April 8, 2014 (readMedia) --New York State Rifle and Pistol Association President Thomas King announced today that all bills calling for the repeal of the so-called NY SAFE Act, including Assembly Bill 6094 co-sponsored by Minority Leader Brian Kolb, were effectively killed in the downstate Democrat-dominated Codes Committee and therefore will not be brought to the Assembly Floor for a vote.
"This was entirely expected," said King. "The sad reality is that one political party and one viewpoint dominates the Assembly: the anti-Second Amendment voice of the downstate Democrat majority. Upstate New Yorkers who oppose the NY SAFE Act ought to feel disenfranchised. This law is deeply flawed, and was passed in the middle of the night without input from law-enforcement, mental health professionals, or the public at large."
Citing the ongoing NYSRPA litigation against the NY SAFE Act, King stressed the need to remain focused and support efforts to overturn the law in the courts. "Thus far, NYSRPA has spent over $500,000 in litigation. The final cost could be well over $1 million to take the appeal all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. We won a victory in the Western NY Federal District Court where the 7-round magazine limit was deemed unconstitutional. Verbiage in the ruling indicates the strong possibility of overturning several onerous stipulations of the law by the Supreme Court, but it will be a long and costly fight."
King also called on his membership to become politically engaged. "We need to register voters. Legislators, particularly in upstate New York, who voted for the NY SAFE Act must be held accountable. There ought to be voter registration forms in every gun club and gun shop. There is no excuse for not voting this November if you are a concerned gun owner. We have to topple the hegemony of the anti-constitutionalists, enough is enough."
April 7, 2014 (readMedia) -- The Dutchess County Pistol Association will hold a fundraiser shoot on May 3, 2014, with proceeds going to the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association's Legal Defense Fund. To date NYSRPA has spent over $500,000 in legal fees associated with the lawsuit against the so-called SAFE Act.
The $45 per person cost includes dinner, supervised range time and commemorative targets. Firearms instructors will be available for new shooters.
For more information contact Jackie Emslie at 914-475-4901.
March 26, 2014 (readMedia) -- The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association is pleased to announce that the Revised New York State Police NY SAFE Act Guide instructs its members not to enforce the 7-round magazine limit originally imposed by the hastily enacted measure.
"This is a direct result of the December 31, 2013 ruling in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York on litigation filed by NYSRPA," said NYSRPA President Thomas King. The court ruled that the unlawful possession of certain ammunition feeding devices (fully loaded 10-round magazines) was unconstitutional.
"The New York State Police have followed the same sensible path taken by the New York Sheriffs' Association and many local law-enforcement agencies in not enforcing a capricious, ill-conceived and unconstitutional portion of the NY SAFE Act," stated King. "To date, NYSRPA has spent over $500,000 in litigation and we are prepared to fight the NY SAFE Act all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court where we are confident that many provisions of the law will ultimately be overturned."
Citing the secretive and hurried process in which the NY SAFE Act became law, King said, "Lawmakers, mental health professionals, and New York's gun owners were essentially ignored in the rush to enact this law. As a result, careful judicial scrutiny is uncovering some of the law's flaws and unenforceability. New York's legal gun owners are among the most law-abiding citizens of this state and ultimately their civil rights will be upheld."
March 18, 2014 (readMedia) -- The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Political Victory Fund and Westchester County Firearm Owners Association endorse Rob Astorino for Governor.
"Andrew Cuomo has demonstrated complete contempt for our civil rights," said NYSRPA President Tom King. "He exploited the mentally ill and disabled for cheap political gain with his so-called SAFE Act. He absolutely refuses to acknowledge firearms for self-defense and feels it is more important to reward rapists, thieves and murderers with a taxpayer-funded college education than it is to ensure ordinary citizens have the most effective means to protect themselves from those very same violent people."
WCFOA President Scott Sommavilla added, "Through our voter education efforts were we were able to elect Astorino twice as County Executive. He understands our issues and we believe gun owners will be able to work with him in Albany when he is elected Governor."
The NYSRPA and WCFOA encourage everybody to support Rob Astorino's gubernatorial campaign.
February 25, 2014 (readMedia) -- This Wednesday the Dutchess County Republican Committee will nominate a candidate for the 41st Senate District. The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association encourages delegates to take into consideration each candidates position on the 2nd Amendment when casting their ballots.
Of the three declared candidates, only Rob Rolison has a voting record backing up his public statements in support of civil rights. In March 2013 he sponsored a resolution in the county legislature calling for repeal of the so-called SAFE Act.
On the flip side of the coin, only John Tkazyik has a public record hostile towards civil rights. In September 2009 he joined Michael Bloomberg's gun control group Mayors Against Illegal Guns and let his name be used in all sorts of legislative and political initiatives at the state and federal level. His recent op-ed in the Poughkeepsie Journal claiming ignorance of MAIG's goals was so totally not believable it insulted the intelligence of Journal readers.
February 24, 2014 (readMedia) -- The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the 2nd Annual Women's Concealed Carry Fashion Show to be held on Saturday, March 29 at Birch Hill Catering in Schodack.
The program includes dinner, door prizes, fashion show and guest speakers. Vendors will display concealed carry clothing, holsters, firearms accessories, jewelry and more.
Special guests include Gabby Franco, two time Top Shot contestant and Olympic Pistol shooter, and Carrie Lightfoot, founder of The Well Armed Woman.
February 12, 2014 (readMedia) -- The recent crime wave in Queens is more proof that recently enacted gun control laws do not make society safer. The Astoria Post reports a jump in the number of burglaries, felony assaults and robberies reported over the past month, coinciding with the one-year anniversary of the so-called SAFE Act.
"This is more proof that citizen disarmament laws like the SAFE Act do not do what advocates say they do," said NYSRPA President Tom King. "All that has been accomplished is the creation of an environment where ordinary, decent citizens can be victimized by violent thugs with little fear of encountering effective resistance."
February 11, 2014 (readMedia) -- The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association is pleased to announce that it is partnering with the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce, The Sullivan County Visitors Association, Friends with Firearms and SUNY Sullivan to host a Sports Expo at SUNY Sullivan on Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 8:00am to 8:00pm.
On display will be vendors for all forms of outdoor recreation including shooting, hunting and fishing. There will be youth oriented booths and exotic animal displays for the entire family to enjoy. Food will be available and various raffles and demonstrations will take place throughout the day. Local elected officials will be on hand to discuss the SAFE Act and other issues.
In addition, NYSRPA will be conducting a voter education and registration drive. Attendees can stop by the registration booth to register to vote and obtain additional voter registration forms.
February 3, 2014 (readMedia) -- The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association is pleased to announce that it is now the largest State Affiliate of the National Rifle Association. Membership growth over the past year has pushed NYSRPA into the top spot over the Texas State Rifle Association and California Rifle & Pistol Association.
State Affiliates serve a critical role as the state-level delivery system for NRA programs. The NRA depends on State Affiliates to promote these programs within their states and motivate NRA-affiliated clubs and grassroots volunteers to activate these programs in their local communities.
After confirming membership status with the NRA, NYSRPA President Tom King had this to say: "This just goes to show how much mainstream support 2nd Amendment civil rights have in New York State."
NYSRPA membership is made up of individuals, families, businesses and organizational affiliates all across the state.
January 23, 2014 (readMedia) -- The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association has announced that Association President Thomas King will be guest speaker at the 47th Annual Conservative Party Political Action Conference (CPPAC) in Albany.
King, who is also a member of the National Rifle Association Board of Directors, will discuss the SAFE Act and the state of current litigation against it as well as other topics pertaining to Second Amendment civil rights at the state and national level.
January 10, 2014 (readMedia) -- Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren's decision to surround herself with an armed security detail 24/7 demonstrates the fraudulent nature of the citizen disarmament movement.
As a long time supporter of gun control dating back to her time in the Rochester City Council, last year she spoke out in favor of New York's so-called SAFE Act stating:
"The New York SAFE Act brings a sense of comfort to many families across this state. Those families, like mine, have said not here, not anymore."
If Mayor Warren really believes this, then there is no legitimate reason for her to have armed security because the SAFE Act makes her becoming a victim of violent crime impossible.
The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association calls upon Mayor Warren to dismiss her security and live with the same sense of comfort she advocated for city residents.