Senate Republicans did pass a bill to make a variety of changes to the measure, which was approved in 2013 and championed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
But Assembly Democrats and Cuomo showed no appetite to follow suit, so no revisions will be made.
“Am I disappointed? Absolutely, and I think the gun owners of New York state are going to be disappointed also,” said Thomas King, the president of the state Rifle & Pistol Association.
The lack of action on the SAFE Act will create further friction within the Republican Party: upstate GOP members loathe the law, but Long Island Republicans voted for it in 2013 — including new Senate Republican Leader John Flanagan, R-Suffolk County.
“Flanagan had a chance to unite the Republican Party, but he didn’t,” Assemblyman Bill Nojay, R-Pittsford, Monroe County, a gun-rights advocate, said.
Nojay said Flanagan should have pressed harder in negotiations for SAFE Act changes, saying Flanagan had leverage when it came to New York City Democrats who wanted rent-control laws.
“This is a huge disappointment for the Second Amendment community, and it’s not a good omen for the Republicans in the state Senate,” Nojay said. “They always ask for our support for the past two and a half years. They have failed to deliver on anything.”
Flanagan narrowly beat out Syracuse Sen. John DeFrancisco for the Senate leadership post last month after the resignation of Dean Skelos as leader amid corruption charges. Six upstate senators went with Flanagan over their fellow upstate member, which irked upstate leaders and led Flanagan to pledge to revisit the SAFE Act.
The Republicans who voted for Flanagan behind closed doors were: Cathy Young of the Southern Tier; Michael Nozzolio of the Finger Lakes; Hugh Farley of the Albany area; James Seward of the Mohawk Valley; and William Larkin and John Bonacic of the Catskills.
Stephen Aldstadt, president of the Shooters Committee on Public Education, said talk of primaries against Senate Republicans who backed Flanagan will likely grow after the SAFE Act was left untouched.
“There are a lot of people angry” over the law, Aldstadt said. “They are still as angry as they ever were.”
SOURCE :: Democrat & Chronicle
On Wednesday, the Senate recalled Senate Bill 4686, sponsored by Senator Tony Avella (D-11). This move should successfully block this harmful bill from passing the Legislature as lawmakers enter the final hours of the 2015 session. The bill, backed by animal “rights” groups, would ban the importation, possession, sale or transportation of the “Big Five African Species” to include hunting trophies. According to the bill’s definition, the “Big Five African Species” means the African elephant, African lion, African leopard, black rhinoceros and white rhinoceros.
The NRA has actively opposed this legislation as it would prevent hunters in New York from participating in legal hunting activity and bringing home their trophies. It would also have a deleterious impact on these species by restricting sportsmen who are willing to invest tens of thousands of dollars for these hunts. This money is a critical component of wildlife conservation efforts in Africa. Furthermore, the importation of these trophies (like any species listed under CITES Appendix I, II, or III) is already strictly regulated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) in accordance with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species and Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The NRA supports efforts to conserve all wildlife species and to stop poaching, but the proposed ban of the import, possession, sale or transportation in New York of lawfully obtained “Big Five African Species” would not affect illegal activity in Africa.
SOURCE :: NRA-ILA
Assemblyman Pete Lopez introduced a bill last Thursday that would extend New York City’s current rent laws for four years. The best part of this bill is that Part B of the legislation would repeal Chapter 1 of the Laws of 2013, also know as the NY SAFE Act.
In an interview, Lopez said that this was an attempt to draw attention to what he said was “a huge disconnect between cultures,” referring to the people that live in the five boroughs versus the people living in upstate rural New York. He said that upstate residents in general place the same importance on the preservation of Second Amendment rights that New York City dwellers reserve for the preservation of affordable housing.
Lopez also said the controversial 2013 gun control law was a failure as an attempt to stop violence, and said that he’s not ignorant of the root causes of crime.
From the justification memo for the Lopez bill:
The SAFE Act has been surrounded by controversy since its enactment in 2013. The bill, riddled with errors and omissions, was passed with no time for public input or thoughtful consideration by the Legislature. The provisions contained within the SAFE Act, have been roundly criticized as an attack on Second Amendment rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution. Consequently, it is no surprise that key provisions of the SAFE Act have not been implemented and several court cases challenging its constitutionality are pending. While many agree more needs to be done to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and those suffering from mental illness, the SAFE Act does not, and has not, addressed these societal challenges but instead has targeted law-abiding citizens who use firearms for sport and self-defense. New York City rent regulation has been equally controversial and viewed by some as a violation of private property rights of building owners. The passage of rent regulation legislation has been contentious, with the last four-year extender passed at the very close of Legislative Session in 2011. Missing from any discussion surrounding the SAFE Act has been the collective call to address the root causes of violence in our society. Understandably, urban and inner-city populations might look at a fire arm as a threat but what has been failed to be addressed is the acknowledgment that a fire arm is only a weapon when used as such. In today’s culture of violence, a rock, a stick, or even someone’s bare hands, could have the same devastating impact as a gun when used with malicious intent. The sponsor believes our collective challenge is to provide a framework that gives people hope and opportunity; in combination, education, job skills, job placement, clean decent housing, and mental health and other counseling services, can have a marked impact on shaping people’s lives. This legislation simply seeks to bring the priorities of two very different cultures to the forefront in an effort to get both sides to talk to each other both meaningfully and sincerely. It is hoped the dialogue fostered by this bill can help New Yorkers find common ground that promotes freedoms and offers protections and security to those in need.
We will have to wait and see if this will gain any traction.
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.