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  • 01/03/2024 4:03 PM | Anonymous

    Trump Disqualified?  by Tom Reynolds

    The Colorado Supreme Court ruled, in an unprecedented decision, to remove former President Donald Trump from the state’s presidential primary ballot, citing Section 3 of the 14th Amendment

    The Maine Secretary of State barred former President Trump from Maine’s primary ballot. The official statement on the Secretary of State’s website says that Trump: ”…is not qualified to hold the office of the President under Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment”(Emphasis added.)

    Both disqualifications are under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment.  That these were obviously partisan decisions that ignore the law and prior precedent goes beyond question.  (But that has never stopped the Left, so why would it now?)

    A little more about Section 3 of the 14th Amendment.


    The 14th Amendment was ratified in 1868.  The basis of Colorado and Maine’s decision was Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment which prohibits the election or appointment to any federal or state office of any person who had held any of certain offices and then engaged in insurrection, rebellion, or treason The last sentence in Section 3 states: “But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each house, remove such disability

    Congress removed that disability from most of the people covered.  The pertinent parts of Section 3 don’t exist anymore because the Amnesty Act of 1872 was passed by the 42nd United States Congress (voice vote in the House and 38-2 in the Senate.) 

    The 1872 Act removed office-holding disqualifications against most of the secessionists who rebelled in the American Civil War, except for "Senators and Representatives of the thirty-sixth and thirty-seventh Congresses, officers in the judicial, military, and naval service of the United States, heads of departments, and foreign ministers of the United States.”  (Note: The Presidency is NOT one of these exceptions that are still ineligible.) 

    For their rationale, Colorado and Maine cited a law that does not exist anymore.


    Amendment V states that no person shall: “… be deprived of life, liberty, or property without the due process of law.”  Certainly, the right to run for the presidency should be covered by that. 

    No federal court has convicted Trump of engaging in ‘insurrection or rebellion.’ The only thing resembling a trial was Trump’s second impeachment - which acquitted Trump.  

    There has been no due process of law.  (Another one of those constitutional issues the Left conveniently ignores.)


    Section 3 of the 14th Amendment originally applied only to individuals who were previously a ‘member of Congress,’ an ‘officer of the United States,’ or a state official who had previously taken an oath to support the U S Constitution.  Individuals who are elected—such as the president and vice president—are not officers within the meaning of Section 3 both before and after the Amnesty Act of 1872. 


    Section 5 of the 14th Amendment says: “The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article”. 

    Prior court rulings have held that Section 3 is not self-executing and Congress has never passed any federal law providing for enforcement, meaning that courts such as the Colorado Supreme Court and Maine’s Secretary of State have no legal authority under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment.  It is federal law and they cannot enforce Section 3 because they are not federal authorities and because Congress has not given anyone the power to enforce it.. 

    Colorado and Maine decided to remove the constitutional right of American voters to make their own decision on who they believe should be president.

    This election interference should swiftly be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which should take this case in order to short-circuit all the similar meritless challenges that are being filed in numerous states to remove Trump from the ballot.

    But this is more than just an attempt to keep Trump off the ballot, it is a blatant attempt to distract him from campaigning by tying him up in court cases that have no legal foundation.

    It is also a message to all Americans; don’t disagree with Democrat run governments or they will get you.  The U S Constitution does not exist in “Blue states.”

    And the Democrat media is saying that Donald Trump will destroy democracy if he is elected!  (Which ignores that the USA is a Republic.)

  • 01/02/2024 5:08 PM | Anonymous

    2024 A Happy New Year!  by Tom Reynolds

    During World War 2, from 1939 through mid-1942, the Germans and the Japanese were on the offensive and scored many victories.  In 1942, the first early hints of change began to emerge.  After over three years of mostly defeats, on January 1, 1943, the allied leadership must have sensed there was an opportunity to turn the war around and win it.

    Eighty one years later, entering the new year of 2024, we should also embrace the possibilities before us.  People who defend the U S Constitution - and especially the 2nd Amendment - should be thrilled at the possibilities before us.  After being on the defensive with only lawsuits as a way to defends us, we can strike back.  We have the equivalent of another D-Day in front of us, minus the violence and death. 

    Every member of the NY State Senate is up for election.

    Every member of the NY Assembly is up for election.

    Every member of the House of Representatives is up for election.

    NY Senator Kristin Gillibrand is up for election.

    President Joe Biden is up for election.

    We have the opportunity to turn the tide on the gun grabbers and anti-constitutionalists and take back control of our government from those that have used their government positions to thwart our rights and for personal gain. 

    All we need do is get involved and vote.  Was Hochul’s Concealed Carry Improvement Act our Lexington & Concord?  Are Biden’s ATF regulations our Tea Party?  And most importantly, will this November’s elections be our Declaration of Independence? 

    One of the great abilities of our Founding fathers was their understanding of - and the dangers of - big government.  The issues today are much the same as the Founding Fathers experienced 250 years ago.

    In 1774, John Adams recorded a conversation he overheard: “What would you say, if a fellow should come to your house and tell you he had come to take a list of your cattle that Parliament might tax you for them at so much a head?  And how would you feel if he should break open your barn to take down your oxen, cows, horses and sheep.?”

    “What would I say, I would knock him in the head.”

    “Well, if Parliament can take down Mr. (John) Hancock’s wharf…they can take away your barn and my house.

    Many gun owners have not gotten involved because they believed when Biden and Hochul came after Modern Sporting Rifles, it didn’t involve them.  And when Biden and Hochul came after pistols and revolvers, it didn’t involve them.  But if Hochul can charge ammunition buyers for a background check that delays or denies their ammo purchases and drives gun stores out of business, that involves all gun owners.

    Yes, if the government “…can take down Mr. Hancock’s wharf” they can take away your right to carry a firearm.  It may take them awhile, but they won’t quit - as opposed to many gun owners who won’t get started.

    Our fathers and grandfathers fought and bled to stop socialist tyranny during World War 2 and then spent 45 years opposing communist / socialist tyranny.  We won.  Socialism lost.

    Today, the socialists in the American government want to destroy every Americans’ rights under the U. S. Constitution, as those rights are a major impediment to the Left’s complete and permanent control.  There are too many examples to list of the Left’s attack on: the 1st Amendment; the 2nd Amendment; the 12th Amendment; and Article II Section 1 of the Constitution.  (Before you go running to look them up, the last two have to deal with ‘We the People’ choosing the President of the United States of America.)

    We can’t depend upon the Supreme Court to always be there to fight our battles. 

    We have a marvelous opportunity to take back our Constitution and our government from the Constitution hating, gun grabbing swamps in D.C. and Albany.  Those of us already involved need to ramp up our efforts and, especially, to get those involved who have, till now, evaded their duty.  Make 2024 the year of the Constitution.        

    When we were born in the United States, we won the lottery.  It’s time to pay for that ticket.

  • 12/31/2023 7:51 AM | Anonymous

    New York’s Concealed Carry Improvement Act (CCIA) has made some more “equal” than others. 12/31/23, 7:50 AM LETTER: State's gun laws highlight inequality | Opinion |

    by Bohdan Rabarsky, Oneida-Herkimer chapter chair

    New York’s Concealed Carry Improvement Act (CCIA) has made some more “equal” than others.

    Until July of 2022, pistol permit holders were allowed to carry conceal in New York State as long as they had a valid New York State pistol permit.

    The 2022 act changed all of that — basically turning the state into a giant “Sensitive Zone.” As usual, these laws are never thought out in advance as to their outcome and how they’ll effect everyday citizens.

    Judges, district attorneys and assistant DA’s in rural areas were hesitant to appear in town and village court proceedings, since quite often there wasn’t any presence of law enforcement when a defendant was brought in or dropped off for an arraignment as they weren’t allowed to carry conceal even if they had a pistol permit as “All Government Buildings” is one of the categories within the Sensitive Zone that was created when the CCIA took effect.

    Now you see, that doesn’t sit well with the elites in New York State when it comes to who can have a conceal carry permit and where they can carry concealed.

    This reminds me of the famous George Orwell “Animal Farm” quote on equality: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

    All New York State citizens are equal, but when it comes to the ability to carry concealed, judges and district attorneys, some citizens lives are more valuable than others.

    All this is doing is creating a separate class of citizens and a division among citizens, which is wrong. When the Founding Fathers wrote the Second Amendment it didn’t discriminate by employment, wealth or social status, it applied equally to all citizens of America.

    Here come our state legislators with bills as they were asked to remedy the situation. In October, state Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-53, sponsored state senate bill S7712 which would allow judges, justices and criminal prosecutors that are licensed to possess a concealed firearm in court where no magnetometer or security personnel are present.

    Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon, D-119, sponsored a similar bill in the Assembly.

    Why is it law abiding gun owners of New York State have to live by the rules of the new CCIA but as soon as the safety and well being of certain citizens is threatened, they come up with exceptions to the rule? Are their lives any more valuable than ours or are they just selective in whose life is more valuable? Maybe the legislature should be proactive and think these things through before passing these bills into law. The New York State legislature passed the CCIA of 2022 into law, and we all should live by it or abolish it completely as it’s unconstitutional to begin with. States gun laws highlight inequality.pdf

    — Bohdan Rabarsky, Oneida-Herkimer SCOPE chapter chair

  • 12/29/2023 10:09 AM | Anonymous

    Festivus Report  by Tom Reynolds

    Let’s finish the old year in a way that aptly summarizes the year under the guidance of the Biden /Harris administration.

    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) shared his annual “Festivus” report, showing Americans how some of their tax dollars were tossed down the drain in 2023.  Paul’s report showed how the U S government wastes money.

    Below is the link to the actual report.  You will not enjoy reading it!

    Note the last item: $236 billion ($236,000,000,000) in improper payments.

    Festivus-2023.pdf (

    Some of the highlights:

    Barbie Doll Photo Used to Get COVID PPP Funds…………………….portion of $800,000,000,000

    In the RED: Interest on Our National Debt is Expensive ……………..………...….$659,000,000,000

    Dr. Fauci’s Monkey Business on NIH’s “Monkey Island”……………………..………..….$33,200,000

    USAID Fund to Boost Egyptian Tourism...........................................................................$6,000,000

    SDA’s Cutting-Edge Research: Walking Dogs in the Summer……………...…...………..Unknown

    DHS Training Employees to Be Their “Authentic & Best Selves”……………..…...………..Unknown

    Russian Cats-On-A-Treadmill Studies Funded by NIH……...………........…..portion of $2,700,000

    The Government Pays Dead People … Again!.....………………………………………...$38,000,000

    DOD’s Lobster Tank………………………………………………………………………………….$8,395

    How to Ruin Expensive Military Equipment Part 1: Engines………………………...……$89,000,000

    How to Ruin Expensive Military Equipment Part 2: Transmissions……………………....$12,600,000

    How to Ruin Expensive Military Equipment Part 3: Tank Treads………...……………....$68,000,000

    “Real Fake”: DHS’s 1st Graphic Novel About Disinformation………………………………...Unknown

    DHS’s 2 nd Graphic Novel: COVID Disinformation…………..………………………………...Unknown

    NIH’s Meth-Head Monkeys………………………………………………………portion of $12,000,000

    Treasury’s Pot of Cash for Political Campaigns……………………………….……….…$400,000,000

    NIH’s Monkey Casino: Gambling for Drinking Water………………….…….....portion of $3,700,000

    SBA’s Ticket to Backstage………………………………………………….……………….$200,000,000

    Studying COVID-19 “Misinformation” On Social Media In Black & Rural Communities…$3,800,000

    Dr. Fauci’s Transgender Monkey Study………………………………………………………...$477,121

    Whoopsie: Improper Federal Payments………………………………………………$236,000,000,000

    FLASHBACK: The Government Likes Its Gambling Monkeys…………………………….…$171,000 T

  • 12/22/2023 4:20 PM | Anonymous

    A Christmas To Remember

    The July 4th 1776 Declaration of Independence from Great Britain had real world consequences for the signers.  One of them, Benjamin Rush, recalled: “Do you recollect the pensive and awful silence which pervaded the house when we were called up, one after the other, to the table of the President of Congress, to subscribe what was believed by many at the time to be our own death warrants?”

    While independence was being celebrated in Philadelphia, 23,000 British soldiers and 10,000 Hessian mercenaries were being unloaded from ships in NYC Harbor, where George Washington, by order of the Continental Congress, had to defend the undefendable.

    On August 26th, the battle began on Long Island and the right wing of the American forces was about to be cut off and destroyed.  But a group of Americans who were variously called “Washington’s Immortals” and the “Maryland 400” did not retreat. Instead, they made a suicidal charge which bought time and allowed the American army to survive.  For their efforts, the Americans were bayoneted by the Hessians.

    A large portion of the American army had retreated to Brooklyn with the East River at their backs.  The British generals did not recognize the appalling state of the Americans and, more importantly, remembered their horrendous losses taking Bunker Hill. So, they laid siege and used the Royal Navy to attempt to cut off the East River from retreat.

    Washington’s only chance was to cross the mile wide East River - with its treacherous tidal currents - to the temporary safety of Manhattan.  Security was airtight and so secret that John Glover, the leader of the “Marblehead Regiment” of mariners that would ferry the army across, was not told of the purpose until it was time to man the boats, which were a combination of rowed and sailed boats.  The crossing would be made in total darkness in a horrendous rain storm with the mariners depending on their experience to guide them to the other shore. 

    The tides and winds cooperated for the first two hours and multiple crossings went well.  Then, the tides and winds shifted, and the mariners were unsuccessfully rowing against tides and wind, making it impossible to complete the retreat before sunrise and the British becoming aware of what was happening.  Suddenly, the winds died and shortly thereafter shifted in the American’s favor.

    When dawn arose, some Americans were still in Brooklyn, but a thick fog covered the Brooklyn side - but not the Manhattan side.  A fog was very unusual at that time of the year and it hid the Americans and allowed the complete evacuation.  Only one boat and three men were captured by the British.

    Eventually, the colonial army was completely driven out of New York and it retreated across New Jersey to Valley Forge Pennsylvania, where things became even more desperate.

    The enlistments of the bulk of his army were due to expire in a few weeks and there was little hope of many reenlistments.  Not just because of the devastating defeat in New York but the army was undersupplied in almost every area; many soldiers had no shoes and had been wearing the same clothes – now rags - for months.  Food was scarce.  Defeatism ran through the army.

    There is no record of Washington contemplating giving up.  Instead, Washington gained control over whatever negative emotions he had and formulated a plan, which led to the most important Christmas in American history.

    On the early evening of December 25, 1776, with the temperature barely above freezing and in a freezing rainstorm that lasted all night, the Continental Army loaded onto boats and crossed the ice clogged Delaware River in three groups.  The crossing was so treacherous that one group did not make it across and a second group, that did make it across, turned around and went back.  Only Washington’s group was able to march to the attack.

    Hours behind schedule, with one-third strength, the army arrived at their target, Trenton New Jersey. 

    Officers reported to Washington that the ice storm had soaked the muskets and many could not fire because of wet powder.  These officers suggested that the attack be abandoned.  Washington’s reply was the equivalent of “fix bayonets”.

    While the enemy was yawning and waking up, what looked like the army-from-hell had come screaming from the depths to kill them; the Continental Army was in rags with long hair and matted beards coated in rain and mud.  The battle was brief and the Hessians surrendered. 

    In what was the potential breaking point of the Revolutionary war, when all hope seemed to be lost, Washington did not lose hope.  When his officers despaired, he never lost sight of his goal.  He and his army persevered and they eventually won.  They set an example that should live today; we’re Americans, we’d cross a frozen river on Christmas to kill our country’s enemies. 

    Of late, our forefathers have come under a lot of undeserved criticism.  All but forgotten is the immense personal courage that it took to sign the Declaration of Independence and the physical courage for the “Maryland 400” to make a suicidal attack. As Americans, we have a lot to be thankful for at Christmas and those that risked their lives to gain us our freedom need to be honored, not denigrated.

    Luck certainly played a part in the successful American Revolution: the unusual fog covering the retreat from Brooklyn, for instance.  At times, God is on our side.  Another reason to be thankful this Christmas.

    Today, many are dejected and in a funk over the politics.  Summoning the energy to continue the fight to preserve the Constitution seems beyond some people’s wills.  To them it would be easier to, in a very real sense, surrender to the likes of Alexandria Octavio-Cortez and tell her, “You win.  We give up.  Do with the USA what you will.”   

    We need to remember that many of us took an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.  That oath had no expiration date!  If you didn’t take that oath, it’s not too late to commit yourself to that principle. 

    Thomas Paine wrote, “These are the times that try men’s souls.  The sunshine soldier and the summer patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country…”

    Are you a sunshine soldier and summer patriot that will find other excuses to occupy your time, in this modern crisis, and let the Constitution be shredded by the forces of Socialism?  Do you believe our current situation is less winnable than it appeared on Christmas morning, 1776? 

    Paine also wrote, “Tyranny like hell is not easily conquered.”

    When we were born in the USA, we won the lottery!  It’s time to pay the price of that lottery ticket.  Our forefathers were willing to pay that price and we need to join with them. Are you willing to stand up and fight for the USA: its Constitution; its traditions; its future; and your family?  The choice is clear - get engaged or surrender.

  • 12/21/2023 11:20 AM | Anonymous

    NY Senate Proposed Bill S00930 and NY Assembly Proposed Bill A01566  by John Elwood

    Here is another attempt by the anti-2nd Amendment gun-grabbers to do away with your 2nd Amendment protected rights.

    Restricts the sale of ammunition to only individuals authorized to possess such weapon; creates the no gun database under the division of criminal justice services.

    Details of bill:

    • A person is guilty of criminal sale of firearm ammunition when such person sells any firearm ammunition to a person not authorized pursuant to law to possess a firearm capable of firing such ammunition.
    • A Class B misdemeanor.  Punishment for a Class B misdemeanor include: In New York State, misdemeanors are punishable by community service, fines, probation and/or a jail sentence.  You can serve up to 90 days in jail for a Class B misdemeanor.  Misdemeanor convictions will typically show up on routine background checks by employers or law enforcement agencies.  A misdemeanor conviction stays on your record forever.  However, as of October 2017, a person can ask a court to seal up to two criminal convictions of which either can be misdemeanors, but only one can be a felony. 
    • Create a no-gun database containing name, date of birth and any other appropriate information as deemed necessary by the division of criminal justice service.  The division will allow for any person selling a firearm or firearm ammunition with the state to check the no-gun database for the buyer of such firearm or firearm ammunition.
    • Bill goes into effect 1 November next succeeding the date of which it becomes law.
    State Senator Roxanne Persaud (D); Senator since 2015.  Member of the codes committee where the bill is now.  Bachelor and Master of Science in Education Administration.  Her district 19 covers New York City; No corresponding SCOPE Chapter.

    History– S-00930 Referred to the Senate Codes Committee on January 9, 2023.
                   A-01566, referred to Assembly codes committee on January 17, 2023.

    Sponsor of S00930:

    SCOPE opposes passage of these bills!

    Take Action

  • 12/20/2023 11:59 AM | Anonymous

    NY Assembly Proposed Bill A03314  by John Elwood

    The anti-2nd Amendment gun-grabbers never stop introducing proposed bills to do away with your 2nd Amendment protected rights.  Here’s another one.

    A03314– Requires liability insurance for owners of firearms, rifles, and shotguns.

    Details of the Bill:

    Adds a new section to penal law – Section 400.04

    • Must have liability insurance BEFORE ownership or BEFORE an issuance of a gun license.
    • Amount of insurance shall be determined by the Superintendent of Financial Services specifically covering any damages resulting from any negligent acts involving the use of such firearms, rifle or shotgun while owned by the owner.
    • Failure to own liability insurance results in a fine from $150 - $1,500 and immediate revocation of owner’s registration, license, and any other privilege to own or possess a firearm, rifle or shotgun.
    • Owner still responsible if firearm, rifle, or shotgun is lost or stolen until the loss is reported to the police/Sheriff.
    • The bill goes into effect 90 days after bill becomes a law
    • Any person owning a firearm, rifle, or shotgun has 90 days from the effective date of this provision to get liability insurance.
    • Bill will not apply to police officers.
    • Jeffery Dinowitz - District 81; No corresponding SCOPE County chapter.
    • Christopher Burdick - District 93; No corresponding SCOPE County chapter.
    • Anna Kelles – District 125; No corresponding SCOPE County chapter.
    • David Weprin – District 24; No corresponding SCOPE County chapter.
    • Phara Souffrant Forrest – District 57; No corresponding SCOPE County chapter.
    Get involved, write, call, or email your representatives. Tell them to vote NO! 

    Partisan Bill– 5 Democrats Sponsoring:

    There is a NO SAME AS BILL in the NY Senate.

    Status– Introduced to Assembly Insurance Committee on February 2, 2023.

    SCOPE opposes this bill!

    You can find A03314 and other bills on SCOPE's Take Action page.

  • 12/18/2023 10:32 AM | Anonymous

    Go Woke Go Broke  by Tom Reynolds

    People tend to travel in similar groups and share similar beliefs and interests.  So, it should come as no surprise that the leftist people who want to destroy the 2nd Amendment are, pretty much, the same people who are pushing the Woke agenda.  How is that going?

    You may be aware that Disney betrayed its roots and was leading the Woke effort.  Disney CEO Bob Iger recently admitted defeat, pledging to stop the left-wing propaganda and start entertaining again.  The CEO of the world’s biggest entertainment conglomerate has just confirmed: Get woke, go broke.

    Iger said: “Entertain first, not messages.”  He added that “positive messages for the world” are great but shouldn’t be forced on the public or used as the story’s primary job.  (I disagree with Iger defining Woke as a ‘positive message’ which leads me to believe Iger isn’t really serious but hopes to fool people into returning to Disney products.)


    And if that doesn’t convince you that ‘going Woke means going broke’,  one of the propaganda arms of the Democrat Party, (and rabidly anti-2nd Amendment) the far-left Washington Post, has had another layoff and just cut 120 jobs through buyouts and has promised that layoffs will commence if 120 more staffers do not accept buyouts.  If involuntary layoffs happen, Washington Post CEO Patty Stonesifer warned that they would offer “significantly less generous benefits than the voluntary package.”

    According to the farther left New York Times, the Washington Post is on track to lose $100 million in 2023.  (Jeff Bezos, the billionaire founder of Amazon also owns the Washington Post so he can afford to subsidize it but has apparently decided that good business practices supersede propaganda.  Of course, good business practices would include reporting the news instead of propaganda.)

    Why label their reporting as propaganda?  John Nolte of Breitbart listed a few reasons:  

    ·       Russia Collusion Hoax

    ·       Hands Up, Don’t Shoot Hoax

    ·       Jussie Smollett Hoax

    ·       Covington KKKids Hoax

    ·       Very Fine People Hoax

    ·       Seven-Hour Gap Hoax

    ·       Global Warming Hoax

    ·       Russian Bounties Hoax

    ·       Trump Trashes Troops Hoax

    ·       Policemen Killed at Mostly Peaceful January 6 Protest Hoax

    ·       Rittenhouse Hoax

    ·       Border Agents Whipping Illegals Hoax

    ·       NASCAR Noose Hoax

    ·       COVID Lab Leak Theory Is Racist Hoax

    ·       Hunter Biden’s Laptop Is Russian Disinformation Hoax

    ·       Joe Biden Will Never Ban Gas Stoves Hoax

    ·       COVID Deaths are Over-Counted Is a Conspiracy Theory Hoax

    ·       Mass Graves of Native Children in Canada Hoax

    ·       Hamas Hospital Hoax

    ·       John Fetterman Is Healthy Hoax

    Other than that, where’s the propaganda?  (Sarcasm intended.)

    Anheuser-Busch's beer brand Bud Light employed transgender social media personality Dylan Mulvaney to promote its product. That cost its parent company more than $15 billion and over 23 percent of its stock valuation in just six weeks.

    They, too, had some layoffs.

    Anheuser-Busch's marketing vice president, Alissa Heinerscheid, who spearheaded the campaign, was placed on leave, as was vice president for mainstream brands Daniel Blake.  Benoit Garbe, the chief marketing officer for the embattled company’s US portfolio of beers, canned cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages since 2021, “will be resigning at the end of the year in order to embark on a new chapter in his career.”

    Maybelline, for which Mulvaney also recently did promotions, was likewise targeted for boycotts—by feminists who objected to a biological male modeling women's sports bras and cosmetics.  (Guys weren’t too excited about that either!)

    Nearly 4,000 car dealerships signed an open letter to President Biden urging him to delay the timeline for proposed emissions standards that would force two-thirds of new vehicles sold by 2032 to be electric.

    The groups stated in the letter: “Electric vehicles are stacking up on our lots, which is our best indicator of customer demand in the marketplace…no government agency, no think tank, and no polling firm knows more about the automobile customer than us”.

    EV inventories have increased by 506% from a year ago, with EVs sitting on lots an average 82 days versus 64 days for gas-powered vehicles. In response to slowing demand, automakers like Ford and GM are cutting production.

    Julia Martinez reported, “Sticker shock” is a real thing for most people, even after government incentives.  And the maintenance costs and the practical impact of charging time are real considerations that purchasers are making.

    In a related incident

    In January 2022, Michigan’s Progressive Governor Whitmer announced a massive financial agreement with GM, which ultimately saw Michigan taxpayers footing an $824 million bill to have the automaker promise to invest billions in auto jobs across the state. Whitmer said at the time: “GM’s $7 billion investment in Michigan — the largest in their history — will create and retain 5,000 good-paying jobs and enable us to build on our legacy as the place that put the world on wheels.

    In two separate state filings, GM executives said they are laying off 1,300 auto workers starting January 1, 2024.

    A crushing budget deficit of $780 million has forced San Francisco Mayor London Breed to eliminate the budget of the Office of Reparations, which was considering payouts of up to $5 million each to long-term black residents of the city.

    The deficit is blamed on an exodus of work-from-home residents and taxpayers, coupled with a rise in crime, outdoor drug abuse, and homelessness, and chased away retail businesses.  (In other words, woke policies.)

    Then there is Target, which is not learning from experience.

    In mid May, Target CEO Brian Cornell described his company's diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives of offering Woke merchandise for sale: “I think those are just good business decisions, and it's the right thing for society, and it's the great thing for our brand."

    Target customers disagreed and within just 10 days of Cornell's statement, Target lost $10 billion, in value, watching its stock price fall daily. The company’s second-quarter earnings report shows a 5.4% decrease in sales—the first drop in roughly six years.

    Did Target learn anything?  Nope.

    Target has reportedly hired a Senior LGBTQIA+ Segmentation Strategist and Pride Leader. (Try fitting that title on a business card!)  His job is to wokify the aisles.  Gary Thompson goes by “gaycruella” on social media.

    SCOPE constantly points out that it is the gun owners who won’t vote that are causing us to lose elections.  Apparently, these same gun owners vote with their feet – and their wallets - but can’t find time to solve the core problem and vote on election day.

    There’s an election coming in eleven months that will determine if the Constitution lives as the law of the land or is just a temporary impediment to the liberal left to be worked around.   Let’s not hesitate to tie these leftist groups together - since they already are together.

  • 12/14/2023 3:53 PM | Anonymous

    Federal Gun Registry History  by Tom Reynolds

    It is often stated that the federal government is prohibited from maintaining a gun registry.  Here is a short history of the federal gun registry prohibitions to which you can refer, to get good information.

    Congressional Research Service serves as nonpartisan shared staff to congressional committees and Members of Congress.  On March 4, 2022 it released a report (*) which is the basis for the following.

    Four provisions of current federal law prohibit a national registry of most, but not all, modern firearms.

    1934 National Firearms Act (NFA)

    Under the Department of Justice (DOJ), the ATF is the principal agency that administers and enforces the NFA

    Under the NFA, certain firearms deemed to be particularly dangerous are more highly regulated. (e.g., machine guns, short-barreled shotguns, and silencers/suppressors.)

    ATF maintains a centralized registry of NFA-regulated firearms (e.g., machine guns, short-barreled shotguns, and silencers) that are held privately by unlicensed persons and publicly by nonfederal law enforcement agencies.

    For 34 years, FY1979 through FY2012, Congress attached a proviso to the annual ATF appropriations that blocked any proposed rule, that would have required FFLs to submit quarterly reports on firearms sales and dispositions. 

    For FY2012, the word of futurity (“hereafter”) was included in this, which indicates it intended the prohibition on these quarterly FFL reports to be permanent law (H.Rept. 112-284, p. 240). (**)

    Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA)

    Under the Department of Justice (DOJ), the ATF is the principal agency that administers and enforces GCA; however, the FBI administers the GCA background check provisions.

    The GCA requires anyone who engages in the business of manufacturing, importing, or dealing in firearms to be licensed federally. These licensees are known collectively as Federal Firearms Licensees. (FFL)

    All modern firearms are regulated under the GCA if they are based on post-1898 designs and are capable of accepting self-contained, commercially available ammunition.  In addition, certain devices (e.g., silencers / suppressors) also fall under the GCA definition of “firearm.”

    For nine years, FY2004 through FY2012, Congress included a general provision in the annual DOJ appropriations bill that required the FBI to destroy background check records within 24 hours on persons who are found eligible to receive and possess firearms. This provision was crafted because a 90-day NICS audit log was maintained by the FBI during the Clinton Administration.

    For FY2012, Congress inserted a word of futurity (“hereafter”) in this provision, which indicates it intended for the 24-hour destruction requirement to be permanent law. (***)

    Firearms Owners’ Protection Act (FOPA), 1986 Under 18 U.S.C. §926,

    The Attorney General is authorized to prescribe the rules and regulations necessary to carry out the GCA. Section 6 of FOPA amended §926 to prohibit a registry of firearms, firearms owners, or firearms transactions.( ****)

    Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, 1993

    Congress amended the GCA and required FFLs to initiate a background check on any prospective unlicensed customer seeking to acquire a firearm from them through a sale, trade, or redemption of firearms exchanged for collateral (18 U.S.C. §922(t)). The FBI facilitates these background checks through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

    Subsection 103(i) of the Brady Act prohibits the establishment of a registration system of firearms, firearms owners, or firearms transactions or dispositions with any records generated by NICS, except for records on persons found ineligible to receive or possess firearms.(*****)


    (*) Link to actual report     3 (

    (**) “Provided, That no funds appropriated herein or hereafter shall be available for salaries or administrative expenses in connection with consolidating or centralizing, within the Department of Justice, the records, or any portion thereof, of acquisition and disposition of firearms maintained by [F]ederal firearms licensees. (Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012, P.L. 112-55, November 18, 2011, 125 Stat. 552, 609.

    (***)Hereafter, none of the funds appropriated pursuant to this Act or any other provision of law may be used for—(1) the implementation of any tax or fee in connection with the implementation of subsection 922(t) of title 18, United States Code; and (2) any system to implement subsection 922(t) of title 18, United States Code, that does not require and result in the destruction of any identifying information submitted by or on behalf of any person who has been determined not to be prohibited from possessing or receiving a firearm no more than 24 hours after the system advises a Federal firearms licensee that possession or receipt of a firearm by the prospective transferee would not violate subsection (g) or (n) of section 922 of title 18, United States Code, or State law

    (****) No such rule or regulation prescribed after the date of the enactment of the Firearms Owners’ Protection Act may require that records required to be maintained under this chapter or any portion of the contents of such records, be recorded at or transferred to a facility owned, managed, or controlled by the United States or any State or any political subdivision thereof, nor that any system of registration of firearms, firearms owners, or firearms transactions or dispositions be established. Nothing in this section expands or restricts the Secretary’s [Attorney General’s] authority to inquire into the disposition of any firearm in the course of a criminal investigation. (P.L. 99-308, May 19, 1986, 100 Stat. 449, 459.)

    (*****) No department, agency, officer, or employee of the United States may—(1) require that any record or portion thereof generated by the system established under this section be recorded at or transferred to a facility owned, managed, or controlled by the United States or any State or political subdivision thereof; or (2) use the system established under this section to establish any system for the registration of firearms, firearm owners, or firearm transactions or dispositions, except with respect to persons, prohibited by section 922 (g) or (n) of title 18, United States Code or State law, from receiving a firearm.

  • 12/13/2023 4:26 PM | Anonymous

    S04150  by John Elwood

    In 2022, in a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down a New York law on who is allowed to carry a concealed weapon in public by ruling that the New York law was unconstitutional.  The Supreme Court ruled the ability to carry a pistol in public was a constitutional right guaranteed by the Second Amendment. 

    The Constitution never seems to stop Governor Hochul. 

    Eight days later, on July 1, 2023 New York State Governor Hochul signed into law the Concealed Carry Improvement Act (CCIA).  Significant provisions of the CCIA includes an ammunition background check (backdoor registration) prior to the purchase of ammunition, a fee of $2.50 for each purchase of ammunition, as well as a $9.00 fee for any purchase of a firearm, rifle or shotgun. 

    And the anti-2A Left never stops.

    On November 29, 2023, Democrats in the United States Congress, led by Martin Heinrich (D-New Mexico), Mark Kelly (D -Arizona), Michael Bennett (D-Colorado), and Angus King (I-Maine), introduced the most sweeping list of gun prohibitions in the 21st century, including prohibiting nearly all semi-automatic handguns.  The bill labelled the “Gas-Operated Semi-Automatic Firearms Exclusion Act (GOSAFE) will require all semi-automatic rifles above .22 caliber to have a permanently affixed magazine capacity of 10 rounds or fewer while outlawing magazines of higher capacity.  Further, the bill requires government approval of any future semi-automatic firearm design before production occurs.  Finally, the bill will also ban build-it-yourself ghost gun kits.

    In 2024, New York State Democrats will continue their goal of gun control by bringing forth an avalanche of gun control bills to the New York State Legislature. In 2023, they included: A03314; S02978; S01701/A07885; S07364/A07489; S00930/A01566; A00754, A00442; S07365; A05049/S02635; and S04150

    S04150 is a particularly egregious bill.  S04150 requires limiting the acquisition of a rifle, or shotgun to one every ninety-day period.  S04150 was introduced on February 23, 2023 and was sent to the consumer protection committee.  Provisions of S04150 do not apply to police officers, and would take effect 180 days after signed into law by the New York State Governor.  The bill states a violation of S04150 is a class A misdemeanor. 

    Class A misdemeanors are the most serious type of misdemeanor.  Someone can be punished for a class A misdemeanor is up to 1 year in jail.  Additional penalties include fines, community service, three (3) years’ probation, and driver’s license suspension.  If convicted of a misdemeanor, it can stay on your record forever, but a 2017 New York State bill allows for the sealing of one misdemeanor conviction under certain circumstances.   

    S04150 is partisan bill sponsored by State Senator James Sanders, a Democrat from New York City (district 10 - Queens).  (There is no corresponding SCOPE chapter to Senator Sanders’ district.)  Currently, he is the chairman of the NY State Senate Committee on Banks.  An attempt was made to ask Senator Sanders why he feels there is a need for this bill, and what is his source research document, but the Senator did not respond to this author’s inquiry.

    Obviously, Shooter’s Committee on Political Education (SCOPE) OPPOSES S04150.

    It seems like democrats from New York City are in competition with each other to determine who can create the most draconian firearm legislation, and impose it on New York State citizens.  The good news is there is no SAME AS bill for S04150, meaning there is no corresponding Assembly bill working through the Assembly at the same time S04150 works through the New York State Senate.  However, gunowners (SCOPE) cannot rely that a corresponding Assembly bill does not appear in 2024. 

    I continually hear there are 4 to 5 million-gun owners in New York and if NY State gunowners all voted we would not be in danger of losing our Second Amendment rights. 

    OK, we all agree Second Amendment restrictions are unconstitutional, but how do we fight back?  SCOPE is, “A Second Amendment Defense Organization, defending the rights of New York State gun owners to keep and bear arms!”   SCOPE’s mission statement states we accomplish our mission by, “Tirelessly making every effort to educate anti-gun politicians, and publicly speaking and debating gun issues with anti-gun organizations”.  Ask yourself, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS?  I’m not just talking about SCOPE board members, but ALL SCOPE members. 

    If ALL SCOPE members aren’t actively writing and calling your legislator to OPPOSE S04150, we are not doing enough!   If we are not voting because we think these restrictive gun laws won’t affect us, we are WRONG and we aren’t doing enough!  If we are not educating ourself on gun laws, and then debating anti-gun organizations, we are not doing enough! 

    SCOPE is trying to synchronize its efforts with other Second Amendment organizations and making donations to help fund a lawsuit against violations of the Second Amendment.  But it won’t be enough until we have stopped this flood of anti-2nd Amendment legislation and that will require members to act individually as well as a part of SCOPE.

    OPPOSE S04150!

A 2nd Amendment Defense Organization, defending the rights of New York State gun owners to keep and bear arms!

PO Box 165
East Aurora, NY 14052

SCOPE is a 501(c)4 non-profit organization.

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