News from the Orange County NY, NY State and the Nation
of interest to gun owners and sportsmen
MARCH 2002 Newsletter
"When divided among the applicants, the approximately $12,000 raised ... may not make a change in anyone's life, but it's a very real attempt to show that Orange County takes care of its own," said Federation President Carmen Heitczman. "We just felt we wanted to help the people of Orange County."
The Federation - a nonprofit collaboration of 27 hunting and sport clubs - began the fund only two days after terrorist attacks destroyed the World Trade Center. About 6,500 Federation members shook tin cans and solicited donations at locations throughout the county. Monroe Deli and Bagels matched more than $1,000 in can donations, Heitczman said, and many other local businesses contributed. A 6-year-old girl raised more than $50 for the fund by selling handmade paper flags, and a local mother's pie sale brought in another $700.
The Federation used its own money to handle overhead cost to ensure all donations go to the victims.
"Every penny we collected is in that account," Heitczman said. To donate to the fund or get a preliminary grant application, call the Federation at 782-7449.
Things are going from bad to worse. The
Sheriff's Department has had some major problems and last June the 91
page Holland Knight report was issued. The report Summary,
(from the TH-R,)contained the following section:
Everyone had a great time
on our trip to Albany. This year we were able to meet with all
of the members of both the Senate and the Assembly. One of our
major concern was Gov. Mario Patakie's initiative and referendum proposal.
Many of the local representatives support the proposal but most say
that they do not thank that it will pass. (That is what
they said about the gun control laws that Gov. P had passed.) Several
were surprised to find out that in some states initiative and referendum
have been used to prohibit certain types of hunting or trapping. (See
report below.) Also important was our support of the
increased in the hunting and fishing license fees.
In what has to be the
closest race in the history of the Orange County Pistol League, Pleasantville
won by a 3 point lead scoring 26,560 points Vs Middletown Platinum
score of 26,557 after 13 events. Richard B. won high score with
average of 578.17; Duane F. was 2nd with 569.67; John P. was 3rd with
569.17; and Denis Serpi was 4th with 568.27. Everyone had
a good time and thanks to Denis Serpi owner of Master Class for hosting
the events. 58 people from 7 clubs shot this year. Anyone
who wants to shoot in the league that starts in October of each year
and runs through March can contact Master Class. You can use any 22
Cal. handgun and you shoot 60 rounds at each of the 13 shoots. The
format is the NRA Gallery Course with 20 shots slow fire, (2 strings
of 10 shots with 10 minuets for each string,) 20 shots Timed Fire,
(4 strings of 5 rounds each with 20 seconds for each string,) 20 rounds
Rapid Fire, (4 strings of 5 rounds each with 10 seconds for each string.) It
takes about 1 hour to shoot and score each event. It
is very easy to shoot and shooters of all levels are welcome and if
you have never shot in a league, Denis Serpi will be more than willing
to give you some pointers. Denis normally holds some practice
sessions during the off season for those who want to practice.
|Westchester's license fee raise defeated. 2/28/02 Westchester's County Executive Andy Spano's proposal to raise pistol license fees from $10 to several hundred was killed in committee. From: Jacob J. Rieper, Legislative Director, New York State Rifle & Pistol Association (For now? Anyone want to take bets this magically reappears at some point?)|
Press Release from the NYSRPAWe are pleased to announce that there is a new Political Action Committee in New York State -- RPA-PAC -- the official Political Action Committee of the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association.
While there are many pro-Second Amendment rights groups in New York State, most if not all cannot engage in substantial political activism or candidate support because of restrictions imposed by state election laws and federal tax and election laws. RPA-PAC is different, and with your support, RPA-PAC will weigh in decisively to affect the outcome of state and local elections. Associated with the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association but organized separately from it, RPA-PAC is a registered political committee under Article 14 of the Election Law of New York State, and it is exempt from paying taxes on the funds it raises in accordance with section 527 of the Internal Revenue Code respecting authorized political committee activities (as with all political committees and rights groups, donations are not deductible to contributors).
RPA-PAC is raising funds to support the candidacies of those who will defend and promote our rights in state and local elected office (RPA-PAC is not engaged in federal elections, a field that involves a thicket of federal regulations and which is already served by NRA's Institute for Legislative Action and Political Victory Committee). RPA-PAC gives New York gun owners the ability to pool their resources and contribute to campaigns in ways that will make people take notice. Our friends in elected office will have newfound appreciation and our enemies, newfound fear.
Make a difference in New York primary and general elections this year. Support RPA-PAC as generously as you can, now. In the future we expect to be able to accept donations by Mastercard and Visa. As we get started, donations can be accepted by personal check and must be accompanied by the name, address and occupation of the contributor (we are legally obliged to return donations that do not include that information).
No action on the Senate companion S-980.
From Jacob J. Rieper, Legislative Director, New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
From the Gov. Mario Patakie's press release,
selected sections: "This initiative and referendum proposal is
a cornerstone of our effort to ensure that the voices of all the people
of New York are heard," Governor Pataki said. "This fundamental
reform will empower all New Yorkers by enabling them to become an integral
part of the lawmaking process and giving them the power to propose and
approve new laws.
On March 12th, deranged loner Peter Troy
shot and killed Pastor Lawrence Penzes and parishioner Eileen Tosner
during Mass at Our Lady of Peace church in Lynbrook, L.I.. Troy
had bought the firearm just 4 days before at a local gun store and had
gotten a good NICS check even though he had a background of mental illness
and had 3 arrest in the last few years. Why? Because
NY State fails to provide the vital information to the FBI. I
guess that he did no have to go to a gun show or even buy the gun through
a private sale or even illegally when he has NY State covering for him.
It is ironic that the gun store where he bought the gun does support some gun control laws. Michael Britt quotes from an article dated 7/17/1998:
About the Federal Assault Weapons ban: "Let me tell you, first of all, these guns have absolutely no sport value whatsoever. You can't hunt with them. They are designed specifically for military application. No real marksman or hunter sees any value in them. "Again, these weapons, by and large, are inferior in quality. So we have a glut of foreign weapons on the market which are generally unfit for any legitimate use, to the detriment of quality, American-based brands such as Winchester, Colt and Smith & Wesson. "To me, for President Clinton and Congress to have banned the entry of these guns into the country is a beautiful thing. It's good for American society, it's good for the American arms business -- where everything produced for sale to civilians has a legitimate civilian purpose -- and therefore, it's also good for employment."
NY gun laws: "We have an enormous number of gun laws in America. Quite a few, such as ours in New York, are basically good."
Nassau Police: "It is my opinion that the Nassau County Police Department's pistol license section consists of very fair, very professional and knowledgeable people who check out pistol permit applicants thoroughly, and, should they find reason not to issue a permit, they don't issue one. "And they really emphasize the need to safeguard guns. Applicants are actually required to state in writing that they understand their duty to keep handguns away from children. It's not just a suggestion by the Police Department; they make very clear that failing to keep guns away from children can have serious legal consequences for the gun owner. And that's been the rule in Nassau County for many years; I believe, as long as I've been in the business."
Assembly Minority Leader John Faso will
retire from the Assembly on April 8 to begin a full-time run for Comptroller.
Assemblymen Charles Nesbitt and John Flanagan are contenders for his
Because Gov. Mario Pataki's
new budget contains $4,000,000 for the CoBIS, (gun DNA,) program I decided
to call and find out how many crimes have been solved after the March
1st one year anniversary of this program. The answer is 0. I
talked to the NY State Police and they said that the FBI gun sale to
crime average is 3 years. Why that would matter I can not figure
out because some sales to crime only take a day while other are over
20 years. (Any gun without a serial number because of criminal
tampering or the guns that were made before serial numbers were required
are not included also some guns are just never submitted to the FBI
for checks.) Also important is the fact that 80% to 90% of
the guns used in a crime in NY are not legally imported into the state
and so would not be in the data base.
Jack Weigand is a highly respected Pennsylvania
gunsmith and President of the American Pistolsmiths Guild. He
ordered a computer from DELL COMPUTERS and they canceled the order because
his company had the word "COMBAT" in its name. Dell
failed to call him up to notify him that they had canceled the order
and to ask him follow up questions to verify that he was complying with
federal export laws designed to keep high technology from falling into
the hands of terrorists and other evil doers. Missed was the fact
that he has an FFL license.
It seems that paper pushers
in the Federal Gov. who will make the call about pilots having guns
are against it. This will keep the majority of pilots who do
want to have a gun from having one. I guess the paper pushers would
rather that a fellow pilots in an F-16 shoot down a plane and KILL
everyone aboard rather than admit it is a good idea even if not every
pilots has a gun. Just the fact that they might will help. The
Airline Pilots Association voted 73% to have guns in the cockpit.
Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta said, "I don't feel that
we should have lethal weapons in the cockpit." Homeland
chief Tom Ridge is also against letting pilots have guns and the news
report that I saw implied that Pres. Bush feel the same way.
WHAT HAS BUSH DONE FOR US??
3/1/02 NEW YORK (Reuters) - The nation's largest airline pilots union filed a petition with federal officials on Friday seeking new rules that would allow pilots to carry firearms inside aircraft cockpits. The Air Line Pilots Association which represents 64,000 pilots at 45 North American airlines, filed a formal petition with the U.S. Department of Transportation calling the arming of pilots a deterrent to hijackers. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE WHOLE ARTICLE
Hand Gun Control, (AKA Brady Campaign), has just gone nuts over H&R's deal with the NRA to give a donation to the NRA for everyone who has H&R Block do their taxes or for anyone who downloads their tax software. At the end of the tax season H&R will compare the names on its computers with the membership list of the NRA and for everyone who matches the NRA will get a fee. (I guess that having over 4 Million members does help.) The following is what HCI is sending out. Make sure that you call the numbers and send the e-mails that they talk about. (For those of you who are upset with DELL this is what it looks like.)
UPDATE 3/12/02: MMM + OTHERS
HCI, the Million Mom March
and other anti-gun groups are just going crazy that H&R Block
is working with the NRA. Now they have planned marches across
the US. It is all a publicity stunt, with almost 100% failure
in all of the court cases even in California and New
York State, losses in the voting booth, the election of Pres.
Bush, an ever increasing number of states choosing Concealed Carry
and more people buying guns after 9/11, this is about all that they
MIGHT BE GIVING IN
to the many e-mails, phone calls, letters and planned protests that
Gun Industry Watch, Million Mom March united with the Brady Campaign,
and the Mid-Atlantic Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence received, news
came over the weekend that H&R Block is working to sever ties
with the NRA. While we wait for final confirmation of this, we ask
that you put plans for the March 16th protests
H&R Block caved into the antigunners
and ended the program. It is nice to know that "Memberdrive's senior
vice president of marketing is Susan LaPierre, wife of NRA CEO Wayne
Mark Pertschuk worked for 10
years as the legislative director and then executive director of Americans
for Non-Smokers' Rights, the main national grassroots anti-tobacco
organization. He is now the legislative director at the
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence in Washington, D.C. and hopes that
his past success against the tobacco companies will be repeated against
the NRA . An article in "Join Together", and antigun
publication, called "NRA Too Strong? So Was Big Tobacco"
outlines some of his ideas and has some good quotes that some people
would like to see. (http://www.jointogether.org/gv/news/features/reader/0,2061,549149,00.html)
WHY HE IS WRONG
I never saw a newspaper
article about someone saving someone's life by smoking. Did
I miss the report on the Olympic smoking events? Do you
have to have a NICS check done to buy a pack of smokes? Are
their Smoking Leagues and other competitions? Do you have
to practice smoking to get better? Do you get awards for
smoking? Does smoking have the LEWIS SYSTEM? Were
the British after the Colonial Smokes when they marched on Concord?? Do
the police say, "Put up your hands or I'll Smoke!"?
By TIMOTHY J. BURGER, New York Daily News
She bought her 18 year old son a rifle? A sniper rifle with a sniper scope? A straw purchase no less? This is a good example when even the strongest gun control advocate does not understand the law that she supported and keeps saying is too weak.