor Cuomo for signing. No word as to when he will do that.

The fee for such a license to be set at a minimum of $50 per year.

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How to obtain a NYC pistol license

I’ve seen so many stories like this over the years and such shameless corruption doesn’t get old:

“The director of a state lawmakers’ charity that has failed to give out scholarships to needy minority students is a Brooklyn political “fixer” who allegedly used her close ties to Mayor de Blasio to obtain gun permits with the NYPD’s corrupt licensing division. Brooklyn realtor Charlene Gayle is the executive director of the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators, a nonprofit that puts on an annual “Caucus Weekend” — a lavish series of parties and networking events — in Albany, but has failed to hand out education grants for the last two years despite that being its stated charitable mission. Sources described Gayle as a “go-to” Democratic political fundraiser in the borough, who was retained by the Orthodox Jewish community to expedite gun permits with the NYPD. Former NYPD Lt. Paul Dean, who is serving an 18-month sentence for failing to stop a bribery scheme that allowed well-connected New Yorkers obtain gun licenses quickly, told the FBI about a businesswoman close to de Blasio who regularly obtained VIP treatment at 1 Police Plaza for her clients, according to papers filed by Dean’s lawyer in Manhattan Federal Court as part of Dean’s bribery trial. While Gayle is not named in the court documents, a source close to the investigation confirmed she is the unnamed businesswoman …”

As always Cash is King.

God bless Tammany Hall.

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Cuomo proposes more gun control for State of the State

Governor Cuomo announced his plans to unveil yet another gun control proposal during his State of the State Address:

“People convicted of serious misdemeanor crimes in other states should not be allowed to receive a gun license in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed on Sunday as he began to roll out his 2020 agenda. The proposal would cover people convicted of misdemeanors in other states that are deemed to be “serious offenses” like domestic violence, forcible torching and other sex offenses … The proposal would authorize licensing entities to search for such crimes and deny licenses for those with out-of-state offenses the that apply. It would also prevent renewal of a license if an intervening conviction occurs …”

At first glace this seems to be a bunch of fluff. Being a “may issue” state, licensing agents can already do this if they want to. However, having been around long enough I know better than to make such an assumption. We’re going to have to wait until the program bill is introduced to see exactly what the Governor is proposing.

The Governor will give his 2020 State of the State on January 8 in Albany. People wanting to attend the SoS can go here between the 20th and 30th to enter their name into a lottery system for tickets.

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Primary for Suozzi

Queens County Politics reports that Congressman Tom Suozzi will face a Democrat primary challenger next year:

Melanie D’Arrigo is a health care advocate from L.I. who briefly lived in Long Island City and she is running a progressive grassroots campaign to unseat incumbent politician U.S Rep. Thomas Suozzi (D-L.I., Little Neck) from New York’s 3rd District … The L.I. native … wants to close the loopholes in gun shows … D’Arrigo has endorsements from Muslims For Progress, Our Progressive Future, which supports young progressives who want to run for office and the National Organization for Women. “Melanie D’Arrigo doesn’t only support our issues, but she will lead on them. We’re proud to support her bold vision to repeal the Hyde Amendment, confront gun violence, and put her healthcare expertise to work for Long Island’s women and families,” said Sonia Ossorio, president of NOW New York …”

From her campaign website:

Common Sense Gun Safety Laws

Thoughts and prayers haven’t stopped the rampant gun violence in our country. We need meaningful action. I support Common Sense Gun Safety Laws to ensure our families are safe from those who intend to do us harm. That includes expanding background checks, closing gun show loopholes, banning assault weapons and high capacity magazines, enacting a federal red flag law and implementing a national licensing program.

From her Twitter feed:

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Browde will continue fight to strengthen gun laws

A second contestant for AD-93 steps forward:

“Chappaqua resident and attorney Kristen Browde announced Thursday that she will be vying for the Democratic nomination for the 93rd Assembly District, the second candidate to step forward for the seat in as many days. Browde said if elected to the Assembly she will continue the fight to strengthen gun laws … motivation for Browde was that her youngest son, now a Horace Greeley High School sophomore, remarked how students participate in mandatory lockdown drills. Districts across the state are spending millions on security despite New York having some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, Browde said. “At the end of the day you can buy a high-powered weapon and shoot up a school in the state of New York easier than buying a pack of Sudafed and that’s just wrong,” Browde said. “Our kids shouldn’t be growing up with this and we shouldn’t be having to spend millions of dollars to protect our schools against this kind of violence.” …”

It does not seem to occur to Browde that if school’s are spending all this money in spite of New York’s gun control laws, that would mean those laws are a failure.  If the laws are a failure, why compound that failure with more of the same?

From Browde’s Twitter feed:


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Burdick plans to run on “common-sense gun control”

With incumbent David Buchwald running for Congress, Bedford town Supervisor Christopher Burdick announced his intention to run for Buchwald’s State Assembly seat.

The Bedford Patch reports:

“… On Wednesday, Bedford town Supervisor Christopher Burdick announced a run for the New York State Assembly. The 93rd District includes Bedford, Lewisboro, Mount Kisco, North Salem, Pound Ridge and parts of New Castle, North Castle, Harrison and White Plains … On his website, he listed essential issues on which the district’s residents need to be heard in Albany, including property taxes, state funding for critical water and sewer projects, the climate crisis, local school funding, common-sense gun control, affordable housing for local seniors, workers and young families, reproductive health rights and the opioid crisis …”

I don’t see his website and I cannot find any other statements by Burdick on the issue.

The district has about 41K registered Democrats to 23K Republicans so it’s Burdick’s race to lose.  No Republican opponent has announced yet.

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