In a recent "investigative" story done by local NBC affiliate I-Team 10 in Rochester, which revealed that a number of hunting licenses have been issued to convicted felons over the past decade, State Senator Michael Nozzolio indicated that he might be introducing legislation to remedy the problem by requiring criminal background checks for all hunting license applicants. Apparently, when I-Team 10 did their misleading investigation, they failed to uncover and report the fact that there are many people who have hunting licenses who do not possess or use firearms. For example, in New York State it is necessary to obtain a big game hunting license prior to obtaining a bow hunting permit.
After careful review of the issue, Senator Nozzolio has contacted the NRA and has stated the he does not plan to introduce new legislation on this subject and believes that the challenge of keeping firearms out of the hands of felons can be met by enforcement of federal law. We commend Senator Nozzolio's efforts to thouroughly analyze the issue before taking any action and we encourage members to contact Senator Nozzolio at (315) 568-9816 to let him know that we appreciated his attention to the matter.
Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.