NYC Gun Owners Misfire in Legal Challenge

NYC Gun Owners Misfire in Legal Challenge – As dusk settled over the city Monday, a federal judge ruled that New York City won its showdown with handgun owners who challenged a $340 residential licensing fee as unconstitutional.  A city attorney applauded the ruling, saying the fees were needed to do the exhaustive background checks that keep New York City safe.  “The city has some of the strongest laws in the nation to ensure that guns do not fall into the hands of criminals,” Michael A. Cardozo said. “Today’s decision rejects a constitutional challenge to home handgun application and renewal fees, upholds our ability to conduct meaningful background checks, and helps preserve policies that have helped make New York the safest big city in the... read more

Federal judge upholds New York city home handgun fee

Federal judge upholds New York city home handgun fee – A federal judge on Monday ruled that a New York city fee on permits to possess a handgun at home does not violate the constitutional right to bear arms.  U.S. District Judge John Koeltl in Manhattan said the city’s $340 fee for a three-year license that permits a gun owner to keep their weapon at home did not violate the right to keep and bear arms under the Second Amendment.  “While it is possible to conceive of fees that are impermissible because they are so exorbitant as to deter the exercise of the protected activity … there is no showing that the $340 handgun licensing fee qualifies as such a fee,” Koeltl... read more

Remington fires warning shot, threatens to leave if gun law passes

Remington fires warning shot, threatens to leave if gun law passes – Top Remington Arms officials are threatening to pull out of New York if the state Legislature passes a bill mandating that guns carry tiny identifying stamps.  “Mandating firearms microstamping will restrict the ability of Remington to expand business in the Empire State,” wrote Stephen Jackson, Remington chief strategy and acquisition integration officer, to top state officials. “Worse yet, Remington could be forced to reconsider its commitment to the New York market... read more

NY judge rules NYC pistol licensing fees are legal

NY judge rules NYC pistol licensing fees are legal – A New York judge says it’s Constitutional for the city to charge an application fee for a handgun permit.  Federal Judge John Koeltl Monday rejected a lawsuit brought by guns rights advocates including the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association and the Second Amendment Foundation. They sued last year, saying a $340 handgun license fee every three years is unconstitutional because it burdens a basic right.  The judge says there’s no evidence the fee has stopped anyone from exercising their rights. He says the city showed the fee helps cover administrative... read more

Kimber Opposes New York Firearm Microstamping Legislation

Kimber Opposes New York Firearm Microstamping Legislation – Kimber Mfg., Inc., one of America’s leading firearms manufacturing companies located in Yonkers, has announced strong opposition to both the proposed microstamping legislation and its inclusion in the budget (AB 9055C) under consideration by the New York State General Assembly. In addition to the Governor’s office, Kimber has contacted the Mayor of Yonkers and a number of elected representatives regarding this... read more

Gunowners stand tall on Second Amendment

Gunowners stand tall on Second Amendment – Although many of the more than 1,000 sportsmen and sportswomen gathered in the “Well” of the Legislative Office Building in Albany Tuesday commented on the fantastic weather we’ve been enjoying throughout most of the month, it was the third annual Sportsmen and Outdoor Recreation Legislative Awareness Day that actually brought them there.  Arriving from Babylon, Buffalo and everywhere in between to support their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms and, in a symbolic show of unity, tell anti-gun legislators — the vast majority of whom are downstate democrats — they are fed up being looked upon as terrorists just because they own a gun for recreational purposes and/or... read more

Legislative Day Raises Awareness for Sportsmen and Second Amendment Rights

Legislative Day Raises Awareness for Sportsmen and Second Amendment Rights – Assemblyman Will Barclay (R,C,I—Pulaski) said Tuesday he was pleased to meet with sportsmen in Albany as part of the annual Sportsmen and Outdoor Recreation Legislative Awareness Day.  The event featured a keynote speech from Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President & CEO of the National Rifle Association (NRA), on the importance of ensuring the Second Amendment Constitutional Freedoms of all law-abiding New Yorkers.  Tom King, President of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association (NYSRPA), industry leaders and thousands of outdoor enthusiasts from across the state attended this free... read more

Including Microstamping in Assembly Budget

Including Microstamping in Assembly Budget – Together with Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh I hailed the inclusion of microstamping in the Assembly budget proposal passed on March 12.  Microstamping would replace the existing, less effective Combined Ballistic Identification System (CoBIS), which the Governor has proposed to eliminate in his Executive Budget.  Microstamping allows law enforcement to trace firearms through shell casings found at crime scenes, even if the crime gun is never found. In passing microstamping, the Assembly heeded the call of gun violence victims and their families, anti-crime advocates, and law enforcement who have called for microstamping to be enacted in the budget due to be completed by the end of the... read more

Barclay Defends New Yorkers’ Second Amendment Rights

Barclay Defends New Yorkers’ Second Amendment Rights – Assemblyman Will Barclay (R,C,I,-Pulaski) said including language that would govern gun manufacturers in a budget bill is ludicrous.  This is a stand-alone issue, Barclay said.  Barclay opposes microstamping because it would put unnecessary burdens on gun manufacturers and has not proven to be... read more
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