Capital District SCOPE wants you to vote in the special elections today.  Here are candidate ratings, based our members review of the candidates support of the second amendment .  Make your own choice.

For Assembly District 107 (Rensselaer and parts of Columbia County):

Jake Ashby:  Rated A     Veteran, opposes the SAFE Act, strongly supports second amendment rights, thinks school districts should make their own decisions on arming teachers

Cindy Doran:  Rated F     Said she supports the SAFE Act and will act to ban weapons, making gun control an important election issue


For Assembly District 102 (Parts of Albany, Columbia and Greene County):

Christopher Tague:  Rated B      Thinks bump stocks should be outlawed,  has not said much else on the second amendment

Aidan O’Connor Jr:    Rated D   Says he is a gun owner, hasn’t pushed gun control in his campaign, does not like how SAFE Act was passed, thinks guns should be registered, believes magazine limit of 10 rounds is good for NY

Wes Laraway, Independent Party:  Rated  D     Says he believes in the second amendment, thinks the SAFE Act needs major reforms, wants 21 year age requirement for all gun purchases, believes in medical detectors at schools, believes armed sheriff deputies should be at our schools, thinks arming teachers is a horrible idea

Request for Help for a Member

Hello Friends,

A Capital District SCOPE member could use a hand.  His name is Fred Phelps and he has been battling a pre SAFE Act second amendment case for several years and is trying to go to the U.S. Supreme Court over it.  He can’t afford the cost and his attorney put together a go-fund-me page to gather funds to pursue the lawsuit.

He has been added to the NICs database after a temporary admission to a mental institution, where he was evaluated and released as as not being adjudicated mentally ill.  He has no criminal record.  He wants to retire and enjoy the rest of his life hunting and fishing but is not allowed to purchase a rifle.

I talked to Fred personally and I also talked to his attorney and they are both decent people.  If you can spare some money, please help support Fred and his lawsuit.

Meet Chris Tague candidate for 102nd Assembly District

Chris Tague
Chris Tague

Chris Tague will speak at Coxsackie Sportsmen’s Club on Thursday, April 12th, 2018

A special election to replace Assemblyman Peter Lopez will take place on April 24th, 2018. Mr. Lopez was a vocal critic of New York’s unSAFE act. The Meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:00 PM on April 12, 2018. Coxsackie Sportsmen’s Club is located at 97 Reservoir Rd. West Coxsackie, NY 12192. The meeting is open to interested voters – the club’s membership meeting will take place after the meeting with Mr. Tague. A flyer for the event is attached, please feel free to print and distribute.


Congresswoman Elise Stefanik will be hosting a public town hall meeting

on Thursday, April 5th from 12 to 2 pm at the Moreau Community Center, 144 Main Street, South Glens Falls, NY 12803.

The second amendment will be the key issue.

Anti-second amendment protesters will be there in force.

We need to show up with our pro- 2A signs and show them that there are more of us than there are of them.

Please try and get there by 11 am. Bring your pro 2A signs that you have used in the past, even old anti-safe Act signs.

Weather will be sunny, the mid-30s.

We need to outnumber the gun grabbers. Forward this to your pro-gun friends.

Teacher’s aide arrested, fired for having loaded gun in Rockland County school


Teacher’s aide arrested, fired for having loaded gun in Rockland County school.  The school, in Rockland County, serves an autistic student body ages 5 to 21.

Police said the 9mm handgun was discovered in the handbag owned by Gillian Jeffords, 24, of Warwick, who has been working for Rockland County BOCES since last September. She was charged with the felony of criminal possession of a weapon on school grounds.

She was fired on Friday, according to News12 Hudson Valley, after initially being suspended……. more here

WANT TO BE AN ACTIVIST?  Email, write or call the district attorney and tell him to bury the charges,  or call the school


Meet and Greet Chris Tague

Candidate for NY Assembly 102 District

Chris Tague (R) will be at the Barn and Bistro in Westerlo, NY for a meet and greet. Mr. Tague is a candidate in the special election to replace Peter Lopez to be held on April 24th.

Mr. Lopez was an outspoken opponent of the unSAFE act and stepped down from the Assembly after he was appointed Region 2 administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The event is sponsored by the Westerlo Republican Committee. The event is scheduled to take place on March 21, 2018, at 5:30 PM and the Barn and Bistro’s address is 288 State Route 143, Westerlo, NY.

A flyer for the event can be found here.