The following message was sent out by SCOPE. Please contact your representatives.
NEW YORK FIREARMS BAN!
SCOPE is sending this Alert to put all firearm owners on notice that the time to act is now. New York State has positioned itself to pass the most draconian gun laws in the nation. Governor Cuomo is pressing hard to push these bills through. Without a majority in the State Senate to block these measures; their passage is a very real possibility.
We are asking all members to forward all SCOPE communications to concerned citizens on their contact lists and ask them to contact their legislators. Time is short and the consequences of inaction are unacceptable.
These bills, with the Governor pushing for confiscation or a permit system for Modern Sporting Rifles, represent the biggest threats we have faced since 1968. You cannot relax if you do not own one of these rifles because they will divide and separate. Your firearms are next of their list if they succeed here.
SCOPE’S leadership, while representing thousands of firearm owners through individual memberships and clubs, cannot fight this battle alone. This is your call to action. Your participation is no guarantee that we will win this important fight to protect your Constitutional rights but we can say with certainty that anything short of overwhelming our legislators with calls, emails and letters we have virtually no chance. Truth is the only thing that really motivates most legislators is their next election and by contacting your legislators and letting them know that your vote depends on their support is crucial.
We are doing everything within our power to defend your rights, but remember we are an all-volunteer group and we need you to join us in these efforts.
Here is the ACTION PLAN
According to Utah state senate bill SB36, proposed on 1/25/11 by Senator John L. Valentine and passed in 2/14/11, they have added verbiage that prevents non-resident permits from people living in states that do not have reciprocity with Utah. Considering NY does not recognize Utah permits, New York residents will no longer be able to apply for Utah non-resident permits.
This begins on May 10 2011 and beginning January 1 2012, it also applies to renewals of permits by non-residents. Your only chance is to try to get your permit before May 10th, and you’d have it for 5 years, or just go straight for your Florida state non-resident permit.
I’m not sure I can comment on why they would be doing this other than being fed up with non-resident permits as a whole. However, even by their estimates the state will lose $250K+ per year in fees alone. Either way this doesn’t seem to be a positive direction for for the second amendment.
Supreme Court Judge Thomas McNamara refused to rule on whether or not last week’s Senate “coup” was legal citing the New York State Constitution. “Courts may well be suited to analyzing such a question and providing a reasoned objective conclusion,” Judge Thomas McNamara wrote in his decision. “Nonetheless, a judicially imposed resolution would be an improvident intrusion into the internal workings of a co-equal branch of government.”
Judge McNamara may have been referring to the section of the NY State Constitution that reads:
§ 9. A majority of each house shall constitute a quorum to do business. Each house shall determine the rules of its own proceedings, and be the judge of the elections, returns and qualifications of its own members; shall choose its own officers; and the senate shall choose a temporary president and the assembly shall choose a speaker.
Hopefully this disagreement keeps any anti-gun bills from being voted on this session. Read an article about the decision here.
Details are still emerging but it appears that the GOP has taken control of the State Senate. News reports say that Pedro Espada Jr. of the Bronx and Hiram Monserrate of Queens, both democrats, voted with the republican minority to remove Senate majority leader Malcom Smith of Queens and return the senate to republican control. We’ll update as the situation develops.
Read about it in this article.
This morning state Senate leaders blocked members of NYSRPA, NRA and other pro-gun organizations from attending a meeting on microstamping today while the company that owns the microstamping technology, The Brady Campaign and New Yorkers Against Gun Violence were in attendance.
NYSRPA published a press release on the subject.
On February 26, 2009 the United States Senate voted on a bill that would restore the second amendment rights of the citizens of Washington DC. Although the bill passed, Kirsten Gillibrand, supposed pro-gun representative, voted no. Charles Schumer (D-NY) also voted no but that is no surprise.
The voting record for the bill can be seen HERE.
A summary of the portions of the bill that relate to firearms can be found HERE.