On Thursday 2/2/17, the U.S. House passed H.J. Res. 40, a joint resolution to revoke the Social Security gun ban enacted by the Obama administration on December 19. John Faso (R) 19th congressional district and Elise Stefanik (R) 21st congressional district voted to protect Social Security recipients ability to purchase firearms.
New York State Senator Rob Ortt has introduced a bill that would limit the unSAFE act to downstate NY. Senator Ortt believes if NYC can have different laws for ride sharing and minimum wage then gun control can join that list of differences. An Article by Ben Axelson for NYup.com has more details.
The NRA moved quickly to endorse President Trump’s pick to replace Justice Antonin Scalia. Trump’s Pick of Neil Gorsuch will likely be contentious; However, Gorsuch was confirmed unanimously to his current position in the 10th circuit.
Although county clerks already have the responsibility to maintain pistol/revolver license records, in January 2017 the New York State Police began sending letters to handgun license holders with directions for submitting the license recertification form that is now required under the UnSAFE Act. For licenses issued before January 15, 2013, the legal deadline to submit the recertification form to the NY State Police is by or before January 31, 2018.
Capital District SCOPE encourages you NOT to submit the form this year (2017) and NOT to submit the information electronically. Wait until January 2018 to submit the paper form by mail. Make a copy to keep, and use certified mail return receipt so that you have proof of your mailing and receipt by the New York State Police.
Why not use the electronic form on the State Police website?
• Submitting the form electronically on the State Police website is an option that helps them to effortlessly compile the “pristine” database that is their goal to create. Since Governor Cuomo and the legislature did not have the people’s best interest at heart when the UnSAFE Act was rammed through and passed in 2013, they do not deserve our clerical assistance in this matter.
Why wait until January 2018?
• Much can happen in the 2017 legislative session and throughout the entire year that could affect this law in one way or another… Time will tell.
• The arrival of hundreds of thousands of forms all at once will overwhelm the office and send a message of coordinated resistance.
• Wait to learn what responses are received by those who respond early.
If, when, and how you submit the form are decisions that each handgun owner has to make. For those considering noncompliance, understand this may result in the loss of all your firearms and possibly a year in jail. Many methods of challenging this unjust and unconstitutional law are being considered. We encourage you to become actively involved in effective Second Amendment organizations to support this effort.
– Capital District SCOPE Board of Directors
Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo will present on pistol license recertification requirements…..
Wednesday, March 1st
at Saraspa Rod and Gun Club
170 Porter Corners Rd.
Greenfield Center, 12833
The public is welcome to attend. Thank you to Saraspa Rod & Gun Club for hosting this important event.
Rensselaer County Clerk Frank Merola & Albany County Clerk Bruce Hidley to speak on pistol license recertification requirements….
Monday, Feb. 13th 7:00 pm
Brunswick Sportsman's Club 78 Brunswick Sportsman's Club Rd. Cropseyville, NY 12052 (Off Route 2, 2.4 miles east of Tamarack)
Thank you to Brunswick Sportsman’s Club for hosting this important event & for inviting Capital District SCOPE members!
A very interesting article about Chicago gun ranges.
The Saratoga gun show is set to return to The Saratoga Springs City Center. The show will return on May 26 – 28 of 2017. The show’s organizers were told in April 2016 that the show would no longer be welcome. However, after Senator Kathy Marchione submitted a petition with 2,000 signatures to The City Center Authority Board – the show will be held this spring.
Elections for Chairman, Vice Chairman I, Vice Chairman II, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership will take place at the March 21st Meeting of Capital District SCOPE. The last meeting was cancelled due to poor weather. The meeting will be at 7pm at Zaloga Post, 4 Everett Rd. Ext., Albany 12205.
Governor Cuomo is discriminating against law-abiding gun owners in New York State again by over reporting patients to the FBI. Civil Rights attorney Paloma A. Capanna found that Cuomo’s voluntary reporting to NICS of 80,000 residents as involuntarily committed to a mental institution.
According to Capanna, “In the past 12 months, Governor Cuomo has reported more than 80,000 residents of this State to the FBI for having been involuntarily committed to a mental institution.”. “Out of the total of more than 460,000 persons reported since 2013, a few people across the state have somehow been targeted by the NYS Police for revocation of their handgun license and confiscation of their firearms. Every person I have represented to date in such a license hearing has proven to the satisfaction of the court that the report against them was false. This upsurge in reporting by Cuomo to the FBI is nothing more than opportunism to discriminate against law-abiding gun owners by fanning the flames of societal fear against people who voluntarily seek care and treatment.” says Capanna.