SCOPE NY

Briefings  from SCOPE President, Tom Reynolds

  • 07/24/2022 7:13 PM | Anonymous

    Albany Emergencies and Corruption  by Tom Reynolds

    Gov. Kathy Hochul’s emergency pandemic powers were renewed on July 14th through her own executive order, which extends the state disaster emergency through August 22nd, 2022.  This, despite COVID-19 cases and fatality levels dropping in a majority of the state.

    One of the many benefits granted to the governor from her emergency powers is the ability to hand out taxpayer-backed contracts without having to go through the normal bidding process. That process, along with the contract review and approval by the state comptroller’s office, are important safeguards to protect against wasteful spending and corruption.  But, Hochul says it’s an emergency, so waste and corruption are no longer a concern.

    Recently, Gov. Hochul used that lack of oversight to grant no-bid contract to the family of Charlie Tebele, whose Digital Gadgets LLC has already pulled in $637 million selling at-home test kits. Also noteworthy is the Tebele’s family’s $300,000 donation to the governor’s election campaign*.

    The governor is publicly going all-out to boost another donor, Vornado Realty head Steven Roth. He’s given nearly $70,000 to her campaign; his company is in line for $1.2 billion in tax breaks under her Penn Station redevelopment plan.**

    The $850 million, taxpayer-funded deal to build a $1.4 billion stadium for the Buffalo Bills is a big win for the firm of Kathy Hochul’s husband.  Bill Hochul is senior vice president and general counsel for Delaware North, the major food concessionaire at the Buffalo Bills’ current Highmark Stadium.  Delaware North has operated concessions, premium dining and retail services at the NFL’s Buffalo Bills since 1992***.  So, the existing vendor, with a direct connection to the governor, will be bidding on operating the concessions at the taxpayer financed new stadium.  

    From 1991 to 2016, Bill Hochul was an Assistant U.S. Attorney and then a U.S. Attorney.  After his wife became Lieutenant Governor, he resigned to become senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary to Delaware North.  Purely coincidence that when his wife moved into the NY executive offices he moved into the private sector where he and his wife could benefit from her connections?  His Wikipedia biography says he lectured frequently on corruption.  He should know!

    Emergencies happen and when they do officials need to react quickly.  But this also sets up the government for abuse by those same officials, something our founders were very concerned about.  What geniuses gave the governor the power to unilaterally make herself an empress?  Any chance there will be an emergency session of the state legislature to rescind her powers?  Any chance Hell will freeze over?

    Since his departure, we are finding out more and more about Andrew Cuomo’s use of his position to enrich himself and get reelected.  It appears that Kathy Hochul is intent on out Cuomoing Cuomo in just her two years in office.  Is she hurrying because she expects to only be in office for two years?   

    *Albany Times-Union July 19, 2022

    ** New York Post July 20, 2022

    *** Per Delaware North’s web site

  • 07/22/2022 10:09 AM | Anonymous

    Hochul’s Gun Control: Minorities and Women Hardest Hit  by Stephen M. Dallas

    When the U.S. Supreme Court solidified individual gun rights in NYSRPA v Bruen, accidental Governor Kathy Hochul and fellow democrats responded with a law that purported to institute a “shall issue” standard for pistol permits (and semi-automatic rifles).  But it retains mandates that applicants must demonstrate "good moral character," turn over their social media posts and undergo days, if not months, of training, background checks and in-person interviews.  The law also specifies a long list of "sensitive locations" where gun possession is a felony punishable by up to four years in prison. Those restrictions will make it nearly impossible for many permit holders to actually exercise the rights recognized by the high court. 

    While Hochul, no doubt, wants the public to think those restrictions will target “extremism” from “white supremacists,” in fact, these new laws will likely have a disparate—if not racist and sexist-- impact on disadvantaged groups, primarily minorities and women.

    During the run-up to Bruen decision, many groups submitted amicus briefs in opposition to New York’s gun laws, including the National African American Gun Association, Pinks Pistols, the Independent Women’s Law Center, the Black Attorneys of Legal Aid and several other public defender organizations.

    “Such laws invariably discriminate against the poor and minorities,” wrote the National African American Gun Association.

    Similarly, the Black Attorneys of Legal Aid quoted gun policy scholar David Kopel, who described New York’s original permitting law as a response to "concerns about …the huge number of immigrants, and race riots in which some blacks defended themselves with firearms." The brief notes that the law was enacted after "years of hysteria over violence that the media and the establishment attributed to racial and ethnic minorities—particularly black people and Italian immigrants."

    The public defenders said the restrictions inspired by such concerns continued to have a "brutal" impact on minority groups to the present day.  They calculated that it costs hundreds of dollars (now possibly thousands) to get a gun permit in New York, plus a great deal of time that is disproportionately difficult for the working poor to find.

    Echoing the need for equality in self-defense, the Independent Women’s Law Center filed a brief touting a popular conservative refrain: Guns are the “great equalizer” between men and women.

    Women are often at a self-defense disadvantage. Having firearms allows them to be able to protect themselves from situations in which they might be in danger,” said Erin Morrow Hawley, a senior legal fellow with the Center.

    In a violent confrontation, guns reverse the balance of power. Armed with a gun, a woman may even have the advantage over a violent attacker. An armed woman does not need superior strength or the proximity of a hand-to-hand struggle. She can protect herself or others who are vulnerable to an assailant.  With multiple rounds of ammunition, at her disposal, she has a chance even against multiple attackers.

    John Lott, a law professor at the University of Chicago, has conducted research suggesting that "murder rates decline when either sex carries more guns, but the effect is especially pronounced when women are considered separately."

    In other words, reducing choice for gun owners disproportionately punishes minorities and women.  

    As the Supreme Court pointed out in Bruen, the primary purpose of the Second Amendment is to preserve the right of the people to keep and bear arms for self-defense.   Therefore, while the Court noted that some burdens on the Second Amendment may be constitutionally acceptable, the Court also said that “because any permitting scheme can be put toward abusive ends, we do not rule out constitutional challenges to shall-issue regimes where, for example, lengthy wait times in processing license applications or exorbitant fees deny ordinary citizens their right to public carry.” 

    Hochul’s new burdens would seem to be such a denial of “ordinary citizens their right to public carry.”     That denial may, for the above reasons, hit minorities and women the hardest.

    In response to Hochul’s new gun control laws, State Sen. Andrew J. Lanza, R-Staten Island, pointed out that the laws are likely to impede the ability of individuals in minority communities, including New York City, to obtain a permit. For the required training, Lanza noted, the "nearest place may be 100 miles away" from Manhattan.

    The new requirements may also prove especially difficult for working women and stay at home caregivers.  According to the National Women’s Law Center, 2.2 million women left the labor force between February and October of 2020, due to family needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Bipartisan Policy Center found that women were twice as likely as men to say they left work for caregiving responsibilities due to childcare provider or school closures.

    Despite these responsibilities, they are now expected to leave their children and jobs to attend 16 hours of in-person training and an in-person interview which may only be available at a great distance from their homes.

    As Elie Mystal, justice correspondent for the progressive “Nation” magazine conceded, “gating access to (a constitutional right) behind a $400 fee and an enormous time sink is not something we do for other constitutional principles.”

    According to Lanza, Hochulthinks it's okay to tell New Yorkers that the constitution does not apply to you, that you're not worthy of being able to protect your life.... When the governor tells the people of the state of New York that they are now more safe because of this legislation, the truth is they will be less safe."

    If Hochul’s gun control laws tell New Yorkers they are not worthy of being able to defend themselves and if gun control hurts minorities and women the hardest, it stands to reason that Hochul has told these groups they are, in the minds of her and her fellow democrats, second-class citizens. 

    New Yorkers should reject the Governor’s racism and sexism and restore these rights to all.

  • 07/19/2022 11:22 AM | Anonymous

    New - New York Laws  by Tom Reynolds

    In three 2nd Amendment cases (D.C. v Heller, McDonald v Chicago, NYSRPA v Bruen) the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) has repeatedly stated that the purpose of the 2nd Amendment is self-defense. 

    In her abyss of wisdom, unelected Governor Kathy Hochul disagreed with SCOTUS and the constitutionally protected right of self-defense, so she called an emergency session of the NY legislature to pass quickly-developed, poorly thought-out laws under a “Finding of Necessity” - which is only supposed to be used for true emergencies. 

    Actually, these laws are only poorly thought out if you believe their purpose was to protect NY citizens.  If you believe their purpose was to destroy the 2nd Amendment, then they were smart...UNconstitutional…but smart. 

    New York’s legislature and its governor declared war on self-defense and the U.S. Constitution.  Do Hochul and her Democrat counterparts care that much of the laws passed violate the three SCOTUS decisions referenced?  They will care only if it costs them victory in the next election.  That is the only action to punish Hochul and her friends that believers in the U.S. Constitution have available.  Sue the Democrat leadership or Hochul and New York State defends them on the taxpayers’ dime.  If Hochul and company lose, NY State pays the damages and Hochul and company continue in office.

    Since they are effectively immunized from any retaliation except by the vote, Hochul and company are free to fight to neuter-the-2nd-Amendment .  They are attacking on many fronts under their newly passed laws.

    Make the financial cost of a gun too expensive for most people:

    The new laws require 16 hours of training including 2 hours of live fire with proficiency standards.  Estimates vary but figure on $400 for the training plus ammunition.  Already a concealed carry permit holder?  You will also have to complete this course. 

    Most will probably have to take time off from work to fulfill these bureaucratic’ requirements. 

    The requirements to be a trainer have yet to be established but - let’s go out on a limb and say that - NRA instructors need not apply.

    “No person shall store or otherwise leave a rifle, shotgun, or firearm out of his or her immediate possession or control inside a vehicle without first removing the ammunition from and securely locking such rifle, shotgun, or firearm in an appropriate safe storage depository out of sight from outside of the vehicle.”

    If you leave your gun in your car, it must be in a safe storage container and out of sight.  Costs start at $150 and go up.

    You must use a "safe storage depository" with a key, keypad, or some other locking mechanism. Retrieve the gun in a timely fashion in an emergency?  Not likely.

    Keep the stored gun out of sight?  What if the gun is a rifle or shotgun?  Not so easy and maybe impossible.

    Microstamping will be required, even though it is ineffective and easily defeated by criminals.  But it will add to the cost of the gun

    Note: there are numerous other proposed laws to add to the cost of owning a firearm such as an $800 yearly liability insurance premium and a 1,000% tax on firearm sales!  So much for self-defense being practiced by the poor.

    Make the licensing process so bureaucratic that applicants will not try:

    Licensing now requires an in-person interview with the licensing officer.  Who is the licensing officer?  Sheriff?  Judge?  Licensing clerk?  NY State Trooper?  Whoever it is, expect that they will work nights and weekends to make things easy for the applicant.  (Sarcasm intended.)  

    Four (4) character references who can attest to the applicant's good moral character and that such applicant has not engaged in any acts, or made any statements that suggest they are likely to engage in conduct that would result in harm to themselves or others.” 

    Who will be willing to attest (not saying “to the best of their knowledge”) about every act or statement you may have made?  And if you should happen to commit a crime at some later date, can these people be sued by the victim?

    Recertify every 3 years instead of the current 5 years.

    A list of all social media accounts for the last three years and “…such other information requested by the licensing officer that is reasonably necessary”.  An anti-2A interviewer would never dream of jumping into an opening like “…such other information” in order to legally harass you.  (Sarcasm again intended.)

    A misdemeanor driving while intoxicated conviction within the last 5 years may not cost you your driver’s license but it will cost you your firearms permit.  Apparently, Hochul believes it is better to run over people than shoot them.

    A license is now required to purchase or take possession of a semi-automatic rifle and you must be 21 years of age.  However, if you are not 21, you can still vote, have an abortion and decide to change your gender.

    I could go on, but you get the idea.

    Drive retailers out of business so fewer legal places exists to buy a firearm in NY while driving up prices in gun stores that remain open:

    “…firearms, rifles and shotguns shall be secured, other than during business hours, in a locked fireproof safe or vault on the dealer's business premises or in a secured and locked area on the dealer's business premises.”

    The dealer must remove dozens of firearms from display and store them in some secure area every night and then put them back on display in the morning.  (Will this encourage retailers to stay open 24/7/365 as a cheaper alternative?)

    “…ammunition shall be stored separately from firearms, rifles and shotguns and out of reach of customers.” 

    Another separate nightly secured storage area for ammo?  During store hours, add another clerk to wait on customers who formerly waited on themselves.

    The dealer's business premises shall be secured by a security alarm system that is installed and maintained by a security alarm operator properly licensed pursuant to article six-D of this chapter.” 

    Add several thousand per year extra costs for this but…a windfall profit for security system operators.  (Is it possible there was some greasing-of-palms to get this included?  Nah.  Never in New York.  [Sarcasm intended again.])

    And after the firearms dealers invest thousands to meet these requirements, NYS will now start inspecting their paperwork along with BATFE.  Dealers can lose their license over a minor paperwork error or a clerk’s unintended mistake.  Thousands of dollars and a business at risk over a minor paperwork error.

    “The Gun Writer” reports that in the years before the Biden-Harris administration took over the White House, the ATF usually revoked an average of 40 Federal Firearm Licenses per year. But, in the 18 months since Joe Biden declared war on “rogue gun dealers,” the ATF has revoked 273 FFLs.

    Free speech used to include the right to be silent.

    Per NYS: A person is guilty of criminal possession of a weapon in a restricted location when such person possesses a firearm, rifle, or shotgun and enters into or remains on or in private property where such person knows or reasonably should know that the owner or lessee of such property has not permitted such possession by clear and conspicuous signage indicating that the carrying of firearms, rifles, or shotguns on their property is permitted or has otherwise given express consent.

    All private property in New York is now a gun free zone.  Private property owners must now affirmatively declare firearms are welcome in order to NOT be a gun free zone.  Firearm possession on that private property is a class E felony.  The NYSRPA decision specifically addressed this and Hochul and company just spit in SCOTUS’ eye and dared them to do something.  

    This put non gun retailers in the middle of something not of their choosing, when they only want to sell their product. If a retailer posts a pro-2A sign, they may anger the anti-2A element.  Not post a sign, and gun owners may be angry. 

    The Gun Clubs will now have to post a sign that guns are welcome or members have committed a crime by bringing a gun to the gun club.

    Also included is a long list of areas that are specifically labelled gun free zones.  For instance, the NY City subway system is filled with crime, including violent assaults.  But everyone, including the elderly and women, will just have to take the beating and then testify later in court - if they dare and are still alive

    Have any of these geniuses in Albany noted that shootings happen in gun free zones?

    You are a felon and don’t know it:

    An old business saying is, “Don’t think of it as a problem, think of it as an opportunity.” 

    Violate most of these new laws and you become a criminal, probably a class E felon. The “opportunity” to become a felon might discourage one from getting a firearm, since there are now so many “opportunities”.

  • 07/18/2022 10:47 AM | Anonymous

    Violence  by Tom Reynolds

    For their 2021 book, The Violence Project: How to Stop a Mass Shooting Epidemic, Jillian Peterson and James Densley constructed a database of every mass shooting in the United States since 1966. They found a pattern among perpetrators.  It’s interesting to see some of their findings as they give insight into what drives these murderers - and it’s not access to a gun. 

    POLITICO talked to Peterson and Densely about mass shooters. (It should be noted that Politico is a left leaning organization.  We ignored some comments that had a blatant leftist agenda as we could not tell if that was the authors’ bias or Politico’s bias.  However, the author’s psychological findings are worth reviewing since gun control advocates ignore them in favor of banning guns.)

    Peterson: Mass shootings are socially contagious and when one really big one happens and gets a lot of media attention, we tend to see others follow.

    You had an 18-year-old commit a horrific mass shooting. His name is everywhere…That shooter was able to get our attention. So, if you have another 18-year-old who is on the edge and watching everything, that could be enough to embolden him to follow. We have seen this happen before.

    Peterson: There’s this really consistent pathway. Early childhood trauma seems to be the foundation, whether violence in the home, sexual assault, parental suicides, extreme bullying. Then you see the build toward hopelessness, despair, isolation, self-loathing, oftentimes rejection from peers. That turns into a really identifiable crisis point where they’re acting differently. Sometimes they have previous suicide attempts.

    What’s different from traditional suicide is that the self-hate turns against a group. They start asking themselves, “Whose fault is this?” Is it a racial group or women or a religious group, or is it my classmates? The hate turns outward. There’s also this quest for fame and notoriety.

    People aren’t used to thinking that this kind of thing could be real because the people who do mass shootings are evil, psychopathic monsters and this is a kid in my class. Three days earlier, that school shooter was somebody’s son, grandson, neighbor, colleague or classmate. We have to recognize them as the troubled human being earlier if we want to intervene before they become the monster.

    What is the pathway to violence for these people, where does this come from?

    Politico: In your book, you say that in an ideal world, 500,000 psychologists would be employed in schools around the country. If you assume a modest salary of $70,000 a year, that amounts to over $35 billion in funding. Are you seeing any national or state-level political momentum for even a sliver of these kind of mental health resources?

    DensleyEvery time these tragedies happen, you always ask yourself, “Is this the one that’s going to finally move the needle?” The Republican narrative is that we’re not going to touch guns because this is all about mental health. Well then, we need to ask the follow-up question of what’s the plan to fix that mental health problem. Nobody’s saying, “Let’s fund this, let’s do it, we’ll get the votes.” That’s the political piece that’s missing here. Too often in politics it becomes an either-or proposition. Gun control or mental health. 

    SCOPE: It’s interesting that Densley singles out Republicans about not funding mental health issues when it’s Democrats who immediately single out the problem as guns and give lip service to mental health, since the Democrats real goal is no guns and is not increased mental health.  As evidence, consider Kathy Hochul’s much taunted recent gun laws which do not deal with mental health issues.

    Politico: I was struck by a detail in your book about one of the perpetrators you investigated. Minutes before he opened fire, you report that he called a behavior health facility. Is there always some form of reaching out or communication of intent before it happens?

    Peterson: You don’t see it as often with older shooters who often go into their workplaces. But for young shooters, it’s almost every case. We have to view this “leakage” as a cry for help. If you’re saying, “I want to shoot the school tomorrow,” you are also saying, “I don’t care if I live or die.” You’re also saying, “I’m completely hopeless,” and you’re putting it out there for people to see because part of you wants to be stopped.

    We have to listen because pushing people out intensifies their grievance and makes them angrier. The Parkland shooter had just been expelled from school and then came back. This is not a problem we can punish our way out of.

    SCOPE: Perhaps we can’t punish our way out but there has to be personal responsibility for bad acts.  Most people, not just the kind of people described earlier, will see a lack of being held responsible for bad acts as a green light.

  • 07/15/2022 10:33 AM | Anonymous

    KAMALA QUOTES  by Tom Reynolds

    Some quotes from the person only “one heartbeat from the presidency”.  Remember these quotes the next time someone calls for Joe Biden’s impeachment and remember which political party brought you both Joe and Kamala.

    “I think that, to be very honest with you, I do believe that we should have rightly believed what we certainly believe, that certain issues are just settled.”

    “The significance of the passage of time, right?  The significance of the passage of time, so when you think about it there is great significance to the passage of time.  There is such great significance to the passage of time.”

    For Jamaica, one of the issues that has been presented as an issue that is economic in the way its impact has been the pandemic…We will assist Jamaica in Covid recovery by assisting in terms of the recovery efforts in Jamaica that have been essential.”

    “Space is exciting.  It spurs the imaginations and forces us to ask big questions.  Space, it affects us all, and it connects us all.”

    “When we talk about children of the community, they are a children of the community.”

    “We will work together and continue to work together to address these issues, to tackle these challenges, and to work together as we continue to work, operating from the new norms, rules and agreements that we will convene to work together on, to galvanize global action…and I know we will work on this together.”

    “Despite the odds and obstacles, we push to move forward, that we are guided by what we see, that can be, unburdened by what has been.”

    “I think there can be no higher priority than what we have been clear is our highest priority.”

    “We got to take this stuff seriously, as seriously as you are because you have been forced to have to take it seriously.”

    “Despite all the odds and obstacles, we push to move forward, that we are guided by what we see, that can be unburdened by what has been.”

    Of course, there is future Obama VP Joe Biden’s quote about then Senator Barack Obama: I mean, you’ve got the first sort of mainstream African American who is articulate and bright and clean.  That’s a storybook, man.” 

    At least Biden did not later describe his future VP as “articulate and bright and clean”.  Articulate would really have been a stretch.

  • 07/12/2022 5:53 PM | Anonymous

    Lawsuits Everywhere  by Tom Reynolds

    For too long, conservatives, in general, and gun owners, in particular, have been put on the defensive by the never-ending attacks from the left. Der Fuhreress, Kathy Hochul, attempted to continue this trend with the latest gun control laws in which she tries to out Cuomo Cuomo.  (Note that Cuomo passed the SAFE Act using a Writ of Necessity to bypass measured debate and Hochul’s laws were passed in the same way.) 

    Fortunately, some gun owners are going on the offensive and New York will now be buried in lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of those laws.  Let’s hope this will keep New York’s anti 2nd Amendment Attorney General Letitia James busy defending those laws instead of dreaming up new attacks on gun owners.  Of course, James is working on the taxpayer’s dime so money is not an issue for her.

    Note that this suit was filed in federal court to bypass Cuomo appointed judges in New York State courts.  The Southern District of NY is not the most liberal court in the USA but it’s “up there”, so appeals will probably happen, no matter who prevails in that court.

    Below is a link to an article which explains the background very well.

    The link also includes the actual lawsuit.  It’s worth reading the “Allegations of Fact” to discover how difficult, time consuming and expensive it is to get a pistol permit in New York City.  (It’s almost as if the city does not want you to have a permit!)

    The only down side to these lawsuits – other than they are necessary – is that gun owners who might have gotten motivated to – let’s say do something like – VOTE, will once again go inactive and let someone else do all the work.  We can’t let that happen or the anti 2A’s will once again win in November and double down on their attacks. 

    We are hearing that even more lawsuits are coming.  

    N.Y. Gov. Hochul Sued Over Requirement to Hand Over Social Media Accounts to Apply for Gun License – Professional Troublemaker ® (professional-troublemaker.com)

  • 07/12/2022 5:50 PM | Anonymous

    Interpretations of New Gun Laws  by Mike Jankowski, Wayne County Clerk

    Gun owners in New York State have been searching for answers about the confusing new laws that the Der Fuhrer(ess)’ regime has just implemented.  Wayne County Clerk Mike Jankowski has attempted to clarify some of the new laws.  The below link will give you access to “View the Firearm Fact Sheet”, where Mike explains his understanding of the new laws.  (Please understand that the procedures may vary from county to county and there will be future reinterpretations, but this is a good starting point.)

    If you are an attorney or masochist – or both – and want to read the actual 20 page law entitled, Licensing and other provisions related to firearms”, Mike’s web site also gives you access to it on “Pistol Restrictions Law

    https://web.co.wayne.ny.us/186/County-Clerk

    Thanks to Mike Jankowski for his efforts.

  • 07/08/2022 10:58 AM | Anonymous

    NYSSA Chimes in too  by Tom Reynolds

    Yesterday, we brought you a statement on Hochul’s new gun laws by the President of the NY State Troopers’ PBA.  Today, the NY State Sheriff’s Association has also spoken out.   Apparently, only Kathy Hochul and her Democrat counterparts in the legislature feel that those new laws were necessary and were handled properly.

    Our only disagreement with the NYSSA is that “some action was necessary.”  As we have stated many times, decisions made in moments of emotion are usually wrong.  What was necessary was a “time out” to contemplate if laws were necessary and, if so, that they are effective laws and not more “feel good laws” from the left.

    We could not agree more that the Democrats’ so-called Bail Reform Law is a disaster.  Now there is a law worth declaring a “necessity” to repeal.  But, as Hochul and company prove once again with these new laws, law-abiding citizens are at the bottom of their priorities while criminals take priority.

    NEW YORK STATE SHERIFF’S ASSOCIATION STATEMENT ON PASSAGE OF NEW YORK GUN LAW.

    Once again the New York State Legislature has seen fit to pass sweeping new criminal justice laws that affect the rights of millions of New York citizens, and which impose burdensome new duties on local government officials, without any consultation with the people who will be responsible for carrying out the provisions of those new laws.  This has become a habit with the Legislature and has resulted in other criminal justice disasters such as New York’s so-called Bail Reform Law.

    Some action by the Legislature was necessary to fill the firearms licensing vacuum created when the Supreme Court struck down New York’s unconstitutional restrictions on our citizens’ right to keep and bear arms.  But it did not need to be thoughtless, reactionary action, just to make a political statement.

    The new firearms law language first saw the light of day on a Friday morning and was signed into law Friday afternoon.  A parliamentary ruse was used to circumvent the requirement in our State Constitution that Legislators — and the public — must have three days to study and discuss proposed legislation before it can be taken up for a vote.  The Legislature’s leadership claimed, and the Governor agreed, that it was a “necessity” to pass the Bill immediately, without waiting the Constitutionally required three days, even though the law would not take effect for two full months.  Consequently, law enforcement agencies and the courts, which bear most of the responsibility for implementing the new licensing laws, were deprived of any opportunity to point out to Legislators the burdensome, costly, and unworkable nature of many of the new laws’ provisions.  And, of course, our citizens, whose rights are once again being circumscribed, probably again in unconstitutional ways, had no opportunity to communicate their concerns to their legislative representatives.

    We want to be clear: The Sheriffs of New York do strongly support reasonable licensing laws that aim to assure that firearms do not get into the wrong hands.  We do not support punitive licensing requirements that aim only to restrain and punish law-abiding citizens who wish to exercise their Second Amendment rights.  If we had been consulted before passage of these laws, we could have helped the Legislators discern the difference between those two things, and the result would have been better, more workable licensing provisions that respect the rights of our law-abiding citizens and punish the lawbreakers.

  • 07/08/2022 10:42 AM | Anonymous

    The Best Laid Plans Of Mice and Men Sometimes Go Astray  by Tom Reynolds

    You may have missed it, but Senator Patrick Leahy has a broken hip and that may be the most consequential news in the last two weeks of consequential news.  The 82-year-old in question had surgery after a fall last Thursday and is said to be resting comfortably.

    Per verywell health’s web site, ‘full healing of a broken hip can take many months. Most fractures take 10-12 weeks for healing, and the muscle strength and mobility can take much longer. Typically, people get close to their full recovery within 6 months of the injury, but it can take up to a full year to achieve as much improvement as possible.’

    While Leahy recuperates, he won’t be able to cast votes and Democrats won’t be able to pass anything on a straight party line vote. 

    With polls predicting a Republican wave in the November election, just six months from now there will be a new and possibly Republican majority Senate.  If Joe Biden and the extreme left wants to push through their extreme agenda and confirm extreme appointments such as judges and the BATFE Director, their window is narrowing to the period when Leahy is back.  (And remember, at 82 healing is usually slow.)  It’s likely Leahy won’t be available until after Labor Day and probably only available for big votes for awhile after that.  As the elections get close, about one-third of the Senate will want to be campaigning and, also, they’ll want to avoid controversial Senate votes that will cost them votes.

    Up until now, the Senate was split 50-50 but Vice President Kamala Harris could cast a tie breaking vote.  Democrat Senator Joe Manchin was often the only vote for common sense among Democrat Senators and he kept some of their most egregious bills from passing. 

    If – and it’s a big if – Republicans hold the line they can stop the Democrats cold, at least for the next few months.  They would also have the ability to trade votes on issues if they wanted to go on offense.

    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer will be spending some time planning out how to get the biggest bang in the shortest time, and for him – as usual – politics will dominate his thinking.  (Oh yeah, he’s one of the Senators running for reelection.)  He’ll have to work on both a best-case and worst-case scenario AND he’ll also have to coordinate with Nancy Pelosi who has to coordinate with her own radical left.  Won’t that be fun.    

    Although New York’s Democrat two Senators will be no help, now is the time to contact the Senate Minority leaders: Mitch McConnell (Minority Leader); John Thune (Whip); John Barrasso (Conference Chairman) and tell them you will be watching and you expect them to hold-the-line.  They have a chance to cement in the November election or blow up their lead

    Contact Mitch McConnell

    Contact John Thune

    Contact John Barrasso

    202-224-2541

    202-224-2321

    202-224-6441

    *phone numbers above are from US Senate website; if incorrect, Senate Switchboard: 202-224-3121*


  • 07/06/2022 8:31 AM | Anonymous

    Message from NY StateTrooper PBA President Tom Mungeer

    Arbitrary and Capricious - Legislating by Knee-Jerk Reaction

    As expected, Gov. Kathy Hochul’s convening of an extraordinary session of the New York State Legislature this week to hastily draft and vote on new, asinine gun “safety” legislation in response to the United States Supreme Court's decision in NYSRPA v. Bruen - which our governor called reckless and reprehensible - was nothing short of a complete shit-show.

     Senators and members of the Assembly congregated from around the state in Albany Thursday only to find there was no actual legislation to read, only disjointed ideas being discussed behind closed doors. As of this writing, there still is no definitive concrete plan. The following is my ranting op-ed about what the Governor seems to want to enact.

    Under the conceptual new concealed carry law, guns would be banned from “sensitive areas” such as government buildings, parks, mass transit, health and medical facilities, places where children gather, daycare centers, schools, zoos, playgrounds, polling places, educational institutions and places where alcohol is served.  It also added new training courses and safe storage requirements in vehicles plus requirements in the purchase of ammunition for guns that require a permit, including that a check will be required to purchase ammunition, and a permit will need to be shown at the time of purchase. In addition, any private business is considered off limits for concealed carry permit holders unless there is a sign displayed saying otherwise. 

    I find it rather ironic that they want guns banned from “any gathering of individuals to collectively express their constitutional right to protest or assemble.” So, you can protest the new gun law as long as you don’t have a gun. The only thing that they seem to have gotten right is that it appears, for now, that active and retired law enforcement will be exempt from the new regulations (as of this writing).

    When asked where one could possibly go with a concealed weapon as a result of the new law, Governor Hochul replied, “Probably some streets.” (Are you kidding me? Our elected officials are out of their damn minds!)

    In response, I think I’ll defer to the majority opinion written by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas who stated, “expanding the category of ‘sensitive places’ simply to all places of public congregation that are not isolated from law enforcement defines the category of ‘sensitive places’ far too broadlyand would eviscerate the general right to publicly carry arms for self-defense…”

    According to constitutional expert Andrew Lieb, "It's very unclear if it's going to appease the new Supreme Court standard and it's likely going to result in another Second Amendment constitutional crisis." 

    Legislating by knee-jerk reaction has proven time and time again to not work. When you create bad policy, you create bad law. According to the opinions of more than a few, many aspects of this law are unconstitutional as well. Where else but New York can a group of elected officials get together and collectively punish - not the criminals who will do whatever they want anyway - but the millions of law-abiding citizens who legally own a firearm? As we all know, criminals aren’t going to go out and get a concealed carry permit before committing armed robbery.

    Cue the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association. Your turn, ladies and gentlemen.

    A Voice from the Other Side of the Aisle

    "They create a target for criminals. If you're going to identify a location and you're going to tell the criminal that at that location there will be no law-abiding New Yorkers who will safely and securely carry a firearm for their own self-defense, you are putting the safety of other people at that location at risk. So, I actually think what they're doing in Albany will make New York less safe."

    -          GOP gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin

    Who’s Out of Touch? Governor Hochul’s Top 10 Quotes from this Week

    10) This is not the wild west. This is New York state.

    9) The SCOTUS is ruling “totally out of touch” with what most New York residents want.

    8) We [State elected officials] know that we have more powers than people may realize and we're going to institute those to make sure New Yorkers are safe.

    7) I can't shut off all places. The decision said you cannot say the entire island of Manhattan is off limits. I will go right up to the line. I will not cross the line.

    6) I'm trying to prevent deaths while respecting the rights of gun owners. We'll find the right balance. I'm very familiar with the culture and I understand people's concerns, but I have a responsibility to protect lives in this state, and that's what I'm doing.

    5) While the Supreme Court's appalling decision to strike down New York State's concealed carry law has potentially vast and far-reaching implications, it does not activate any immediate changes to State gun license and permit laws, nor does it allow residential permit owners to carry their weapons outside their homes. As the case returns to lower court, we encourage responsible gun owners to continue to follow their current restrictions, and always put safety first. 

    4) The presumption is that private property owners will not want to have concealed carry weapons on their premises, but should they decide they do, they would actually affirmatively put a sign in their window...'Concealed carry weapons welcome here' - otherwise the presumption will be in the state of New York that they are not.

    3) If the federal government will not have sweeping laws to protect us, then our states and our governors have a moral responsibility to do what we can and have laws that protect our citizens because of what is going on - the insanity of the gun culture that has now possessed everyone all the way up to, even to the Supreme Court.

    2) This is dealing with the fact that the Supreme Court less than one week ago turned our world upside down. And now it says that there's gonna be a much higher number of people walking our streets going on the subway sitting next to someone on a bus unless we take the action to protect our citizens.

    1) When asked if she had “the numbers to show it’s the concealed carry permit holders that are committing crimes” – “I don’t need to have numbers. I don’t need to have a data point to say this.”

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