May 13, 2013 (readMedia) -- The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Political Victory Fund is pleased to endorse Jeff Gildersleeve for Saratoga County Sheriff. Our endorsement is based upon his background as a firearms instructor who has educated students on safety, responsibility and shooting skills, as well as his strong commitment to the preservation of Second Amendment civil rights. NYSRPA encourages Saratoga County residents to support Gildersleeve in both the primary and general elections.
May 8, 2013 (readMedia) -- The arrest of an armed suspect yesterday in Troy highlights the failure of Governor Cuomo's so-called SAFE Act. According to WTEN, police responded to reports of shots fired and apprehended a suspected in possession of a loaded 9mm handgun with 13 rounds of ammunition in it.
"Clearly the alleged suspect was not deterred by the Governor's new prohibition on keeping more than seven rounds in magazine," said NYSRPA President Tom King. "He also was unfazed by the 100+ year old Sullivan Act and it's prohibition on unlicensed possession of a handgun. This is another clear example of how New York's gun laws, old and new, do not make the state any safer."
It being readily apparent that street thugs are not bothered by the SAFE Act, the question becomes why should ordinary, decent citizens be encumbered by it?
"What if this guy were breaking into someone's house?" King asked. "Legally the homeowner could only have seven rounds available for self-defense, putting him or her at a distinct disadvantage. Who seriously thinks that is good public policy?"
In the months since SAFE's passage, not once has Governor Cuomo acknowledged the use of firearms for personal protection or how his law negatively impacts it. It is time for the Governor and state legislature to have a serious discussion on the issue and reassess failed gun control policies.
April 16, 2013 (readMedia) -- The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association has filed a Motion for Preliminary Injunction in federal court in Buffalo seeking to stop enforcement of various provisions of the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013. At the same time the Association also filed a Motion for Expedited Hearing on its motion for a preliminary injunction.
The so-called SAFE Act prohibits citizens from exercising their specifically enumerated civil rights under the 2nd Amendment. NYSRPA believes the challenged portions of the Act will fail any applicable standard of review for constitutional rights and that enjoining enforcement is in the public interest.
April 1, 2013 (readMedia) -- The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association has filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York challenging the constitutionality of Title 38 of the Rules of the City of New York.
NYSRPA believes that 38 RCNY infringes upon the Second Amendment by denying the specifically enumerated civil right to possess and carry a firearm for personal defense as well as completely prohibiting residents from practicing safe gun handling at a firearms range or participating in shooting events located outside the borders of the City of New York.
The lawsuit requests a permanent injunction from all agents of the City of New York from enforcing 38 RCNY plus court costs and attorney's fees.
March 21, 2013 (readMedia) -- The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association filed suit today in federal court challenging the constitutionality of the so-called SAFE Act. NYSRPA believes SAFE violates the specifically enumerated right to keep and bear arms by prohibiting the possession of the most common firearms and accessories for self-defense and other lawful purposes.
"The Supreme Court affirmed an individual right to keep and bear arms in the landmark 2008 case of Heller v. District of Columbia and incorporated that decision to the states in the 2010 case of McDonald v. Chicago," said NYSRPA President Thomas King. "These decisions apply to all New Yorkers. Attempts to deny our citizens the best and most effective tools available for personal protection cannot be tolerated."
February 18, 2013 (readMedia) -- The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association will hold it's 5th Annual Lobby Day and Rally at the capitol in Albany on Thursday, February 28. All gun owners are welcome. Attendees should make an appointment with their state representatives to meet with them in their offices the morning of the 28th. A rally will take place outside in Capitol Park starting at noon featuring NRA President David Keene.