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New York: “Anti-Gun” Lobby Day Advances Numerous Attacks on Our Second Amendment Rights!

Friday, May 1, 2009

As expected, the anti-gun majority in the New York State Assembly passed numerous bills that would have an enormous impact on law-abiding gun owners, sportsmen and responsible licensed firearms retailers.  Emboldened by a new political landscape in Albany, where Democrats now outnumber Republicans in the Senate by a razor-thin margin, anti-gunners in the Assembly approved the following bills:

Assembly Bill 801A, sponsored by State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-8), would require five year renewals on pistol licenses.  Its companion bill is Senate Bill 1598, sponsored by State Senator Eric Schneiderman (D-31).

Assembly Bill 1093, also sponsored by Assemblywoman Paulin, would impose new restrictions on licensed dealers and require retailers to obtain liability insurance against the possibility of a crime being committed with a firearm any time after it is legally sold.  The companion bill to A1093 is Senate Bill 1715, sponsored by State Senator Eric Schneiderman (D-31).

Assembly Bill 1326, sponsored by Assemblyman Steve Englebright (D-4), would outlaw handguns ”capable” of being fired by anyone five years of age or younger, this legislation would outlaw virtually all handguns in New York.

Assembly Bill 2881, sponsored by State Assemblyman David Koon (D-135), would ban frangible ammunition.  The companion bill for A2881 is Senate Bill 2379, sponsored by State Senator Frank Padavan (R-11). 

Assembly Bill 2882, also sponsored by Assemblyman Koon, would expand the ballistic imaging program.

Assembly Bill 3076A, sponsored by State Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh (D-74), would institute a training requirement for issuance of a pistol license.

Assembly Bill 3211A, sponsored by State Assemblywoman Patricia Eddington (D-3), would outlaw .50 caliber firearms.

Assembly Bill 5844, sponsored by State Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg (D-20), would require the mandatory storage of firearms.  The companion bill for A5844 is Senate Bill 3098, sponsored by State Senator Eric Schneiderman (D-31).

Assembly Bill 6157, sponsored by State Assemblyman Matthew Titone (D-61), would expand the state’s current ban on so-called “assault weapons.”

Assembly Bill 6468, sponsored by State Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel (D-16), would ban the sale of all semi-automatic handguns not equipped with so-called micro-stamping technology. The companion bill for A6468 is Senate Bill 4397, sponsored by State Senator Eric Schneiderman (D-31). 

All of these bills now head to the State Senate.

It is more important than ever that you contact your State Senator and respectfully let them know that you OPPOSE the bills listed above. Call, e-mail or write TODAY and urge them not to bring NEW YORK CITY-STYLE GUN CONTROL to your doorstep!

Contact information for the New York State Senate members can be found here. 

The NRA would like to thank the following members of the Assembly for speaking out on behalf of law-abiding gun owners, hunters and sportsmen during the debate:  Nancy Calhoun (R-96), Greg Ball (R-99), Cliff Crouch (R-107), Teresa Sayward (R-113), Stephen Hawley (R-139), Mark Schroeder (D-145), Tony Jordan (R-112), David Townsend (R-115), Marc Molinaro (R-103), Ginny Fields (D-5), Joel Miller (R-102), Annie Rabbitt (R-97) and Marc Butler (R-117).

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