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.