Orange County Shooters
News from the Orange County NY, NY State and the Nation of interest to gun owners and sportsmen
APRIL 2003 Newsletter
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ORANGE COUNTY & LOCAL NEWS
NY STATE NEWS
by Jacob J. Rieper, Legislative Director New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Family Court Judge Debra Kiedaisch had decided to run as the Democratic candidate for the state Supreme Court in the 9th Judicial District. The district covers five counties and the rumor is that local Republicans want Judge Rosenwasser for the position but Republicans from Westchester/Rockland will be trying to get another person in. Judge positions do not have a primary but the person running in the general election is chosen by committie and Orange does not have the pull to override what Westchester/Rockland want.
The fishing season has
started and the streams and lakes in
Orange County are being stocked with thousands of fish. The Spring
Stocking Program is one of the stocking programs that combine
efforts of the NY State DEC, Orange County and the Orange County
Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs. NY State DEC personal and
volunteers from the Orange County Federation travel to streams
lakes across the county to stock a variety of fish.
Every year in March the NEW YORK STATE CONSERVATION COUNCIL sponsors a trip to Albany to talk to our representatives in Albany. Among other points this year were:
We have this trip every year on the 3rd Tuesday of March. Transportation and food are provided for by the Orange County Federation. Please plan to attend next year.
Newburgh gunrunners convicted in federal court
March 29/30, 2003 Copyright © 2003 Mid-Hudson News Network
Two brothers from Newburgh were convicted in U.S. District Court
on multiple firearms charges.
As part of an ongoing public safety effort, Attorney General Eliot Spitzer today announced a lawsuit against the nation's largest retailer for selling toy guns that lack safety markings required by state law.
" Retailers doing business in New York state must comply fully with the state law that requires several distinctive markings on toy guns," Spitzer said. "This law is clear in its requirements and unassailable in its intent to ensure the safety of children and help law enforcement officials do their job."
The lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. follows months of effort by Spitzer's office to convince the Arkansas-based company to comply fully with the requirement that all toy guns bear several orange markings clearly distinguishing them from real weapons.
Wal-Mart has acknowledged that its toy guns do not have all of the state-required markings. The company maintains, however, that it need only comply with federal law, which requires an orange cap on the end of the barrel.
Spitzer said: "Companies cannot pick and choose which laws and which provisions of the law they will comply with. Firms that do business in New York must honor both the spirit and the letter of all our laws."
Benjamin to run for Republican nomination for UpChuck Schumer's
Michael Benjamin, 33 years old, is
running for the Republican nomination and he is already raising
for support. Michael is from NY City and has run for office in the
past. In 1996 he ran but lost against Jerrold Nadler.
The NYSRPA held it's annual meeting on April 5th at he Friar Tuck Spa Resort & Convention Center in Catskill, NY and about 120 people attended. Col Jeff Cooper (ret.) was the guest of honor and gave a great speech. Sen. Dale Volker was give the Legislature of the Year Award and he is trying to help us get the shooting sports returned to the Empire Games. Environmental Conservation Officer of the Year was Robert Doe from Monroe County, Region 8. The Sportsmen Education Instructor of the year was Richard DuMond of Walton, NY. The Club of the year was the Peconic River Sportsman's Club of Manorville, Long Island, NY. Gary F. Spear of Harpursville, John DiMeola from Mineola and Chris Sobers from Red Hook all were awarded various Pistol Shooting awards. The food was great as it always is and everyone enjoyed the event. Orange & Dutchess Counties were well represented
Try to attend next years meeting.
A485 was referred out of
the Assembly EnCon committee on March 18, 2003 and out of Assembly
Codes Committee on March 26.
the vote roster ) It has now been Reported to the Assembly Committee
floor calendar to be considered for a house vote
Please contact members of the Assembly and tell them you oppose
1. The present universal ban on the discharge of a firearm or long bow within 500 feet of an occupied building, factory, school or playground has prevented most incidents of this type for the last 70 years.
2. It would be better to amend the penal law to make the action of discharging a weapon at a school or school playground in a manner likely to cause injury or harm an act of reckless endangerment. It is the direction of the shooting, not the distance, which is the problem.
3. The bill would arbitrarily prohibit hunting, target shooting, dispatching a rabid animal, or other lawful activity of self-defense regardless of circumstances. A child target practicing with a bow and arrow in the yard of his or her home would be in violation of this statute even though the arrow probably would not travel more than 150 to 200 feet if shot in the air at a 45 degree angle.
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration is bucking the National Rifle Association and supporting a renewal of the assault-weapons ban, set to expire just before the presidential election.
"The president supports the current law, and he supports reauthorization of the current law," White House spokesman Scott McClellan said.
Tossing out the ban on semiautomatic weapons is a top priority for the NRA. President Bush said during his presidential campaign that he supported the current ban, but it was less clear whether he would support an extension.
The White House comment comes just before the NRA's annual convention and as the gun debate overall shows signs of fresh life after several years of near hibernation. Republicans now control the House and the Senate and are using their newfound power to breathe life into the stalled pro-gun rights agenda. This week, they pushed through a bill in the House to give gun makers and dealers sweeping immunity from lawsuits.
The assault-weapons ban is considered a crown jewel by the gun-control movement, and even though its expiration is more than a year away it is already being watched closely.
Attorney General John Ashcroft, who like Bush is a staunch gun-rights supporter, muddied the waters in a recent appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee when he refused to say whether the administration supports an extension. Ashcroft cited a 1999 Justice Department report that said the ban's impact on deadly gun violence is unclear.
The White House comment surprised those on both sides of the gun issue.
"That's lousy politics," said Grover Norquist, an NRA board member who leads the conservative pro-Bush group Americans for Tax Reform.
Joe Sudbay of the Violence Policy Center said it "creates a huge problem for Bush with the NRA."
"The NRA said they would be working out of the Oval Office when Bush was elected. This creates an interesting situation for them," he said.
Matt Bennett of Americans for Gun Safety applauded Bush's stance but urged the president to use his political clout to push for Congress to act. If Congress does nothing, the ban could just expire.
Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the NRA, said Bush's support was somewhat irrelevant.
"Ultimately, I think this issue is going to be decided by the Congress," LaPierre said.
If it is, the NRA has reason to be optimistic.
This week's action on the immunity legislation for dealers and gun makers reflects the interest of Republicans to resurrect the pro-gun rights agenda.
Congress was poised to act on the bill last fall, but the deadly sniper attacks in the Washington area prompted a delay. The measure has enough co-sponsors in the Senate to pass that chamber unless Democrats dig in their heels and filibuster.
Supporters of the immunity bill say it shields gun makers from bankruptcy because of frivolous lawsuits that became popular during the Clinton administration. Lawsuits filed by cities against gun manufacturers - modeled on similar litigation against the tobacco industry - have so far been unsuccessful but have kept gun makers tied up in court.
Gun-control advocates say the immunity bill will keep innocent victims of gun violence from getting their day in court.
The gun industry would become the first to receive blanket immunity protections if the bill succeeds.
The active gun debate stands in contrast to several years of inaction. Democrats largely abandoned the gun issue in the 2002 midterm election after some determined that it had been an albatross for Democratic presidential hopeful Al Gore in 2000.
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y., elected to Congress on a gun-control platform after her husband was killed and her son wounded by a deranged gunman on a Long Island commuter train in 1993, acknowledged that some Democrats are nervous about the gun issue.
She said soccer moms in the suburbs, so crucial to election success, draw the line at assault-style weapons such as AK-47s and Uzis, which can quickly fire multiple shots.
The 1994 bill made it illegal to manufacture, sell or possess certain semiautomatic weapons that discharge one shot for each pull of the trigger and automatically load a round of ammunition without being cocked. The prohibition is due to expire in September 2004.
But the NRA's LaPierre noted that the political climate on guns has changed dramatically in the last few years. The GOP has a lock on the White House and Congress, and he said that even some Democrats are campaigning on a pro-gun platform.
One who has not is Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who will introduce a bill to reauthorize the assault weapons ban in the coming weeks.
A new report due out later this year as a follow up to the 1999
report cited by Ashcroft could provide her with some fresh evidence.
One of its authors, Jeffrey Roth, said preliminary findings
showed that high-capacity magazines for ammunition, banned as
part of the 1994 bill, were being linked increasingly to violent
passed bill to shield gun makers and dealers from
House passed the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (H.R.
1036) by a vote of 285 to 140. Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) said
those suing gun makers and dealers are improperly assigning liability
people and companies who are not responsible for their injuries.
April 9, 7 p.m. Neal Knox Report
-- The House voted 285-140
a bit over an hour ago to end the frivolous, malicious lawsuits
trying to hold gun manufacturers, distributors and dealers
liable for the costs of criminal misuse of their legal products.
HANDGUN CONTROL GOES NUTS!!
Prez Blasts Gun Industry in NY lawsuit against more than 80
Kweisi Mfume, The head of the NAACP
said Thursday he believes neither government nor the gun industry
has been able to effectively control the
way handguns get into the hands of criminals, and his organization's
lawsuit is the best remedy.
House panel would shield gun industry
Measure would bar litigation that faults firms for fatalities
By Jesse J. Holland, Associated Press, 4/4/2003
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WASHINGTON -- A powerful House committee yesterday approved legislation that would block antigun lawsuits of the kind now being argued by the NAACP in federal court. The suits allege a link between gun marketing practices and street violence. By a 21-to-11 vote, the GOP-controlled House Judiciary Committee approved legislation to prohibit lawsuits from being brought against gun and ammunition manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and importers for damages resulting from ''misuse'' of their product.
agrees to stop gun sales at 118 California stores
(04-04) 18:08 PST SACRAMENTO
(AP) --Retail giant Wal-Mart agreed Friday to stop selling rifles
and shotguns immediately in its 118 California stores, following
violations of state firearms laws in six Central Valley stores. "Wal-Mart
acted promptly and responsibly by agreeing to immediately suspend the
sales of firearms in their California stores until corrective action
can be taken, including the proper training of store employees on state
UPDATE FROM NEAL KNOX REPORT 4/8/03
Wal-Mart, said to be the nation`s largest seller of
agreed Friday to immediately suspend the sale of firearms at its
118 California stores after an investigation by state Attorney
General Bill Lockyer found "numerous violations of state