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  • 06/09/2024 5:43 AM | Anonymous

    Anyone seen this headline lately? “Guns are now the Leading Cause of Death for American Children”? We are being told that guns are now responsible for more deaths of “children”’ than automobile accidents  

    The problem lies in the meaning of the word “children” and the source(s) of the data. Children are identified as those in the age bracket of either 1-19 or 1-24 depending upon the source. 

    What they fail to mention is that the deaths may have been the result of drug or gang activity. One source of such misleading information is the Gun Violence Archive (GVA), a nonprofit that has a penchant for sensational headlines. 

    Unfortunately, the New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, USA Today as well as a number of other media outlets use GVA’s broad definition of “mass shootings”. It includes both deaths and wounded, excepted for the shooter. The FBI, on the other hand, uses “mass murders” or “mass killings” which includes only deaths. 

    Thus, the difference in data for a recent year whereby GVA listed over 400 mass “shootings” versus the FBI’s total of 30 using its much narrower definition.



  • 04/03/2024 9:29 PM | Anonymous

    In a classic example of the New York’s legislature’s signature style of “pass gun control laws first, figure out if they work later,” it became apparent once the SAFE Act was passed that the ammunition background check mandate was unachievable at the time. The-then police superintendent advised that his agency lacked the technology to implement the requirement and had “no idea when ammunition background checks… will begin across the state.”

    A further complication is that the entire ammunition background check database project was placed in abeyance due to a 2015 memorandum of understanding (MOU). The agreement, entered into by the Cuomo Administration and then-Republican Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, promised that no state money would be spent on implementing the ammunition background check database until a cost plan had been approved by the parties. The MOU further stipulated that any certification of the database as operational would not be made until the parties had approved a plan on its implementation. Last year, however, Governor Kathy Hochul indicated she was aware of the “old MOU that was signed related to ammunition sales after laws were passed the decade ago, it was an administration document between the prior administration and the Senate Republicans,” but decided to ignore it – “we are literally tearing it up and New York will now require and conduct background checks for all ammunition purchases.”

  • 03/23/2024 11:52 PM | Anonymous

    FFLs are being targeted federally by Biden’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms anp Explosives (ATF) which is revoking FFL licenses at an unprecedented rate, many for minor technical violations. 

    Under NY State’s CCIA, Governor Hochul and her allies in Albany are also driving FFL’s out of business.  It has been reported that we have lost seventy-three 2A businesses in NY State last year.  Those are businesses that will never come back in a state that is generally unfriendly to all businesses and hates 2nd Amendment businesses, in particular.  The longer this drags out, the more FFLs that will close.

    We have lost three (3) gun shops locally since the state implemented the new law requiring state background checks in September. It is reported that the state has a goal of keeping only a fraction of the existing FFLs and their shops open.

    The new law is intrusive, and I believe unconstitutional. We, as gun owners, need to protect the remaining owners of local gun shops by purchasing an item(s) on a regular basis. It may not be a gun or ammo. The shops carry many items worth purchasing such as magazines, scopes, holsters etc. let your next shopping trip be to your local gun store.


  • 02/22/2024 1:51 AM | Anonymous

    There are many ways to defend the Second Amendment from this bunch, but the most effective is to vote against any member of the gun ban party at all levels —town, county, state legislature and especially both houses of Congress — if they refuse to follow the Constitution. The time has come to put gun prohibitionists out of our misery.

    Keep this in perspective: If anti-gun politicians are not in office, they cannot make their policies into law. This includes RINOs as well.

    This should need no explanation, especially after New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s debacle last summer when she grossly overstepped her constitutional authority in an attempt to prohibit lawful firearm carry in Albuquerque and surrounding Bernalillo County. She exploited three tragic fatal shootings of three young people as an excuse to declare a “public health emergency” for which she wanted to suspend the Second Amendment.

    Fortunately, gun rights groups quickly took Grisham to court and a federal judge stopped her cold. I have communicated with a former Monroe County Assistant DA who now lives in New Mexico and asked for materials he can use to start a SCOPE-NM.

    Other examples include Newsom’s proposed 28th Amendment to the Constitution which would — contrary to his claims otherwise — essentially nullify the Second Amendment. He knows this and he hopes we are all as stupid as the Californians who voted for him. The ultimate goal is to peddle this plan to all the other states. 

    Nearly three years ago, Joe Biden admitted during a televised town hall forum broadcast by CNN he not only wants to ban so-called “assault weapons,” but also 9mm pistols. This guy is relentless, and despite all of his gaffes, this is one thing he has never gotten confused about. Recall he suggested “going after the ammunition”.

    Understand this — these three people represent policies too oft advanced by their party. The only reason their colleagues have publicly pooh-pooed these notions is because they don’t want the general public to realize this is really their agenda.

    Gun bans, suspension of a constitutionally protected right and a constitutional amendment turning the right to keep and bear arms into a strictly regulated government privilege are on their wish list. Assume otherwise at your own peril.

    The late Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who never saw a gun control measure she didn’t love, allegedly provided the proper postscript to the nonsense of her party. The website “Wealthy Gorilla” quoted Feinstein stating, “Once you sacrifice your rights, it’s hard to get those rights protected again.” Well worth remembering. 

  • 01/03/2024 1:22 AM | Anonymous
    • RENO MAY, et al., v. ROBERT BONTA, in his official capacity as Attorney General of the

      State of California (May v. Bonta)

      This is a huge 2A victory. Federal judge Cormac Carney entered a preliminary injunction enjoining virtually all of California’s “sensitive places” laws from being enforced on the grounds that they violate the Second Amendment.

      Judge Carney says the Second Amendment provides a fundamental constitutional right for law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms for self-defense. The judge is correct that there are no historical analogue laws with the particular laws litigated in this case at the time of the founding in the early eighteenth century.

      The 3 places designated as “sensitive places” per the Bruen decision were designated as such because the government provides comprehensive security in all three. They are:

    • ·      Court Houses
    • ·      Legislative Assemblies
    • ·      Polling places

    Schools, at the time of the founding, were not gun free zones. Adults were allowed to carry guns but students might well have been restricted from carrying guns by adults because of the “loco parentis” doctrine.

    Likewise there were no laws at the time of the founding against guns in hospitals and medical facilities.

    I agree it’s simply absurd that people can’t carry a gun in a facility that serves alcohol when at the time of the founding the entire American revolution was really planned in taverns like Sam Adams taverns in Boston and Francis tavern in New York City.

    The assumption was that people would bring their guns into places like churches due to fear of an Indian attack. However, public transportation can regulate the absence of guns on their private property because they, unlike governments, are not restricted by the Second Amendment. 

    I suspect the inconsistencies and governmental infringements evolving from attempts by governments to utilize the Bruen examples of “sensitive places” to designate as many gun-free zones as possible will evaporate when SCOTUS revisits the issue.

  • 12/12/2023 9:29 PM | Anonymous


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    Dear Mr. Don Smith,


    Thank you for contacting me regarding the Second Amendment and the importance of preserving our fundamental right to keep and bear arms. I appreciate your views on this matter and welcome the opportunity to respond to your concerns. It’s a privilege to represent you in Congress, where I will always be a compassionate and tenacious advocate for New York’s 24th Congressional District. When the Founding Fathers ratified the Bill of Rights on December 15th, 1791, they included the Second Amendment to ensure every American had “the right… to keep and bear Arms.” They went on to affirm that this right “shall not be infringed.” For more than 200 years, sportsmen, hunters, and lawful gun owners have embraced our Second Amendment rights, which we all share as Americans.  I am a staunch defender of our Second Amendment, and have been throughout my time in public service. In 2013, when Governor Cuomo passed the SAFE Act in the dark of night, I stood up with law enforcement, sportsmen, and Second Amendment advocates to call out this infringement on our rights. I am proud to have been the first member of the New York State Assembly to introduce legislation to repeal the SAFE Act. 
     
    In Congress, I am a cosponsor of the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which would grant Americans the ability to use their concealed carry permit across state lines without burdensome paperwork. I am also a member of the Congressional Sportsmen Caucus and a cosponsor of the Second Amendment Protection Act to ensure that veterans, who have benefits managers appointed for them, do not have their Second Amendment rights taken away.

    You may also be interested to know that last year, I led 175 of my colleagues in the House of Representatives on an important and historic congressional amicus brief to the Supreme Court. This amicus brief was critical to the successful effort to overturn New York's onerous and arbitrary concealed carry laws in NYSRPA v. Bruen
     
    However, our fight continues! Just days after the Supreme Court's ruling, Albany Democrats passed yet another unconstitutional concealed carry law called the Concealed Carry Improvement Act (CCIA). That is why I introduced H.Res. 45, Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that New York State's Concealed Carry Improvement Act is unconstitutional. Please rest assured that I am actively monitoring the ongoing lawsuits against the CCIA and will do everything in my power to ensure that the courts quickly restore New Yorkers' Second Amendment rights and hold our state politicians responsible for their bad faith infringement of our rights.
     
    Thank you again for contacting me. To stay up to date on my work in Washington and across New York’s 24th District, please sign up for my weekly e-newsletter here and be sure to follow me on Facebook and Twitter. I also encourage you to visit my website at https://tenney.house.gov/ to learn more about the full range of services my office can provide you. I am honored to explain every vote I cast in Congress so you always know where I stand. You can read my vote explanations here



    Sincerely,



    Rep. Claudia Tenney
    Member of Congress


     

     

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  • 12/02/2023 6:39 PM | Anonymous

    CCRKBA: ‘SEATTLE’S NEW MURDER RECORD PROVES GUN CONTROL A DISASTER’

    Nov 30, 2023

    BELLEVUE, WA – The City of Seattle—home to a billionaire-backed gun prohibition lobbying group which bankrolled two gun control initiatives that have been dismal failures—hit a new homicide record this week, ironically with the death of a June stabbing victim, and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said the time has come to repeal the laws that only impact law-abiding citizens and take a new course against criminals.

    Seattle has now posted 70 murders, and there is still one full month remaining for the body count to rise even more.

    “Seattle, and the whole of Washington State, is proof positive that passing laws which only impact honest gun owners accomplish nothing to reduce violent crime,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. “We warned people in 2014 that Initiative 594 would not prevent murder or mayhem, and we were right. We told Seattleites in 2015 the tax on guns and ammunition in their city would not prevent shootings or slayings, and we were right. We cautioned voters in 2018 that Initiative 1639 would not keep guns out of the wrong hands, and we were right, again. In fact, we have consistently been right about public safety issues while the other side is only interested in public disarmament.

    “How many more people must die before the gun ban bunch publicly acknowledges they’ve been wrong all along,” he wondered. “What will it take to compel Gov. Jay Inslee, Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell and their wealthy elitist anti-gun cronies to admit their agenda has failed miserably?

    “The time has come for Washington State lawmakers and voters to roll back the extremist gun control measures, stop penalizing law-abiding gun owners and gun buyers for crimes they didn’t commit, and try a different tack,” Gottlieb suggested. “Almost three decades ago, we championed Hard Time for Armed Crime and Three Strikes laws. The public overwhelmingly supported both measures because instead of punishing the good guys, they concentrated on the bad guys. It’s time for that spirit to be revived.”

    Instead of making it harder for Washington citizens to legally exercise their Second Amendment rights, Gottlieb said Washington lawmakers must make it easier to lock up criminals, especially recidivist outlaws who illegally possess and use firearms in crimes.

    “Criminals can’t commit crimes when they are in jail,” he observed. “Thugs can’t kill or injure people from behind prison bars. If we want safe neighborhoods, we need solutions that work, not headlines that only offer false hopes. We will happily help with any good faith effort that doesn’t impair the rights of law-abiding citizens. This is our community, too, but we know the difference between good guys and bad guys. Anti-gunners obviously don’t.”

  • 11/15/2023 3:11 PM | Anonymous

    The Supreme Court will hear a case involving a NY Official’s Attempt to “Blacklist” the NRA despite a controversial judgment issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

    “This is a historic step forward for free speech, the NRA’s millions of members, and for all who believe in freedom,” says NRA CEO & EVP Wayne LaPierre.”

    Former New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) Superintendent Maria Vullo initiated two unrelated actions against the NRA, allegedly at the request of former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, one of which successfully shut down an NRA program. DFS opened an investigation in 2017 into “Carry Guard,” an NRA-endorsed insurance program. 

    What limits should we expect to be placed upon governmental officials with regard to their ability to weaponize their office against their so-called political enemies. 

    The NRA alleges that under the guise of advancing a gun-control agenda, “Vullo: (1) warned regulated institutions that doing business with Second Amendment advocacy groups posed ‘reputational risk’ of concern to DFS; (2) secretly offered leniency to insurers for unrelated infractions if they dropped the NRA, and (3) extracted highly-publicized and over-reaching consent orders, and multi-million dollar penalties, from firms that formerly served the NRA.”

    The Vullo-endorsed campaign began with an investigation into the NRA’s involvement with certain widely offered affinity insurance products. New York failed to investigate other similar insurance offerings – and was the only state to take such action against the NRA.

    This is not thefirst time state officials have leveraged their regulatory power to suppress a disfavored civil rights organization or choke off disfavored speech. The NRA's petition emphasizes a long line of First Amendment cases – from seminal decisions involving the NAACP, to the Supreme Court's storied Bantam Books decision – that forbid such tactics.

    “The Second Circuit’s opinion…gives state officials free rein to financially blacklist their political opponents – from gun rights groups to abortion-rights groups, to environmentalist groups, and beyond,” states the NRA in its petition. The Association argues that the Second Circuit has erroneously opened the door to unrestrained harassment of advocacy groups by state officials and seeks to have it closed.

    Even the ACLU supports the NRA stating “If Cuomo can do this to the NRA, then conservative governors could have their financial regulators threaten banks and financial institutions that do business with any other group whose political views the governor opposes. The First Amendment bars state officials from using their regulatory power to penalize groups merely because they promote disapproved ideas.”

  • 11/09/2023 3:22 PM | Anonymous


    Call these two House members to help rein in the ATF. 

    “If I had it my way, I’d abolish the ATF entirely and throw the gun grabbing bureaucrats behind bars for crimes against the Constitution.

    But until that becomes a political reality, I suppose slashing their budget by over $300 million is a good start.

    And that’s exactly what the current House version of the 2024 “CJS” budget does.

    (2024 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations)

    More than 80 amendments have already been filed for this pro-gun budget that will be taken up in the House Rules committee NEXT WEEK.

    Call the leaders of the committee and urge them to block any amendment that would water down the pro-gun language in the CJS bill.

    Call Chairman Tom Cole (R-OK-04) at (202) 225-6165 and Vice Chairman Michael Burgess (R-TX-26) at (202) 225-7772 today”

    (This message was originated by the National Association for Gun Rights)

  • 10/17/2023 2:40 AM | Anonymous

    One of the oldest and most well-known firearm manufacturers in the United States, Smith & Wesson, has relocated their headquarters from Massachusetts to Tennessee. Smith & Wesson was founded in Connecticut in 1852 and relocated to Springfield, Massachusetts shortly after.

    The new headquarters had a ribbon cutting ceremony this past weekend, with tours of the facility available to the public. The new facility is 650,000-square feet and cost $125 million to build. Senator Marsha Blackburn, a Republican from the state, attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony, stating that she and the people of Tennessee are “thrilled” to welcome Smith & Wesson to Tennessee. She added the Tennesseans know that the Second Amendment is “non-negotiable.” The president and CEO of Smith & Wesson, Mark Smith, said he looks forward to the next 170 years of Smith & Wesson, calling Tennessee “something special.”

    The move has drawn praise from Republicans and the National Rifle Association, who lauded the gun manufacturer for moving to a red state that was more friendly towards firearms owners than blue New England. Tennessee has expanded gun rights in recent years thanks to Republican leadership, including a 2021 law that would allow adults who are at least 21 years old to carry a handgun without a permit.

    The Executive Director of Advancement for the NRA, Tyler Schropp, congratulated the manufacturer on their move, as well as their strong legacy, saying they are an important part of preserving the gun industry in America and our Second Amendment rights. Schropp also said that the NRA was proud to have helped pass the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.

    The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new manufacturing featured Jerry Miculek, a competitive shooter who broke an NRA world record by shooting six steel plates in under two seconds from seven yards away, which Schropp congratulated him on.

    A spokesperson from Smith & Wesson said they plan to add a museum and a retail store onto the manufacturing facility in coming years.

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