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NRA-ILA Alert: N.Y. Data Reveals Futility of Gun Registration Laws FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 2015
In an utter embarrassment to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and anti-gun legislators in Albany, recently released New York State Police data reveals massive noncompliance with the SAFE Act?s registration provisions. Out of an estimated 1-1.2 million semi-automatic firearms within the state that are required to be registered under the new law, 23,847 people have registered a grand total of 44,485 guns. Using the lower estimate of one million semi-automatic firearms, the new data shows a compliance rate of 4%. (To read full article click the headline above)

[NYSRPA-alert] Statement regarding low SAFE Act gun registration numbers
ALBANY, NY (06/23/2015)(readMedia)-- In response to the SAFE Act gun registration numbers released by the New York State Police, NYSRPA President Tom King made this statement: "I am amused at the pathetically low numbers of New Yorkers who registered their so-called assault rifles. The number of individuals who registered their guns is 24,000 and many of these are law-enforcement officials mandated to comply by their department. In short, New Yorkers have, by their lack of compliance, effectively repealed a portion of the NY SAFE Act. Congratulations to the gun owners of New York State."
"The NY SAFE Act is a blatant violation of our specifcally enumerated Constitutional freedom, period. I am proud of the comprehensive litigation that NYSRPA has filed with the help and support of the NRA to overturn this deeply-flawed law. New York gun owners know it is flawed and they are not complying with it. I am confident that we will ultimately prevail in getting significant portions of the law overturned in the courts." (To read full article click the headline above)

NRA-ILA Alert: "Lawful Purpose and Self Defense Act of 2015" Introduced to Curb BATFE Abuse FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2015 On Wednesday, June 10, 2015, Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources Rob Bishop (R-UT) introduced H.R. 2710, the "Lawful Purpose and Self Defense Act of 2015." This bill would remove BATFE's authority to interpret or reinterpret the "sporting purposes" clauses in federal law, which only serve to undermine the core purpose of the Second Amendment. Under Chairman Bishop?s legislation, all lawful purposes ? including self-defense ? would have to be given due consideration and respect in the administration of federal law. (To read full article click the headline above)
To Urge your U.S. Representative to cosponsor and support this important legislation today! CLICK HERE!

NRA-ILA Alert: The Trace: Just Another Effort to Mislead America FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 2015
One recurring truth about the anti-gun movement is how often they try to create new organizations which claim ?neutrality? or ?moderation? on the Second Amendment, but in reality are nothing more than carbon copies of all the anti-gun groups that have come before them. (To read full article click the headline above)

NRA-ILA Alert: Judge Slams Brady Campaign for Frivolous Lawsuit that Costs Plaintiffs Over $200K FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 2015
Sometimes victory is years in the making. A recent court victory, however, reminds all of us how important the NRA-ILA's legislative victories can be, even many years or decades down the road. Our hat is off to all the NRA members who answered the call to action while we waged a seven year pitched battle to protect firearm manufacturers and dealers against frivolous lawsuits for the criminal misuse of firearms and ammunition. Your calls, emails, and letters from so many years ago were answered in the affirmative earlier this week. (To read full article click the headline above)

[NYSRPA-alert] Ortt, Panepinto pass SAFE Act reforms:
State Sen. Rob Ortt, R-C-I-North Tonawanda, joined his Senate Republican colleagues in successfully passing a series of reforms (S5837) to the controversial NY-SAFE Act Monday.
The legislation includes reforms that relate to transferring certain firearms to family members, reporting mental health issues, gun licensing applications and licensing recertification processes. The bill also would repeal a provision of the SAFE Act that requires a background check for a person purchasing ammunition. This is known as the ammunition database. (To read full article click the headline above)

[NYSRPA-alert] Albany may require gun owners to lock up their weapons:
City gun owners may soon be required to keep their firearms under lock and key at home.
A proposed law vetted Monday by city lawmakers would force gun owners to store their weapons in a "secure container" or disable them with a trigger lock whenever they are "out of his or her immediate possession or control" at home..

[NYSRPA-alert] LI Endorsements:
The NYSRPA Political Victory Fund is pleased to endorse Amos Goodman for Suffolk County Legislature District 2 and Angelo Lomonte for Long Beach City Council in Nassau County.
If anyone wants to volunteer or contribute directly to their campaigns here is their contact information:
Friends of Angelo Lomonte
458 E. Beech Street
Long Beach, N.Y. 11561

[NYSRPA-alert] NYSRPA pleased State Senate passed SAFE Act reform legislation:
The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association is pleased the State Senate passed bill S-5837 repealing portions of the so-called SAFE Act.
"The SAFE Act is an undeniable failure at preventing violent crime. The increase in shootings and assaults across New York City prove that," NYSRPA President Tom King stated. "This common sense bill is a good first step at restoring the civil rights of millions of New Yorkers."
King concluded, "There is nothing wrong with a person admitting they made a mistake. The Governor and State Assembly should have the courage to say they did just that. On behalf of the millions of firearm owners all across the state, I encourage the Assembly to take up take up companion legislation before the end of regular sessions next week.".

NRA-ILA Alert: New York: Fight Continues Against SAFE Act and Dozens of Other Anti-Gun Bills:
Lawmakers are entering the final weeks of the 2015 legislative session in Albany, and NRA continues to focus its efforts on the partial and/or complete repeal of the SAFE Act. We are also actively engaged and working against the hundreds of anti-gun bills that remain in the hopper. Make no mistake, our adversaries are not satisfied with the deeply flawed SAFE Act and continue to push for even more draconian restrictions.

Democrat & Chronicle - Help Wanted: Gun group seeks candidates:
The state's largest group representing gun owners is looking to back candidates against incumbent state lawmakers -- and it's looking for resumes. The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association sent out an "action alert" Tuesday to its members, seeking candidates who are willing to run against sitting lawmakers who have supported stronger gun-control measures.

Breitbart - NY Democrat Introduces Expanded Background Checks for Gun Shows:
On May 19, Representative Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY-12th District) introduced legislation to expand background checks to gun shows. Titled the Gun Show Loophole Closing Act, Maloney's legislation would require a background check on any private sale conducted at a gun show. Maloney did not name one criminal or high profile attacker who got his or her gun via a private sale at a gun show.

Politics on the Hudson - Senate Republicans' pick of a leader who voted in support of the controversial gun-control law in 2013 is not sitting well with gun-right groups
and the state's leading gun group said it would consider primaries next year against GOP senators if they don't seek changes to the law.

NYSRPA-alert - Here is the list of GOP Senators who voted for John Flanagan:

    All of Long Island and New York City:
  • Mike Nozzolio
  • Cathy Young
  • Hugh Farley
  • Jim Seward
  • Bill Larkin
NYSRPA-alert - The election of Senator John Flanagan as the the leader of the New York State Senate Republican Caucus is a divisive blow to the freedom loving people of New York and should send a chill down the spine of every gun owner since the new leader voted in favor of the so-called SAFE Act. What this says is the Republican Party cares nothing about the hardworking, God-fearing and 2nd Amendment loving residents of New York State. While paying lip service the concerns of their core constituency, they elect a leader who will continue the status quo. The Senators who cast their vote for Senator Flanagan must pay for this breach of trust in the next election.

NYSRPA-alert - NYSRPA calls for Attorney General Schneiderman to investigate advertising agency for gun law violations.
Video produced for gun control group appears to show multiple felony violations of city and state law.

NYSRPA-Alert - Congressman Steve Israel (NY-03) called on ATF to reevaluate the decision and immediately ban 5.56 mm M855 green tip ammunition,
Additionally, Rep. Israel announced the Modernize Law Enforcement Protection Act that would extend the definition of armor-piercing ammunition to include all bullets that can pierce body armor and be used in handguns.

NYSRPA-Alert - President Obama remains committed to "common-sense" gun regulations,
Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) ripped the ATF, saying their decision to delays ammo bans puts police officers in danger.

NYSRPA-alert - Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he won't rush!
Cuomo championed the SAFE Act that was passed by the state Legislature in the wake of the Newtown, Conn.. school shootings in December 2012, and a provision of the law would require gun dealers to run a background check on anyone buying ammunition in New York.

NYSRPA-alert - U.S. Rep. Kathleen Rice! -- would expand the existing background check system while providing 'reasonable exceptions for family and friends'. NOT WHAT IT SEEMS?
U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice today joined a bipartisan coalition of U.S. House members to introduce new legislation that would expand the existing background check system to cover all commercial firearm sales, including those at gun shows, over the internet or in classified ads, while providing reasonable exceptions for family and friend transfers. H.R. 1217, officially titled thePublic Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2015, was authored by Reps. Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Peter King (R-NY).

SCOPE-backed "Repeal" Bills in Albany! -- Urge your representatives to do what they were elected to do!
Do you remember how you felt when the 3 men in a room rammed through the NY Secure Ammunition Firearms Enforcement Act and because of an acronym fooled the downstate people that it was somehow keeping them safe? Take a moment to complete the auto letter and get aboard with the battle to restore our 2nd amendments rights denied to us by our legislators.

NYSRPA-alert - SCOPE lobby day March 3rd
In the spirit of cooperation and camaraderie that our sport is known for; the NYSRPA would like to announce that SCOPE will hold a Lobby Day on March 3, 2015 and we urge our members to contact your legislators in person or by phone that day.

BATFE To Ban Common AR-15 Ammo (NRA-ILA)
In a move clearly intended by the Obama Administration to suppress the acquisition, ownership and use of AR-15s and other .223 caliber general purpose rifles, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives unexpectedly announced today that it intends to ban commonplace M855 ball ammunition as ?armor piercing ammunition.?

Orleans Legislature will again push for repeal of SAFE Act (NYSRPA)
The Orleans County Legislature has gone on the record several times the past two years, stating its opposition to the SAFE Act.

Your Action Urgently Needed to Prevent BATFE from Banning Common Rifle Ammunition!
Oppose BATFE?s Expansion of the Federal "Armor Piercing" Ammo Ban and Tell Congress to Act.

Gun groups launch new push for concealed-carry legislation (The Hill)
The National Rifle Association (NRA) and other Second Amendment advocates are throwing their weight behind the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, a bill introduced in both chambers of Congress that would allow gun owners to carry concealed weapons across state lines.

Interstate Transportation of Firearms and Ammunition Bill Introduced (NRA-ILA)
U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) recently introduced H.R. 131, a bill that would more comprehensively address the interstate transportation of firearms and ammunition for law-abiding gun owners.