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New York: Chaos Leaves Status of Anti-Gun Bill Uncertain

Friday, June 12, 2009

The chaos continued in Albany on Wednesday, June 10 as ousted State Senate Democrats took their arguments for keeping control of the chamber before a judge and the new "Coalition Majority" gaveled in to convene its first legislative session since Monday's changes. Thirty-two members voted present, but were unable to act on any legislation as the Secretary of the Senate has refused to turn over physical possession of bills. 

State Supreme Court Judge George Ceresia declined to grant an injunction preventing the "Coalition Majority" from moving forward with plans to return to business.  At this time, the legal maneuvering continues and the next scheduled Senate session is Monday, June 15.  

Where all of this leaves law-abiding gun owners remains to be seen. Senate Bill 4397A (micro-stamping legislation) was placed on the Senate calendar before this chaos began, so it will remain on the calendar and has the potential to be acted upon by the Senate. Efforts are being made to effect the movement of S 4397A from the floor calendar to the Rules Committee in order to have it tabled or otherwise disposed of completely. 

Just prior to the dramatic events that unfolded on Monday afternoon, it had become apparent that NRA grassroots pressure had eroded much of the support that S 4397A may have once had; however, the state of flux in the New York State Senate requires that everyone keep a close watch.  The possibility still remains that the bill could be brought to the Senate floor.

We will keep you updated as to any movement on S 4397A.  Please continue checking your email and www.NRAILA.org for updates.

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