SCOPE NY

Chairman's Corner

  • 01/21/2022 5:48 PM | Anonymous

    Marijuana became legal in the state of Montana just a few weeks ago on New Year’s Day. NY State Gun owners beware! Marijuana legalization will lead to loss of firearms.

    For a lot of people, that’s big. However, it’s not all it’s cracked up to be (pun intended). After all, while you can lawfully use pot, you have to give up a little something to do so.

    Namely, your ability to lawfully own firearms.

    key federal agency has confirmed a fact underreported in coverage of the state’s new marijuana program: It remains illegal under federal law for individuals to simultaneously possess marijuana or marijuana products and firearms. Penalties for violating that law are severe.

    The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives confirmed the policy to Montana Free Press last week, noting that the federal Gun Control Act prohibits a person who possesses a controlled substance from possessing a firearm or ammunition. Cannabis is currently recognized as a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance.

    “The Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA) prohibits a person who uses a controlled substance from possessing a firearm or ammunition,” ATF Public [sic]. GCA repealed the Federal Firearms Act of 1938, though many of its provisions were reenacted as part of the GCA, which revised the FFA and its predecessor, the National Firearms Act of 1934.

    It should be noted that the Drug Enforcement Agency is responsible for determining which drugs go into which schedule. Since marijuana has been legalized to some degree in so many places, it would make sense to at least change pot to a schedule 2 controlled substance.

    Not that it will help. You see, more properly, what the ATF should have noted is that unlawful users of controlled substances aren’t able to possess firearms. Because of federal law, marijuana use of any kind is considered unlawful, even with a prescription.

    So even if pot was downgraded to a schedule 2, it would still mean that recreational use would bar someone from lawfully owning guns.

    What’s clearly needed here is something that we’re not likely to see. What we need is for federal law to step in and mandate that so long as a drug is legal in that state, one doesn’t lose their Second Amendment rights for using it. All the more reason for flipping the Senate in November 2022. Elections do have a consequence. 

  • 12/30/2021 12:05 AM | Anonymous

    My last post referenced attempts in New Jersey to pass new bills “intended to strengthen the state’s gun laws”.

    NY State’s legislative bodies (Senate & Assembly) begin their new session next week on January 5.  Several Gun control bills were presented in the past 3 years with many taking a back seat to the problems surrounding the pandemic.  Will this be the year New Jersey “like” bills are introduced here?  Can we expect you to become more involved in monitoring such legislation?

    One of SCOPE’s major goals is to track such bills and educate members as well as our elected officials as to whether we support or reject each piece of legislation.  

    This is a time consuming process requiring a good deal of research.  We need members who have the time for such research to engage in the bill-tracking process. 

    This will be a topic of discussion at our next Wayne County Members’ Meeting to be held on January 12 @7 pm in the Marion American Legion Post.  Consider this a request to attend and become more involved in your SCOPE Chapter.

    “Make no mistake…everyone counts and their participation matters.”

    Don

  • 12/16/2021 1:37 AM | Anonymous

    Imagine suing Ford when one of their vehicles is used in a fatal DUI. We’re talking about selling legal, non-defective products that are in compliance with all laws and regulations. Yet an article on our Wayne page outlines attempts by New York and California to do exactly that with regards to firearms. Not unexpectedly, New Jersey has jumped on the band wagon. I predict more will follow suit. 

    A package of bills intended to strengthen the state’s gun laws advanced in the New Jersey Assembly on Monday, including one that would punish gun owners for not locking away their firearms and ammunition separately and another that would allow the state Attorney General to pursue public nuisance violations against gun dealers and manufacturers.

    The storage law would require all gun owners to store unloaded firearms in gun safes or locked boxes, with ammunition locked away separately. Penalties range from community service to fourth-degree felony charges.

    Someone who is being confronted by a home invasion may believe the safest place for their ammunition is in the chamber of their gun. One NJ legislator said: “I think we’re looking at this the wrong way – don’t stop the legal gun owners from protecting themselves.”

    How can you blame an entire industry for harms caused by individuals misusing a product? If passed, I predict it will be challenged in court just as any such laws in NY and/or California. 

    Other bills advanced would:

    Do you believe NY might likely attend a “States for Gun Safety” summit? I certainly do..

     Such a possibility along with New Jersey’s list of bills should give all of us  pause for thought. 

    REGISTRATION, GUN BANS AMONG 8 BILLS MOVING IN NJ

    REGISTRATION, GUN BANS AMONG 8 BILLS MOVING IN NJ

     

  • 11/03/2021 4:59 PM | Anonymous

    If you missed the oral arguments offered by both sides today, then you can access the link below to listen to the arguments and/or download a PDF of the arguments. 

    https://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/audio/2021/20-843


  • 11/02/2021 6:21 PM | Anonymous

    This Wednesday, November 3rd, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the NRA backed case New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen. This is the first Second Amendment-related case that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear in over a decade, and it is centered around whether or not a "special need" is required for law-abiding citizens to be able to exercise their right to "bear arms". 

    You will be able to hear oral arguments live on Wednesday by going to this link: https://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/live.aspx

  • 11/01/2021 6:41 PM | Anonymous

    The past two years have been very frustrating for all of us. The “pandemic” has taken its toll. We have seen changes in leadership at both federal and our own NY State level. Tuesday is again Election Day and deserves our full attention. The local elections occurring in our villages, towns and counties may be more critical than state and federal elections. Too many voters ignore these ‘in-between’ elections. 

    We will be electing many of our “grassroots” leaders. The mayors, supervisors, legislators, board and council members responsible for directing our daily lives. Sheriffs and judges are super-critical as many will remain in office until retirement. 

    We are fortunate to have the opportunity to vote for those who affect our rights and privileges, not the least of which is the Second Amendment. Please take the time to vote for the best qualified candidates, especially those who will allow us to maintain our God-given liberties. 

    Don


    “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”       

     — Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

    Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”       


     who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”       


     — Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

     

     

  • 07/08/2021 2:32 AM | Anonymous

    Please note that WCS will NOT hold members meetings in July and September [as well as the normal December].

    The state SCOPE banquet will be held on October 16. This annual event was not scheduled last year due to the pandemic. It will be held at Breezes Banquet Center on 215 Leland Ave. in Utica, NY. The keynote speaker will be none other than Lt. Col. Oliver North.  A Tour of Remington Arms Co. Museum & Factory will occur earlier in the day. 

    The state website contains a complete list of activities along with a Banquet Ticket Order Form.  Ticket sales are limited and July sales of tickets are for members ONLY. Ticket sales will be opened to the public beginning on August 1st. Lodging is available at 3 local hotels/motels. Accommodations are listed on the SCOPE website.

    WCS will hold a members meeting on August 11 at the normal time of 7 PM in the Marion Legion Post.  Our focus will be on members' committees and will hold committee meetings that evening during the regular meeting. 

    We plan to attend community events and place our tent and table with free educational materials for residents to further their understanding of our civil and Constitutional rights and violations thereof.

    Please contact me if you would like to serve with other volunteers at these events. Although the County Fair will not be held, we do plan on attending those available this year including the Brantling Bluegrass Festival on July 29, 30 and 31. 

    Our emphasis in October will be on preparing for the November elections. 

  • 06/21/2021 1:44 AM | Anonymous

    We encourage all members to VOTE on

       PRIMARY DAY - TUESDAY 6.22.21

    Ratings of Wayne County Sheriff Candidates running in the Republican primary on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 have been completed. The ratings are:

    Candidate Milby: A+           Candidate MacNeal: A

    The Wayne County SCOPE Committee used the following as a rating basis:

    Candidate shows strong evidence of protecting the rights of law-abiding citizens and:

    1. Strongly supports the Second Amendment.
    2. Strongly supports the right to due process.
    3. Strongly supports the right to legally use firearms for self defense.
    4. Strongly agrees that no government entity has the right to infringe on possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens. 
    5. Strongly supports the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments.

    Candidate shows strong evidence of opposition to gun control efforts such as:

    1. The NY SAFE Act.
    2. Extreme Risk Protection Orders ("Red Flag" laws).
    3. Need for gun owners to purchase gun-owner or liability insurance. 
    4. Banning of semi-automatic firearms.
    5. Micro-stamping capability of semi-automatic firearms.
    6. Background checks to purchase ammunition.
    7. Registration of long guns.
    8. Mandatory storage of firearms within one's own home.
  • 05/23/2021 4:31 PM | Anonymous

    This is a link to a recent letter to the editor in the Finger Lakes Times:  https://www.fltimes.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/letter-everyone-must-be-accountable-for-how-we-use-guns/article_0cfbc9ff-9ff5-5e0d-aa97-4e224cdd150d.html

    My response to the editor was as follows:

    Finger Lakes Times

    218 Genesee St.

    Geneva, NY 14456

    To the Editor:

    A recent letter to the editor stated that “Everyone must be accountable for how we use guns”.  I agree with that statement but caution against a focus exclusively on deaths from gun violence.  It is not the “public health crisis” some would have us believe. 

    Obviously, any unexpected death is a tragedy, but by comparison consider these major causes of deaths and their percent of total deaths in 2019:  1) Heart Disease: 635,260; 23.1%;  2) Cancer: 598,038; 21.7%;   3) Accidents (unintentional): 161,374; 5.9%; ..... 12) Gun Violence: 38,730; 1.4%  

    Please keep in mind that the commonly used modern sporting rifle or AR-15 is cosmetically similar to a military rifle but is a semi-automatic rifle.  The military rifle is fully automatic and prohibited from citizen ownership by the Firearms Act of 1968 since it fires more than one round of ammunition when the trigger is pressed.  Statistics provided by states to the FBI show AR-15s to be used in 1.4% of crimes involving firearms and 0.25% of all crimes.  

    I disagree that politicians do not care about gun laws but rather that it’s the criminals who do not care. Consider this statement by State Senator Pam Helming: “It is time to stop playing politics and pass legislation that is clearly written, has been vetted by the public, and will truly protect our citizens without stripping the rights of law-abiding citizens.”

    Finally, though well intentioned, proposals for gun liability insurance misunderstand a fundamental principle of insurance.  It is designed to cover fortuitous, or accidental events, “...not intentional behavior such as criminal acts...”, said Willem O. Rijksen, vice president of public affairs for the American Insurance Association.  This applies to guns, cars or any instrument that is used to deliberately harm a person.  

    NRA spokeswoman Stephanie Samford reminds us: “Insurance is not needed to exercise any other Constitutional right”. 

    Don Smith 

    Chairman

    Wayne County S.C.O.P.E.

    315.398.0195

    PO Box 454 

    Ontario, NY 14519


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