Press Releases

“Steve McLaughlin respects the 2nd Amendment. He will work to protect our civil rights,” said Thomas H. King, President of NYSRPA.

In contrast, his opponent Tim Gordon’s record shows that he simply cannot be counted on to do that. “Half the time he supports us and half the time he doesn’t,” said King. “Trying to play both sides is just plain lame. You either support our civil rights or you don’t.”

Solid leadership is needed in the Assembly, not a weather vane. Therefore NYSRPA encourages all gun owners to support Steve McLaughlin on election day.

October 8, 2010 (readMedia) –The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, the state’s largest and nation’s oldest 2nd Amendment advocacy organization, announces the endorsement of Gregory Johnson for State Assembly in District 116.

“Gun owners have a clear choice in Assembly District 116,” said Thomas H. King, President of NYSRPA. “Greg Johnson believes people have the right to possess firearms for self-defense. Incumbent RoAnn Destito voted in favor of the mandatory firearms microstamping bill A-6468C which would have effectively prohibited the sale of all new pistols in the state. Destito clearly believes citizens should not be allowed the simplest, most effective tools for personal protection.”

NYSRPA encourages all gun owners to support Gregory Johnson on November 2.

September 28, 2010 (readMedia) — The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, the state’s largest and nation’s oldest 2nd Amendment advocacy organization, announces the endorsement of Robert Castelli for State Assembly in District 89. Our endorsement is based upon his personal background and his actions in defense of our civil rights while in the state legislature. NYSRPA believes he deserves to be elected for a full term in the Assembly and we encourage all gun owners to support him on November 2.

September 28, 2010 (readMedia) —  The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, the state’s largest and nation’s oldest 2nd Amendment advocacy organization, announces the endorsement of Scott Diamond for State Assembly in District 16.

“Scott Diamond believes in the 2nd Amendment and will defend the civil rights of all New Yorkers,” said Thomas H. King, President of NYSRPA.

By contrast, his opponent incumbent Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel has shown nothing but contempt for our civil rights and demonstrated it repeatedly on the floor of the Assembly. Lacking any facts to back up her positions, Schimel has relied upon outright lies about her legislation and ad-hominem attacks upon her opponents while attempting to push an unpopular agenda through the state legislature.

“The choice for gun owners in Assembly District 16 is very clear,” King said. “Scott Diamond believes people have the right to possess firearms for self-defense. Michele Schimel does not. NYSRPA encourages all gun owners to support Scott Diamond for State Assembly on November 2.”

September 27, 2010 (readMedia) — The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, the state’s largest and nation’s oldest 2nd Amendment advocacy organization, announces the endorsement of David Forsythe for State Assembly in District 118. Our endorsement is based upon his personal background and his actions in defense of gun-owners rights as a St. Lawrence County legislator.

In contrast his opponent, incumbent Assemblywoman Addie Russell, voted for firearms microstamping legislation A-6468C. Completely ignoring the fact that the technology simply does not work, Russell effectively voted to prohibit the sale of all new pistols in New York State.

Gun owners have a clear choice in Assembly District 118. NYSRPA encourages all gun owners to support David Forsythe for State Assembly on November 2.

September 27, 2010 (readMedia) — The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, the state’s largest and nation’s oldest 2nd Amendment advocacy organization, announces the endorsement of Robert Germino for State Assembly in District 13. “Robert Germino will defend the 2nd Amendment civil rights of all New Yorkers” said Thomas H. King, President of NYSRPA.

In contrast his opponent, incumbent Assemblyman Charles Lavine, has a proven contempt for civil rights and a disgraceful record of coddling violent criminals. He has repeatedly voted in favor of legislation criminalizing keeping firearms available for self-defense in the home, voted in favor of various firearm and ammunition prohibitions and attacked those who disagree with him on the floor of the Assembly

“Gun owners have a clear choice in Assembly District 13,” King said. “Robert Germino believes people have the right to possess firearms for self-defense. Charles Lavine does not. NYSRPA encourages all gun owners to support Robert Germino for State Assembly on November 2.”

September 2, 2010 (readMedia) — The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, the state’s largest and nation’s oldest 2nd Amendment advocacy organization, announces the endorsement of Carl Paladino for Governor. Paladino is the only creditable candidate running on a major party line with any respect for our civil rights.

Both Rick Lazio and Andrew Cuomo have repeatedly demonstrated over their long political careers nothing but contempt for our personal liberties and both have publically indicated that if elected Governor, further civil rights infringements would be a top priority for their administrations. This is unacceptable.

The choice is therefore simple. NYSRPA encourages all enrolled Republicans and Conservatives to support Paladino in the Sept. 14 primary.

August 23, 2010 (readMedia) — State Senator Antoine Thompson’s attempt to link a gun-control agenda with the recent gang-related killings in Buffalo is disgraceful. His assertion that firearms microstamping legislation pending in Albany would assist the police in finding the shooters has no basis in fact, especially since police have already identified several persons of interest.

Independent research, including a study conducted by the Suffolk County Crime Laboratory in Hauppauge, NY, has found microstamping technology to be ineffective and easily defeated. A similar California law scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2010 has not been implemented – in part because the technology simply does not work as advertised.

It is time for Sen. Thompson to stop making excuses and showing sympathy for violent antisocial members of society and deal with reality. As the Buffalo News reported, police and court records show that seven of the eight people shot have had prior brushes with the law, including two arrested last month on charges involving firearms. One of the dead victims was on probation and forbidden from being inside any establishment which serves alcohol; two of the eight who were shot had served state prison time on weapons or assault charges; five are convicted felons and six had been arrested by Buffalo police since 2008. If Sen. Thompson were truly interested in making his community safe he would do everything in his power to stop letting thugs like this roam the streets freely instead of pushing a useless, feel-good bill.

August 16, 2010 (readMedia) — The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, the state’s largest and nation’s oldest 2nd Amendment advocacy organization, announces the endorsement of Ginny Fields for re-election to the State Assembly in the 5th district. During her tenure in Albany, Fields has been an outspoken supporter of 2nd Amendment civil rights and defended them on the floor of the legislature. In addition, she is also one of only two New York state legislators to sign an amicus brief in support of incorporating the 2nd Amendment to the states in the case of McDonald v. City of Chicago. Fields has earned the respect of all gun owners and we strongly encourage everyone to support her bid for re-election.

June 28, 2010 (readMedia) — NYSRPA applauds the SCOTUS decision incorporating the 2nd Amendment to the states in the case of McDonald v. Chicago. The right to keep and bear arms, like the right to self-defense itself, is a right that is deeply rooted in this nation’s history and traditions, and it is implicit in the Anglo-American concept of ordered liberty.

While the ramifications of this case will be played out in courts for years to come, one thing must be made perfectly clear: Laws pertaining to the 2nd Amendment must be held to the same standards of strict scrutiny as laws pertaining to the 1st Amendment. Nothing less is acceptable.

June 18, 2010 (readMedia) — The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association is proud to announce that Assemblyman Brian Kolb (R-129) is the recipient of the 2010 Legislator of the Year award. Kolb is being honored for organizing the first ever Sportsman’s Lobby Day on January 12, 2010 at the Legislative Office Building in Albany. Approximately 2,500 gun owners, shooters and sportsmen attended to lobby and educate members of the legislature.

June 17, 2010 (readMedia) — At its June 12th annual meeting the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association named Christopher Childs of Region 7 as its Environmental Conservation Officer of the Year. Officer Childs has played many roles in his long and distinguished career, including 21 years as a DEC firearms instructor (for both DEC officers and sportsmen), 11 years as Region 7’s senior firearms instructor, and NYS Police Olympics competitor. In addition, Officer Childs has created training guides and courses, and served as a training consultant for numerous police agencies throughout the State. He has also promoted marksmanship and the shooting sports among police officers and their families. NYSRPA congratulates Officer Childs for his accomplishments, and wishes him continued success in his career.

June 16, 2010 (readMedia) — The State Senate’s refusal to act upon a useless and purely politically correct bill on Tuesday was a victory for all New Yorkers. Bill S-6005A would have prevented honest citizens from exercising their right to own handguns for self-defense. The Senators who spoke in favor of passage demonstrated their complete lack of common sense and utter contempt for our civil rights. Even more disgraceful was Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s shameless attempts to buy passage of this legislation with the implied promise of providing financial support to the re-election campaigns of Senators who support the bill.

The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association thanks Senator Dean Skelos and his conference for doing the right thing and not supporting this bill, along with Senators William Stachowski, Darrel Aubertine and David Valesky for putting principle above party politics and voting against S-6005A.

May 27, 2010 (readMedia) — At present, hunting rights in New York State are restricted in two important ways: big game hunters are required to be 16 years of age or older, and bow hunting is limited to longbows that are drawn and fired without mechanical assistance. These restrictions keep younger hunters, and those with a disability that prevents them from drawing and firing a bow in the traditional way, out of the field.

Bipartisan bills now before the State Assembly (A-7100A) and State Senate (S-2204A) remove these restrictions. These bills allow hunters as young as age 14 to hunt big game when accompanied by a parent or guardian, or by an experienced hunter aged 18 or over. The bills also provide for “the use of a bow equipped with a mechanical device for holding and releasing the bowstring” or “the use of a crossbow.”

The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association urges New York’s hunters and sportsmen (and women) to support these bills, and to let their State legislators know how they feel. In addition, a rally is scheduled in Albany on June 2, 2010 to support of this legislation. Plan to attend if you can.

May 19, 2010 (readMedia) — The New York State Assembly has once again embraced feel-good gun legislation that will – most likely at great expense – do nothing to make New Yorkers safer or apprehend criminals. The recently-passed bill requires all semi-automatic pistols manufactured or sold in the state to be capable of microstamping ammunition. Independent research (including a study conducted by the Suffolk County Crime Laboratory in Hauppauge, NY) has found microstamping technology to be ineffective and easily defeated. Moreover, this is single-source technology; its true cost to manufacturers and consumers is totally unknown.

We have gone down this road before. The CoBIS database of cartridge cases was promoted as a state-of-the-art crime fighting tool when it was implemented in March of 2001. To date it has yet to help solve a single crime – and at a cost exceeding $30 million. Microstamping is simply more of the same. The NYSRPA urges New York’s gun owners to contact their State Senators and ask them to reject this expensive lunacy.

May 6, 2010 (readMedia) –The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, the state’s largest and nation’s oldest 2nd Amendment advocacy organization, announces the endorsement of Peter Margolius for Greene County Judge. Mr. Margolius, a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT and Albany Law School, currently serves as Catskill Town Justice. Throughout his legal and judicial career, Justice Margolius has been a staunch supporter of the 2nd Amendment, and New York’s gun owners and sportspeople. The NYSRPA urges all concerned gun owners to support his campaign.

April 27, 2010 (readMedia) — Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel and State Senator Eric Schneiderman are once again promoting junk science in an attempt to convince the Legislature to pass their latest gun control scheme. The NYSRPA opposes their bill A-6468C/S-6005 requiring all semi-automatic pistols manufactured or sold in the state to be capable of microstamping ammunition. A similar California law scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2010 has not been implemented. A key reason is that an important proviso in the bill – that the sole-source microstamping technology be made available to manufacturers “unencumbered by any patent restrictions” – has not been complied with.

In addition, significant questions about the usefulness of the technology remain. A December 21, 2009 letter by California Police Chiefs Association Acting President Susan Manheimer to California Attorney General Edmund Brown spells out their position:

“… it now appears that statements about the capabilities of Microstamping may have been technologically premature …”

“… there are too many unanswered questions with microstamping …”

And most importantly of all:

“Publically available, peer-reviewed studies conducted by independent research organizations conclude that the technology does not function reliably and that criminals can remove the markings easily in mere seconds …” (Significantly, one of these studies was conducted by the Suffolk County Crime Laboratory in Hauppauge, NY.)

The New York legislature already has the dubious reputation of being the most dysfunctional in the nation. Does it once again have to one-up itself by enacting a law which has already a proven failure elsewhere?

April 21, 2010 (readMedia) — The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, the state’s largest and nation’s oldest 2nd Amendment advocacy organization, announces the endorsement of Greg Ball for State Senate in the 40th district. Our endorsement is based upon his proven record of standing up for the civil rights of gun owners in public and on the floor of the State Assembly. For his service, NYSRPA has twice honored him with our Legislator of the Year Award. NYSRPA believes that Ball’s youth and energy will be an asset in the State Senate and we urge all concerned gun owners to support his campaign.

February 16, 2010 (readMedia) — Earlier this month a resolution was introduced in the Albany County Legislature that would provide an additional $10,000 for the County’s handgun buyback program. This program accepts handguns in exchange for $150 gift certificates to local malls. The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association opposes this expenditure. Handgun buyback programs have never been shown to have a significant effect on crime. The handguns turned in are typically old and, in some cases, inoperable. They have never been – and never will be – crime guns. In these difficult economic times there is surely a better use for $10,000 than to fund the destruction of doorstops and paperweights.

January 13, 2010 (readMedia) –On January 12th over 1,500 gun owners celebrated the Second Amendment in Albany and lobbied their representatives in the State Assembly and Senate to reform NYS gun laws and bring them into line with the landmark legal decision in District of Columbia v. Heller. The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association would like to thank Assemblyman Brian Kolb and the Assembly Republican Conference for sponsoring the event, and Assemblywomen Ginny Fields and Aileen Gunther for their hospitality.