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The CoBIS program was introduced by Gov. Pataki in 2001. Its stated purpose is to collect identifying data from the shell casings of all new handguns sold in the state. This information is then entered into a database for use by law enforcement to aid in identifying and prosecuting criminals. Since its inception, over 350,000 shell cases have been collected and entered into the database – at an estimated cost of $43 million – and not a single arrest or conviction has resulted. In fact, CoBIS has proven to be such a boondoggle that no other state is even considering implementing their own version of it.

If Gov. Cuomo and the Legislature are serious about streamlining the budget then CoBIS ought to be abolished and its resources reallocated by the State Police to proven crime-fighting programs.

November 17, 2011 (readMedia) — In a move that will eliminate the confusing patchwork of state laws regarding the concealed carry of firearms, the House of Representatives today passed H.R. 822 – the “National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011.” In brief, H.R. 822 allows anyone with a valid state-issued concealed firearm license to carry a concealed firearm in any state that issues such licenses, or that does not prohibit the carrying of concealed firearms for lawful purposes. Thus, in the same way that each state recognizes driver’s licenses issued in other states, each state will recognize other states’ concealed carry licenses. Each state’s laws governing where concealed firearms may be carried will continue to apply within its borders.

The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association congratulates the House on the passage of this bill, and urges the Senate to take it up as soon as possible. Special thanks go to these members of the New York Congressional delegation: Bill Owens, Brian Higgins, Maurice Hinchey, Nan Hayworth, Richard Hanna, Tom Reed, Ann Marie Buerkle, Kathy Hochul and most of all Chris Gibson. “Chris Gibson got it right when he said on the House floor that H.R. 822 is about freedom,” said Tom King NYSRPA President. “The strong bipartisan support the bill received from our Congressional delegation shows that gun rights is a mainstream issue for New Yorkers.”

October 25, 2011 (readMedia) — With the fall elections a short time away, the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association wants to remind all gun owners to vote freedom first on Election Day.

Specifically, the residents of Philipstown should remember that Town Supervisor Richard Shea wants to enact a local law prohibiting the possession of lawfully owned firearms on town property. Since criminals by definition don’t obey laws, the target of his proposal must be ordinary citizens. Councilwoman Barbara Scuccimarra was the only town board member to oppose the proposal.

When entering the voting booth On Nov. 8, gun owners should ask themselves if Richard Shea and the board members who support him represent their best interests and vote accordingly.

October 19, 2011 (readMedia) — The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association is deeply disappointed in Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s opposition to H.R. 822, the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act.

“Eric Schneiderman campaigned for New York State District Attorney on a platform of equality and social justice,” said Thomas H. King, President of NYSRPA. “In opposing H.R. 822, Schneiderman makes it clear that a citizen’s 2nd Amendment civil rights can be abridged by nothing more than arbitrary political boundaries. Worse, he gives his full support to New York’s notorious Sullivan Act which not only permits, but encourages, discrimination based upon a person’s race, religion, sexual orientation and economic status. I am saddened by the Attorney General’s actions.”

The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association supports H.R. 822 and we encourage Congress to pass this legislation as soon as possible.

 

October 18, 2011 (readMedia) — The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association (NYSRPA) is proud to endorse former New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Denise Sheehan for Town of Colonie Supervisor.

NYSRPA President Tom King said, “Denise was widely recognized as being a friend of sportsmen when she was with DEC. She enacted commonsense measures such as expanding rifle hunting in appropriate counties and enacting year round catch and release bass fishing, to name a few. Denise understands the positive economic impact that sportsmen and women and the shooting sports have on our economy and society.”

King feels that Sheehan can have a very positive local impact. “With Albany County boasting some of the most restrictive anti-gun measures this side of New York City, Denise Sheehan, as supervisor of the largest town in the county, would be a prominent local voice of reason.”

October 12, 2011 (readMedia) — The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, the state’s largest and nation’s oldest 2nd Amendment advocacy organization, announces the endorsement of Paul Czajka for Columbia County District Attorney.

Our endorsement is based upon his record of treating pistol licenses applicants fairly during his tenure as Columbia County Judge.

“Unlike some justices who arbitrarily place restrictions upon firearms licenses, Paul Czajka followed the letter of the law and issued licenses without bias,” said Jacob J. Rieper, Vice President of Legislative & Political Affairs for NYSRPA. “How elected officials treat citizens who want to exercise their 2nd Amendment civil rights is the main issue our members and constituents look at when considering candidates for public office.”

NYSRPA encourages all gun owners to support his campaign.

September 9, 2011 (readMedia) — The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association (NYSRPA) and Rochester Brooks International Trap & Skeet Club are joining forces to raise funds for youth shooting sports — targeting the New York State Sporting Clays Scholastic Clays Target Program (SCTP) Team.

The Main Event will be a 100 target Sporting Clays tournament that is registered and sanctioned through the National Sporting Clays Association. Entry fee is $50.00 per person. Participants can also sign up for Lewis and other Shooting Class Options. The event will be held at Rochester Brooks, 962 Honeoye Falls, RD #6, Rush, NY.

Beikirch’s Shooting Supplies, East Rochester, NY and Gustin Sports Optics, Webster, NY have donated merchandise for a 5 Stand – Top Gun Fun Shoot. NYSRPA will be sponsoring a Top Gun Air Rifle contest and will also be giving away merchandise, including a free one year membership to their organization. All proceeds from these events will be used to support the New York State SCTP Team.

The New York SCTP team is coached by Douglas Thompson, Wilson, NY. In addition to coaching and traveling with the team to the SCTP shoots, Coach Thompson also assists the junior shooters when applying to colleges that have shooting teams. Coach Thompson currently has two former high school students shooting at Lindenwood University, St. Charles, Missouri through scholarship programs.

SCTP provides school-age participants in grades 12 and under with the opportunity to showcase their competitive shooting skills in American Trap, Skeet, Sporting Clays and International Shotgun Games. Participants can earn state and national recognition.

Joseph DeBergalis, Jr. VP of the NYSRPA and NRA Board Member said “We are proud to have our team associated with an organization that is designed to instill in them safe firearms handling, commitment, responsibility, leadership and teamwork.

June 22, 2011 (readMedia) — The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, the state’s largest and nation’s oldest 2nd Amendment advocacy organization, announces the endorsement of Craig Apple for Albany County Sheriff.

“Craig Apple believes people have the right to possess firearms for self-defense,” said Thomas H. King, President of NYSRPA. “That is the #1 issue our members and constituents have when considering candidates for public office.”

NYSRPA encourages all gun owners to support his campaign.

June 20, 2011 (readMedia) — With the Empire State Games (ESG) cancelled for 2011, the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association has stepped in to sponsor an International Rifle Festival on July 8-10 at the Iroquois Rod & Gun Club in Rotterdam. The festival is open to competitors who are members in good standing of the NYSRPA.

The festival will be modeled on prior ESG competitions. The program includes metric prone, 3-position rifle and air rifle events, and there will be matches for scholastic and open competitors. All matches are limited to iron sights. Unlike the ESG, there will be no tryouts required for specific matches; competitors can compete in any or all of the events. Medals will be awarded to scholastic and open competitors who fire the top three scores in each event.

Competitors who would like entry forms or more information about the festival should contact Chuck Meyer at cmeyer1@nycap.rr.com or 518-265-3555.

June 15, 2011 (readMedia) — New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens today announced that Environmental Conservation Officer (ECO) Liza Bobseine of Suffolk County has been named New York State ECO of the Year by the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association (NYSRPA).

“In a short period of time, ECO Bobseine has proven to be a vital asset to DEC’s Division of Law Enforcement and is very deserving of this recognition,” Commissioner Martens said. “Her dedication to the state’s natural resources, outdoors and education of the public both on and off duty are to be admired.”

The NYSRPA recognizes one ECO each year, acknowledging the important role ECOs play in hunter education and safe firearms usage among sportsmen, women and youth. The NYSRPA is the state’s leading organization in promoting rifle marksmanship and competition which strives to recognize those who promote and personally participate in marksmanship competitions, and who encourage such participation by New York’s youth. Officer Bobseine was selected by a statewide committee of New York State ECOs to receive this recognition.

ECO Bobseine originally hails from Cattaraugus County. She received a Masters Degree in Natural Resource Management and worked as a Forester for eight months prior to training as an ECO in 2007. Following her academy graduation in July 2007, Officer Bobseine was assigned to Suffolk County and currently covers sectors in East Hampton and Southampton.

ECO Bobseine is a Life Member of the National Rifle Association, a state Lifetime Sportsman License Holder, and a member of the NYSRPA. Having been introduced to shooting by her parents at an early age, she began competing in the State High Power Rifle team at the age of 18 and for the past 12 years has competed and won several awards in rifle and pistol skills at the state and national level.

ECO Bobseine has also donated much of her professional and personal time to firearm instruction and education through the Woman’s Outdoor Adventure program and teaching firearms law and safety at hunter education courses. In her free time, Officer Bobseine is an avid hunter and enjoys mentoring people new to the world of shooting and hunting.

Following the ceremony on the night she received her “Officer of the Year” award in Wallkill, Ulster County, NY, ECO Bobseine was approached by a gentleman in the parking lot who was requesting help for a friend who was feeling unwell. Upon approaching the 66 year-old woman who was sitting in a car, Officer Bobseine determined that the woman was not breathing and quickly administered rescue breathing. Due to her quick response, the woman regained consciousness and was able to be transported to the hospital in stable condition.

This case is a testament to one of many individuals that are forever grateful for ECO Bobseine’s dedication and aid.

June 13, 2011 (readMedia) — At its recent annual meeting in Wallkill the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association proudly announced that Assemblyman Marc Butler (R-117) is the recipient of its 2011 Legislator of the Year award. Butler is being honored for his long-standing support of gun owners and his willingness to speak out in support of 2nd Amendment civil rights on the floor of the State legislature. In bestowing the award NYSRPA President Tom King stated “Marc Butler has always been there for us and we would like to publicly thank him for his service by honoring him with this award.”

June 9, 2011 (readMedia) — New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is a national busybody when it comes to firearms. But a new study suggests that he should turn his attention to more pressing matters. The report, “Vision Zero: How Safer Streets In New York City Can Save Over 100 Lives A Year,” was issued on June 8th by the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy and Transportation Alternatives. Among other findings, the report notes that more New Yorkers were killed by traffic accidents than by guns between 2001 and 2009.

This prompts the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association to ask: why does Bloomberg spend so much time and so much of his own money harassing firearms dealers and lobbying to restrict the Second Amendment rights of New Yorkers and all Americans? Why has he tirelessly promoted the junk science of microstamping in Albany? Why hasn’t he formed Mayors for Traffic Safety? When will solid public policy initiatives take precedence over his obsession with guns?

April 5, 2011 (readMedia) — The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association (NYSRPA) in conjunction with the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) have filed suit against the City of New York over the fees charged by the New York City Police Department for the costs associated with the processing of pistol license applications.

NYSRPA believes that both the City and State of New York violate the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment by requiring the payment of fees as a prerequisite for the lawful exercise of the specifically enumerated individual civil right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment.

“The U.S. Supreme Court has recently made it clear that individuals have a right to own guns. Government cannot place arbitrary financial constraints upon those wishing to exercise this right any more than it can for those wishing to exercise their right to vote, ” said Tom King, President of NYSRPA.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg himself publicly acknowledged the indefensible nature of the fee structure last October when he urged the City Council to lower the costs specifically to avoid a lawsuit:

“We want to be in compliance with the law … so that we don’t want to lose the ability to have reasonable controls. If we have controls that the courts have ruled too onerous or too unfair, we could lose the whole thing.”

The City Council ignored the Mayor and flatly refused to take up this issue. NYSRPA has no choice but to take the issue to court.

March 28, 2011 (readMedia) — This month marks the 10th anniversary of New York’s Combined Ballistic Identification System (CoBIS) program. Under this program, all new handguns sold in the state must be test fired and the shell casing imaged and entered into an electronic databank for possible crime scene identification.

Since its inception in March 2001, a total 311,859 shell casings have been cataloged. At an estimated cost of $4 million dollars per year, $40 million dollars has been spent on CoBIS over the past decade.

What have taxpayers received for this? Absolutely nothing. Not a single crime has been solved because of it. By any measure, CoBIS has been a total failure and a public policy disaster.

Now, the same people who swore CoBIS would work are back pushing more of the same failed philosophy in the form of mandatory firearms microstamping, which is essentially another ballistic imaging scheme based upon unproven science fiction technology. The New York State Sheriffs’ Association recognizes this nonsense and opposes the microstamping legislation.

NYSRPA calls upon Governor Andrew Cuomo, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and state legislative leaders to publicly recognize these boondoggles for what they are, defund the CoBIS program and stand up to the fringe special interests advocating microstamping.

March 23, 2011 (readMedia) — NYSRPA is pleased to hear that Remington Arms Co. will be expanding their business at the Ilion plant to include the Bushmaster line of AR-15 style rifles. As the nation’s oldest gunmaker, the Remington name has been synonymous with quality firearms for almost 200 years.

Senator Charles Schumer has long been a strong supporter of the Remington facility and we were tickled pink that through his tireless efforts and inspirational leadership New York State will be the new home of “the black rifle.”

Of course, without customers available to buy these fine products, the economic engine of Herkimer County will sputter to a halt. Therefore, NYSRPA calls upon Sen. Schumer to endorse repealing onerous federal and state laws prohibiting ordinary citizens from possessing such firearms, magazines and accessories, and in particular the 2000 New York law signed by Governor George Pataki. NYSRPA officials are available to assist Sen. Schumer in this endeavor and we eagerly await his response.

March 14, 2011 (readMedia) — The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, the state’s largest and nation’s oldest 2nd Amendment advocacy organization, announces the endorsement of Martin Haley for Suffolk County Legislature, District 6. Our endorsement is based upon his record during his previous tenure in the county legislature. NYSRPA believes it is important to have elected representatives at all levels of government who respect the individual civil rights of citizens to keep and bear arms and we encourage all gun owners to support Martin Halley for County Legislature for the March 29 special election.

March 3, 2011 (readMedia) — Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb was today awarded the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association (NYSRPA) “Man of the Year” Award in recognition of the historic gains made in last November’s elections by the Assembly Republican Conference.

Leader Kolb had previously been recognized on an individual basis as “Legislator of the Year” by NYSRPA for his strong personal advocacy for the Second Amendment.

NYSRPA feels that the successful partnership with New York’s sportsmen and the Republican Conference was a factor in the 2010 election victories. The Republican Conference has been a consistent advocate for the Second Amendment, and under Leader Kolb has successfully initiated a “Sportsmen Outreach” that culminates in an annual event in Albany to raise legislative awareness of New Yorkers’ Second Amendment rights.