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New York Legislature Considering Pistol License Bills!

Friday, February 20, 2009

State Senator Eric Schneiderman (D-31), Chairman of the Codes Committee, has introduced Senate Bill 1598, legislation similar to Assembly Bill 801, that directly targets New York’s law-abiding pistol license holders by requiring licenses be renewed every five years.  In addition, it would mandate that all applicants outside New York City complete training and a test before a license may be issued.  Keep in mind that a license is required in New York State simply to possess a handgun and in many cases licensees are only allowed to keep a handgun in their homes or businesses or to travel to and from the range. 

This would mean that most qualified New Yorkers would be required to undergo training and a test still to be denied the right to carry a firearm for the purpose of self-defense.  If this proposal is approved, gun owners can expect that a process that is already unfair in most parts of the state will become more so. 

Please call your lawmakers TODAY and urge them to oppose S1598/A801.  State Assembly Members can be reached by phone at (518) 455-4100.  To find your Assembly Member, click here.  Your State Senator can be contacted through the Senate switchboard at (518) 455-2800.  To find your State Senator, please click here.

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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.