News from the Orange County NY, NY State and the Nation of interest to gun owners and sportsmen
MAY 2002 Newsletter
Draft Louis WEIN for Governor Rally!
May 18th, 2002, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm, On the steps of the Capitol Building in Albany, NY.
Rain location, in the Concourse of the Convention Center.
Following the rally there will be a Reception at 12:00 pm,
Meeting Room #7 in the Concourse near the Convention Hall.
All are welcome to attend.
Governor George E. Pataki will be making his "Official Election Announcement"
On Saturday, May 11th on the steps of Peekskill's City Hall.
The Orange County Republican Committee will be hosting a bus, to leave from Republican HQ (1 Winkler Pl, Chester) promptly at 8:30 am. Please email or call (469-5200) Kellie to confirm your attendance as soon as possible.
(I know that this is over but I am leaving it in just so people can see what it looks like and I can not be charged with hiding something or changing something.)
by Jacob J. Rieper, Legislative Director New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Like Gomer Pile would say , "Surprise,
Surprise!", the Times Herald-Record attacked Ashcroft's position
on the 2nd Amendment in an editorial titled: Ashcroft's
new Second Amendment, The attorney general's broad view of the right to
bear arms represents a threat to law enforcement. Opening with;
"Now John Ashcroft is rewriting the U.S. Constitution. The
U.S. attorney general, who has been quick, even eager, to trample on the
rights and civil liberties of individual Americans in the name of national
security and the war on terrorism, has found one unassailable right he
can stand up for: "the right of individuals to keep and bear firearms."
In a rambling manner, the editorial brings up some of the same old arguments
and charges and closes with the following:
Folks from the National Wild Turkey Federation
(NWTF) are forming a new local Chapter that will be based in the Walden
(Orange County) and the Wallkill area (Ulster County). They will be known
as the Shawangunk Ridge Longbeards. For those of us who enjoy
observing, hunting and just knowing that this magnificent wild bird has
returned in the numbers that we have today is a tribute to the years and
hard work of the folks from the NWTF and conservation departments around
the country. And for those folks who havent observed a wild turkey
up close, the male or Tom is the one that has the long beard
on his chest. Hence the name Shawangunk Ridge Longbeards.
Occasionally a female or hen turkey normally doesn't have
a beard but every once in awhile she will grow a beard similar to a tom
but perhaps not as full.
Lou Wein is doing the grassroots work and attend as many meetings and other functions of local sportspeople in the state as he can. He supports the rights of the Sports community and he needs your support to force a primary with Pataki.
TOO BAD PATAKI CAN NOT CALL GOV. ZELL MILLER FOR ADVICE
Lou Wein has run for office several times, the
last time he ran against Rick Lazio and H****** R**** C****** on the Constitution
Party's line. Lou is looking for support to get on the ballot to
run against Gov. Mario Pataki in the Sept. 10th Republican Primary.
It would seem like a hopeless case except it will only take about 250,000
votes for him to win the primary. Many people will vote for him
only because they are sick and tired of the way the gun owners are being
treated and ignored by Gov. Mario Pataki and the NY State GOP. Gov.
Mario Pataki has ignored the gun owners and sportsmen in the state, has
passed new gun control laws *, attended the last
Million Mom March and is the highest ranking Republican to attend a march
and give a speech, has failed to support or propose any new gun laws supported
by sportsmen. When I talked
to him, he promised that he would have someone get back to me and
guess what, no one ever did.
N.Y. Attorney General Urges Panel to Reinstate Gun Suit
Arguing his first case since
being elected New York attorney general in 1998, Eliot L. Spitzer last
week urged a panel of appellate judges to reinstate a novel lawsuit
against the gun industry. The suit alleges that gun manufacturers and
wholesalers are liable for contributing to a public nuisance -- namely,
handguns that are illegally possessed and used -- because of the way
they market and sell their products. ... he wants the manufacturers
and wholesalers to abate the nuisance by monitoring which retailers
sell a disproportionate number of guns used in crimes and imposing strict
standards on those retailers. ... those restrictions could include preventing
retailers from selling more than one gun per customer a day and implementing
longer waiting periods before customers can purchase weapons.
State attorney general appeals dismissal of lawsuit against gun makers
NEW YORK -- State Attorney
General Eliot Spitzer took the highly unusual step on Friday of making
his own arguments before an appeals panel in an effort to have a case
against gun makers reinstated. "The single question which the court
must answer is whether the state is entitled to discovery to overcome
the burdens that the people have to meet at trial," Spitzer told
a five-judge state appellate panel in Manhattan.
April 29, 2002 Press Release
Issues Call for Assembly to Act After Critical Reform Clears First Major Hurdle, S 7306
Governor George E. Pataki today congratulated
the State Senate for voting to approve his proposed amendment to the State
Constitution that would empower voters to enact and amend laws through
the initiative and referendum process. The proposal - along with
campaign finance reform, an overhaul of the state's school aid formula,
criminal justice reforms and Rockefeller drug law reform ? is part of
the sweeping reform agenda the Governor unveiled in his 2002 State of
the State address.
When we had a meeting with all of the politicos in Albany at the annual March on Albany, we were told that the bill had no chance of passing.
I am opposed to this proposal because in NY State this law will be used to take away our rights on a state and county level as has happened in other states where referendums have been passed that banned trapping, banned hunting of specific animals and increased sales taxes for gun and ammo among other laws. It is easy to expect that we will face referendums to ban all handguns, semi-automatic longuns, trapping, hunting and fishing as soon as this law is passed while we do not think that referendums that we would support - like adding the 2nd Amendment to the state constitution, removing restriction on handgun licenses, or making NY licenses valid in NYC - would pass.
The I&R proposal still faces a very long road and many op
Schumer: Ashcroft Decision Betrays Promise "To Follow Letter of the Law" Made During His Controversial Confirmation Hearings Changing Definition of 2nd Amendment Could Undermine State, Local Gun Laws, End Vital Legal Protections That Reduced Gun Violence, Crime
US Senator Chuck Schumer today criticized the Justice Department's sudden change of interpretation of the Second Amendment, after decades of long-held policy. For over sixty years, the Justice Department has interpreted the Second Amendment as applying to those with a reasonable relationship to a well regulated militia. Now, in a stunning reversal of long-held policy, the Justice Department has argued before the Supreme Court that the Constitution broadly protects the rights of individuals to own firearms. Schumer made the following statement at a press conference today:
The individual right to bear arms
This week, Solicitor General Theordore
B. Olson went before the U.S. Supreme Court and began making the federal
government's case that the Second Amendment does, in fact, protect an
individual right to keep and bear arms. "The current position of
the United States," Mr. Olson wrote in briefs filed with the court,
"is that the Second Amendment more broadly protects the rights of
individuals, including persons who are not members of any state militia
or engaged in active military service or training, to possess and bear
their own firearms." (Italics added.)
Individual gun rights get administration's
WASHINGTON The Bush
administration has told the Supreme Court that it believes that the right
to bear arms applies to individuals, not just to state militias, a significant
change in firearms policy that legal analysts say eventually could help
form the basis for overturning some restrictions on guns. The
move reverses the U.S. government's long-standing view of the Second Amendment,
voiced consistently since the Nixon administration, that the Constitution
protects only the rights of state-sponsored militias, such as today's
National Guard. It also bolsters efforts by Attorney General John Ashcroft,
the National Rifle Association and other gun-control foes who have sought
a broader reading of the Second Amendment and opposed many gun restrictions.
CLICK HERE TO SEE THE WHOLE ARTICLE
(As you can guess this is
driving the anti-gun groups nuts)
WASHINGTON, May 7 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Michael D. Barnes,
president of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, today blasted
U.S. Attorney General Ashcroft's official reversal of the United State's
long-standing position on the Second Amendment. The new position --
which was included as a footnote in two U.S. Department of Justice
(DOJ) briefs that were filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday,
May 6 -- reflects Ashcroft's personal view that the Second Amendment
"broadly protects the rights of individuals" to possess
firearms. This directly contradicts the Justice Department's position
of more than 40 years that the Second Amendment confers a collective
right to bear arms in the context of a state-sponsored militia. "This
action is proof positive that the worst fears about Attorney General
Ashcroft have come true: his extreme ideology on guns has now become
government policy," said Barnes. "His new position represents
a radical departure from the Justice Department's unwavering interpretation
of the Second Amendment spanning at least four decades, an interpretation
that has prevailed in the U.S. Supreme Court and every federal appeals
court, with the sole exception of the renegade decision in U.S. v.
About-Face On Guns
"This action is proof positive that the worst fears about Attorney
General Ashcroft have come true."
(CBS) Reversing decades
of Justice Department policy, the Bush administration has told the
Supreme Court it believes the Constitution protects an individual's
right to possess firearms. At the same time, the administration's
top Supreme Court lawyer said the high court need not test that principle
now. The administration's view represents a reversal of
government interpretations of the Second Amendment going back some
40 years, through four Democratic and five Republican administrations.
That "going back some 40 years"? Does that mean that up to 40 years ago, or for 186 years the government interpretation was that the individual did have the right to possess firearms. What a bias article!
NRA Live -April 28
For several years the NRA has produced a daily TV report on a wide range of topics related to its mission. Every year they cover the speeches from the Annual NRA Meeting held this year in Reno, NV.
"I'll Fight For Freedom" Wayne LaPierre's Speech
"I'll Fight For Freedom" Kayne Robinson
'It's Time To Finish The Job' Jim Baker
May 1, 2002
Washington, DC -- The National Rifle Association's
(NRA) Executive Vice-president, Wayne LaPierre, has named Chris Cox as
the organization's new Executive Director of the NRA's Institute for Legislative
Action (NRA-ILA). Cox replaces James Jay Baker. LaPierre made the announcement
Monday in Reno, NV at the meeting of the NRA's board of directors.
A decade long veteran of Capitol Hill, Cox is well regarded on Capitol
Hill by Republicans and Democrats. He is an avid hunter and shooting sports
enthusiast. Prior to joining in the NRA, Chris worked as a legislative
aide to Congressman John Tanner of Tennessee. The appointment takes effect
The Hartford Courant, May 1, 2002,By PAUL MARKS, Courant Staff Writer
Fear of death won't deter suicidal terrorists,
but a nationwide coalition of commercial pilots is seeking authority to
carry handguns in the cockpit in the belief that the fear of failure will.
On Tuesday, the pilots' campaign got a boost from Congress, as the House
chairmen of committees on transportation and aviation announced they will
co-sponsor legislation letting airline pilots carry guns.
The Washington Times, April 29, 2002
UPDATE: Gov. Miller's speech is driving the HCI
David O. Boehm of Rochester, N.Y., a retired appellate judge, said in recent years "it seems most Democrats nationally have opposed instead of supported the right to possess firearms." But Miller "has grown up with firearms. He understands there's nothing sinister about it," Boehm said. "I thought he beautifully, articulately and eloquently expressed the feelings of so many of us here."