Local Activism Alert – Local Criminal Justice Forums

Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin, Rensselaer County DA Mary Pat Donnelly, Rensselaer County Sheriff Pat Russo and Rensselaer County Chair Mike Stammel Announce 3 Forums on State Criminal Justice Reforms to be Held in Rensselaer County in December.

Criminal justice forums will be held on 3 dates:

Monday, Dec. 9, 6-8 p.m., County Legislature chambers, County Office Bldg., 1600 7th Ave., Troy;

Thursday, Dec. 12, 6-8 p.m., Schaghticoke Town Hall, 290 Skyline Dr., Melrose; and

Wednesday, Dec. 18, 6-8 p.m., Schodack Town Hall, 265 Schuurman Rd.

Stop in and tell them what you think.

If You Post a Picture of Your Gun on FaceBook, You Should Know About This…..Serial Numbers

From 2nd Amendment Daily News:

Google And Facebook Are Making a Photo Gun Registry Complete With Serial Numbers

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Washington, DC — On Wednesday, The Firearm Blog posted a story that will likely blow most gun owners away. Earlier in the day, Jalopnik, a website for selling cars and car parts posted an article about cars and license plate numbers. Not exactly breaking gun news.
But Jalopnik’s article claimed that if you put in a license plate number into google, it would pull up any images stored of that car or it’s license plate. Google was essentially using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) on license plates in Google Images. This made the license plates (and thus the cars) searchable by Google query.

Curious, The Firearm Blog wondered if Google was also using that Optical Character Recognition on the serial numbers of guns. And it turns out, they are. That’s right. Every gun picture uploaded to Google, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and Twitter is being automatically scanned using OCR and its serial number is now stored. To prove that this data mining was happening, The Firearm Blog used examples of gun pictuers they had posted to their blogs—and thus of which they had the serial numbers. They typed in the serial numbers and nothing else (no gun make or model, etc) and immediately Google showed them their own blog post with that exact gun in it. Google had read the practically microscopic serial number from off the gun in their blog post and had used that data mining to add the serial number to their database.

Google is archiving these serial numbers and making a collection of every gun that’s ever been uploaded to the internet. Granted, not every picture of every gun will be readable by their software, but the fact remains that they likely have pictures of millions and millions of American guns stored with their serial numbers in this searchable database.

If you put the serial number in quotes in your search, Google is forced to look only for that string of numbers. And it pulled the image up in seconds.

This is basically a ghost registry.

If you’re the kind of person who puts fake info on a grocer store membership card, then you might want to seriously consider blacking out your serial numbers before posting pictures of your guns in any online format, or even reconsider posting them at all.

PA Man Shot in Tactical Training Class is Paralyzed and Could Use Your Help Recovering

From The Milford Beacon

An accident during a tactical training game has paralyzed a Milton man.

Darin McMahon, 46, and his brother, Sean, 49, are co-owners of Activ Pest Control in Lewes. Both participate in tactical shooting drills as a hobby.

Please Help Darin’s Go Fund Me Page: https://www.gofundme.com/f/darin-mcmahon?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet

“It’s something Darin and I and a group of guys from high school do,” Sean McMahon said. “It’s purely recreational.”

Sean was with Darin September 15 at Threat Assessment & Tactical Solutions Group in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, a drill run by Rockwell Tactical Group, a group they had trained with before.

According to a Facebook post, Rockwell Tactical rented out the location for a private function and was using their own equipment and staff.

“We use firearms that are modified to shoot chalk markers, not live ammo,” Sean said.

Police have not commented on how it happened, but somehow, the unthinkable happened. Darin was shot in the neck with a bullet. He was transported by helicopter to a hospital.

“The prognosis right now is paralysis from the neck down,” Sean said. “The surgeon indicated he may have some control in his shoulders or arms, but most likely not hands or anything below that. We are hopeful.”

Darin is in stable condition. He is sedated and on a ventilator, but according to Sean, he is responding to questions with slight nods.

Darin’s wife, Tiffany McMahon, is a teacher at Rehoboth Elementary School. The couple has two children, Sage, seven, and Cohen, five.

Sean’s wife, Kathy, set up a GoFundMe for her brother-in-law’s family to go toward Tiffany’s travel expenses (to and from the hospital), medical expenses and home modifications.

The community has been generous. By Sept. 24, almost $70,000 had been raised.

“Darin is very well known and liked in the community. There are a million local business people, and people up and down the east coast, that have contributed not only to the GoFundMe but that are offering building services and things of that nature,” Sean said. “I, personally, am overwhelmed.”

Now They Want to Take Away Your NY Compliant AR-15’s Also.

Credit to Gun Politics of NY who spotted this.

It happened in Massachusetts, when fool Attorney General Maura Healy “reinterpreted” their 20 year old “Assault Weapon” (Modern Firearm) law so that current Massachusetts compliant AR-15’s can no longer be purchased and are longer considered compliant. Although currently owned Massachusetts AR’s are grandfathered, I’m sure its only a matter of time before some other political fool tries to confiscate them.

Fools are at it again. It’s an official resolution from New York City that pertains to all of New York State, not just the city. In NEW YORK CITY, fool NYC Councilman Fernando Cabrera introduced a city resolution that says modifying an AR-15 to make it New York State compliant is an effort to SKIRT THE NYS SAFE ACT LAW and New York State should close the “statutory loophole” that allows compliant rifles to exist by modifying standard configuration AR-15s. And the resolution states… the state will be a safer place when any modification to an AR-15 is made illegal. Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls on the New York State Legislature to introduce and pass and for the Governor to sign legislation making it illegal to remodify an AR-15 firearm.

So there you go. Now they are taking baby steps toward taking away your compliant ARs also. The anti-gun fools in NYC are petitioning the rest of New York to ban NY compliant AR-15s. It may not be this year, or next year, but what do you think their next step will be…….And now we see the slippery slope we are all perched upon.

This will go nowhere….., but is is a trial balloon, or a planted seed, designed to take away your rights. Check it out here: Res 1044-2019

Albany Firm Now Shipping Biometric Gun Holsters

I think this is the RPI student that invented the holster about a year ago…..

From WAMC via Gun Politics of NY:

A Capital Region startup focused on firearm safety has begun shipping a one-of-a-kind locking gun holster.

Latham, New York-based Vara Safety expects to ship thousands of locally assembled advanced holster safes that employ strategically placed biometrics to properly secure any handgun, yet allow immediate release.

Vara Founder and CEO Timmy Oh says the devices are on the cutting edge of gun safety technology “that allows people to have both personal protection and effective gun safety, mainly because currently those two values are mutually exclusive.” The holsters are manufactured in Rochester.

Vara touts support from organizations including the Center for Economic Growth. Here’s a link to the company website.

A Rensselaer County Man Was Charged Under the Red Flag Law for a Flippant Remark in a Court Parking Lot About How it Would be easier to Kill Himself than to Deal with New York State Laws. All His Guns Were Seized Under the Red Flag Law.

A Rensselaer County man, working in New Lebanon, fired an unregistered H & K 9mm handgun across a field in the vicinity of a parked pickup truck. State Police stated the man fired at the pickup truck, however, it has not been verified that the man intentionally fired at the truck. The bullet went through the truck body and landed in the bed of the truck.

The truck owner contacted the police when he discovered a bullet hole in his truck. State police investigators identified the shooter and he was arrested for felony criminal possession of a weapon and two misdemeanors — reckless endangerment and criminal mischief.

After the man was arraigned at Court, his spouse says he made a flippant comment in the parking lot about how it would be easier to kill himself than deal with New York State laws. She says the comment was taken out of context, and he wasn’t remotely serious about it.

Troopers used the comment to file Red Flag paper work in Rensselaer County. “State Police filed the Extreme Risk Protection Order because during the course of the investigation, it was determined that Robert King could pose a threat to himself or others,” Trooper Aaron Hicks said in a statement. The paperwork was reviewed by state Supreme Court Judge Patrick J. McGrath.

Seized guns included antiques and family heirlooms.

2AWNY Sets up a Hotline to Review Red Flag Cases

2AWNY, a civil rights second Amendment Advocacy Group, has opened a hotline to review red flag gun confiscations in New York.

The hotline number is at (855)-277-1383. Individuals can also use 2AWNY’s Incident Report Web Portal to file a report: 2awny.com.

2AWNY is dedicated to assisting in the organization, promotion, and funding of legal challenges to the unconstitutional New York State gun control regime.

Is it Time Yet to Push Back?

My question is….. is it time yet to protest Walmart?

Showing some push back would make national news. Imagine if gun owners across the country coordinated and had a protest at every Walmart in the country at the same day and time.

Crazy NY Assembly-Persons Want You to PROVE You Are NOT Crazy Before You Can Have a Gun

This is thanks to an August 28th article by Eric Wagner.

Assembly Bill A. 1589, introduced by Democratic Assemblyman Thomas Abinati and co-sponsored by Taylor, D’Urzo, Ortiz, Vanel, Jaffee, Paulin, Benedetto, Seawright, Arroyo, and Cook, will require you to take and pass a mental health evaluation, approved by the NYS mental health commissioner, as PROOF you are not crazy, prior to obtaining a gun, even if the gun is given to you through inheritance or as a gift from immediate family. There are no exceptions. It leaves it up to the commissioner of mental health, an unelected regulator, to come up with a evaluation for you to follow to PROVE you can have a gun. The people of New York will have no say in the plan because it will be made up by an agency and not by voted for by the public.

You can look forward to such future distortions of this planned law as, ….anyone who is (insert here…a republican, raises their voice when they are called Fredo, in a militia, a member of the NRA, etc.) must be unstable and not be able to have a gun.

This bill appears to be a virtue signalling pander put forth by left wing democrats who want to look like they are doing something. It’s even a little crazy that this bill was submitted.

How about if you don’t have a criminal record and you are not adjudicated mentally defective, it’s your 2nd amendment right to own a gun to protect yourself and your family!