NYN: For We The People, who were unlawfully denied input prior to the passing of flawed and wrongheaded legislation, it’s Time to Fight Back against over-reaching government, and the violations, usurptions, and infrigements of both our State and Federal Rights, and as always, more importantly, our god given ones!
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SENATOR JOHN BONACIC Protecting Our 2nd Amendment Rights
Calls to my office have been overwhelmingly against the State’s new gun control law. I want you to know that I voted against that new law.
Over the last few days my office has received numerous inquiries regarding the implementation of the new gun law. The Governor has released a list of answers to frequently asked questions regarding this law which is available here.
Date Posted: January 18, 2013
As the Daily Freeman quoted Ulster County Sheriff Paul Van Blarcum, in an article on January 13, 2013: “Anybody wants to do anything, they will find a way to do it.”
The Sheriff pointed out that more restrictive gun and ammunition laws will not solve the crime problem. Sadly, I believe that is true.
Date Posted: January 15, 2013 Read more…
SIGN SENATOR LARKIN’S PETITION TO REPEAL AND REPLACE RESTRICTIVE NEW GUN CONTROL MEASURES THAT WILL WEAKEN THE SECOND AMENDMENT CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF LAW-ABIDING NEW YORKERS
SENATOR BILL LARKIN Protecting Our 2nd Amendment Rights
Help Senator Larkin Repeal and Replace Restrictive New Gun Control that Weakens the Second Amendment Constitutional Rights of Law-Abiding New Yorkers!
In a vote held in the State Legislature on Monday, January 14, 2013, the Second Amendment Constitutional freedoms of New Yorkers were weakened with passage of restrictive new gun control. I strongly opposed this legislation that was rushed through both houses of our State Legislature without a single public hearing or the proper time to carefully review the bill.
Law-abiding citizens are NOT the issue! Millions of New Yorkers own firearms and do so safely, responsibly and legally. The real issue, the real threat, is dangerous criminals having guns and the seriously mentally ill obtaining access to guns.
This vote was only the beginning, not the end, of a critically important debate. I believe we must repeal and replace the restrictive parts of the enacted legislation. We should focus on increasing penalties for criminals who use firearms and addressing the issue of mental illness. However, I cannot do it alone: I need strong Second Amendment supporters like you to stand strong – and stand with me.
Please sign my Legislative Petition to build public support for repealing and replacing the restrictive gun control measures. If every New Yorker who supports the Second Amendment makes their voices heard we can forge a true public safety remedy that addresses real issues such as dangerous criminals and mental health without curtailing the Second Amendment.
This is no time to sit on the sidelines: every gun owner, hunter, sportsman and supporter of the Second Amendment must get involved. Now is the time to be heard!
YES Senator Larkin, I support your efforts to preserve and protect the Second Amendment rights of all law-abiding New Yorkers by repealing and replacing restrictive new gun control. Keep standing strong for our Constitutional Freedoms!
Protect our Second Amendment Rights and Proper Legislative Procedure
Please sign this petition to build support for repealing and replacing the S.A.F.E. Act with legislation that will allow for public input and follow the proper legislative process. This debate has not even had a chance for discussion, and is not something that should be taken lightly. Every New Yorker who supports the Second Amendment should sign this petition to show that we can make meaningful strides to prevent gun violence and start addressing the serious problem of mental illness.
I need your support if we are going to bring about any real change in New York.
– NYS Assemblyman Steve Katz www.katz4ny.com
You didn’t elect me to the state Assembly to sit on the sidelines and watch our 2nd amendment rights be taken away. Tuesday, I stood on the Assembly floor and urged my colleges to re-think their decision to make law abiding gun owners criminals. We weren’t successful on Tuesday. but we still have a chance.
Join me and sign my petition which I will personally deliver to the Governor and Legislative Leaders.
Brewster, N.Y. – 1/18/2013 – Senator Greg Ball (Patterson – R, C, I) said, “Thank God the Journal News has finally realized the error in their judgment and done the right thing. Whether they did this responding to the public’s outcry or because they were simply fearful of getting sued due to the rash of burglaries and threats against law enforcement and victims of domestic violence, we will never know. Regardless, I am proud to have passed legislation keeping the Journal News from doing this ever again and proud to have been shoulder to shoulder with thousands of residents who were dealt a crappy hand by the eggheads at the Journal News.
State senators voted overwhelmingly, 43-18, to approve the NY SAFE Act of 2013, a package of gun control legislation that included State Senator Greg Ball’s pistol permit privacy bill, late Monday night. Ball was one of the nay votes.
A New York State Senator has lambasted the passing of what is being called the nation’s toughest gun control bill, saying that it was introduced during the middle of the night, and that members were forced to vote on the legislation when they had not even had a chance to read it.
Albany, N.Y. – 1/14/2013 – “We needed solid provisions to keep the violently, mentally ill from harming our communities, our kids and our families. That didn’t happen tonight. While much in this bill, as far as stiffer penalties for real criminals and help on the mental health front is good, the last minute push, in the middle of the night without critical public input from sportsmen and taxpayers was outrageous and forced members to vote on a bill they had not read.
Former State Trooper and Sheriff of Erie County Votes “No” On Omnibus Gun Control Package
“Recent tragic events have justifiably focused the nation’s collective attention on violence, and what can be done to ensure that our communities, neighborhoods and schools are safe.”
“As a career law enforcement professional, I am supportive of increasing penalties for illegal possession and the illegal use of weapons, keeping weapons out of the hands of criminals and those with mental health issues that endanger others, improved measures to combat gang activity, increased penalties for those who target first responders, and numerous other proven measures that enhance public safety.”
“For an issue of this importance, and its impact on our Second Amendment rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution, the legislation that was passed today lacked sufficient public input and discussion to ensure that we provide meaningful protection for our children, families and communities.
Stakeholders from across the state – including law enforcement, school safety officials, firearms dealers, mental health professionals, business owners, criminal profilers, law abiding gun owners and the public at large – never had the opportunity to comment or make their voices heard regarding this critical issue.
That is why I could not support this legislation for the residents of New York State.
This discussion must not end here. It must continue with all parties coming to the table so we may hear their ideas on how to protect our children and families.”
Assemblywoman Jane Corwin (R,C,I-Clarence) today blasted Governor Cuomo for pushing through unvetted legislation on gun control, calling the legislation an opportunity wasted. Assemblywoman Corwin voted against the bill.“It is very clear that our state – and our nation – need to take a serious look in the mirror and start talking about the deep-rooted problems plaguing our society. The subjects are difficult: mental health, criminal justice, and yes, part of that conversation needs to include access to illegal weapons. Yet, in lieu of having that conversation, Governor Cuomo tossed ‘transparency,’ ‘accountability’ and ‘openness’ aside to pursue his own personal political 2016 aspirations,” said Corwin. “Like the majority of residents in the 144th District, and all across our state, I am deeply disappointed with the governor on this issue.”In expressing her “no” vote on the bill, Assembly Bill 2388, Corwin stated multiple reasons why she felt she must vote against the bill. She said, “Obviously, we all want to protect our children. We want to keep guns out of the hands of the criminally insane and we want to keep these madmen out of our schools, neighborhoods and communities. Our number one priority as legislators is to ensure public safety; yet, when Albany had the chance to really have an open and honest conversation, lawmakers were bullied into passing a bill that not only fails to improve public safety but also swindles the people of our state in the 11th hour.
“There was no opportunity for the public to review or comment on the legislation, and, in fact, there was very little time given to lawmakers as well. The bill was negotiated in secret and unveiled to the media before given to legislators…to me that is not leadership, and I believe the people of our state deserve more than that,” said the Assemblywoman.
She continued, “Most disappointing is that, by freezing out a large portion of the State Legislature, the governor has also forgone his chance to hear the views of the people these legislators represent. He has missed an opportunity to create a better, more comprehensive bill by cherry-picking who he allows in the room. Had the governor chosen to be inclusive, open and transparent in this process, we could have provided the people of New York with meaningful legislation that addresses the serious problems of our society.
“Instead, we have a bill that does nothing to address illegal guns, while overreaching so far as to encroach on law-abiding residents’ constitutional rights. The mental health aspects of the bill resemble Swiss cheese, and the bill creates a bureaucratic mess that will drive up fees and do nothing to ensure public safety. For the people of New York, this was a missed opportunity. The governor let his own personal political agenda get in the way of doing what is right for our state and that is truly a failing indeed,” said Corwin.
Legal action against Cuomo gun law
NYSRPA, in co-operation with the NRA, are having the Cuomo law reviewed by a highly qualified legal team. We ask that no other 3rd party legal action be taken without prior consultation. We realize that this law impacts a large number of people, but a proper legal review will take some time. NYSRPA/NRA will be filing a Notice of Claim prior to submitting a brief on the merits of the constitutionality of the new gun law. Involved in the lawsuit will be two of the nations best 2nd Amendment attorneys. This is a very important proceeding and must be handled properly with the best lawyers. We will not win without support from gun owners. You can help either by joining/renewing your membership or making a online donation.
Please do not call or e-mail the office or directors asking for more information. Any announcements on this issue will be published here on our website. Thank you for your understanding.
- Confiscation of “assault weapons”
- Confiscation of ten round magazines
- Statewide database for all guns
- Continue to allow pistol permit holder’s information to be replaced to the public
- Label semiautomatic shotguns with more than 5 rounds or pistol grips as “assault weapons”
- Limit the number of rounds in a magazine to 5 and confiscation and forfeiture of banned magazines
- Limit possession to no more than two (2) magazines
- Limit purchase of guns to one gun per person per month
- Require re-licensing of all pistol permit owners
- Require renewal of all pistol permits every five years
- State issued pistol permits
- Microstamping of all guns in New York State
- Require licensing of all gun ammo dealers
- Mandatory locking of guns at home
- Fee for licensing, registering weapons
Tuesday, 15 January 2013 – Gov. Andrew Cuomo is being criticized by a good-government group and rank-and-file lawmakers for rushing his gun control law through secret meetings to make New York the first state to enact a measure since the Newtown, Conn., tragedy. Dick Dadey of Citizens Union says the closed-door negotiations followed by immediate votes were unnecessary for a bill in which most measures aren’t effective for 60 days. Dadey says public input and debate makes better laws.
- Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin discusses the New York SAFE Act, Part 1, Part 2.
- Assemblyman Steve Katz during floor debate
- Senator Kathleen Marchione’s comments on Cuomo bill
- Senator Greg Ball session comments – 1/14/13
- Mid-Hudson police officials say more restrictive gun, ammo laws won’t solve problem
- SUPPORT: Sen. Marchione’s petition to repeal Cuomo gun law / Sen. Larkin’s petition to repeal Cuomo gun law / Sen. Bonacic’s petition to repeal Cuomo gun law
- Contact Sheet
- Legislative Alerts / Legislative News / Legislative Report
Posted January 16th, 2013
In the wake of the interactive gun-map controversy, a number of persons mistakenly sent the Rockland County Times angry emails intended for the Journal News.
We here at the Rockland County Times have decided to publish these letters in the interest of showing exactly how the Journal News’ gun-map stunt made people around North America feel!
(Note—Most of the headlines were not provided and were added by the RCT editorial staff as per usual policy for Letter to the Editors. Those that are original headlines are in “quotes.” Also, most of the letter-writers offered their apologies upon learning they sent their letter to the wrong newspaper).
Here’s just a few of the headlines:
SAD, PATHETIC CREATURES; TRAITOR TO OUR FREEDOMS; APPALLING; HOW STUPID ARE YOU?; VERY DANGEROUS MOVE; JERKS!!!; OUTRAGE FROM MINNESOTA; LIBERAL HYPOCRISY; SECOND AMENDMENT PROTECTS THE FIRST AMENDMENT; YOU TWITS; …