In a maneuver aimed at creating a gun ban that may be more palatable to its current opponents, Assembly Democrats last week recalled A 7039, the .50 caliber gun ban that had already been approved by the Assembly and delivered to the Senate in mid-March. Facing opposition in the GOP-controlled Senate, A 7039 has gone back to the Assembly where lawmakers will consider an amendment that would create an exemption for muzzle-loading .50 caliber firearms commonly used by hunters. Law-abiding target shooters and collectors would still be forced to turn over their firearms to the state or face becoming criminals. Lawmakers could consider this amendment upon their return to Albany on April 14. Please contact your Assembly member and let him know that this is still a GUN BAN and urge him to OPPOSE any amendment. To get contact information for your Representatives please use the "Write your Representatives" feature located at www.NRAILA.org.