Kickback Kathy Punts by Tom Reynolds
Volumes have been written about the hastily passed anti-2nd Amendment and anti-Constitution laws passed by NY State as an emergency “Necessity”. Since the laws were written and passed under Democrats’ extreme emotional distress, they are flawed. Logically, the laws should be repealed and the left could start over. But emotions and not logic run deep in Hochul’s circles, so they are ignoring their own laws.
One of the laws (New York Senate bill 51001) adds onerous, time consuming and expensive steps to pistol permit renewal. On August 27th, (5 days before the law takes effect) Hochul’s NY State Police just came out with guidance that says:
“A pistol or revolver license issued by New York City or Westchester, Nassau, and Suffolk counties expires and needs to be renewed every 3 years.“
“A pistol or revolver license issued outside of those areas does not expire, but the license holder must recertify with the New York State Police every 3 years for a concealed carry license and every 5 years for other types of licenses.”
If you don’t renew, you lose your license. If you don’t recertify, won’t you also lose your license? So, the difference is…?
Because Hochul and her fellow Democrats came under so much fire (pun intended) they created an artificial difference between recertify and renewal.
Gun owners are happy about this but what cannot be ignored is that Hochul is ignoring her own law to save her political behind before the election. She can now say to anti-2A that she passed these laws and to pro-2A that she exempted them (hoping the pro 2A will ignore the rest of the law and continue to not be motivated to vote).
What happens after the election and this “difference without a distinction” is challenged by democrats in court? Can we expect anti-2A Hochul and anti-2A Attorney General Letitia James to rabidly defend us? If these laws continue to stand, expect recertify to become renewal and we will all fall under the new law.
The following is concerned with another part of that bill that Hochul is finding convenient to ignore.
In 2021, the NY Clay Target League reported that, in NY State, a total of 1,693 student athletes on 103 high school teams are participating on teams for trap, skeet, 5-stand and sporting clays.
Does the bill ban these teams? It would seem so.
The following wording is taken directly from the law (and a link to the law is provided at the end of this Email). Because it is so lengthy, items not related to this article are omitted.
“§ 265.01-e A person is guilty of criminal possession of a firearm, rifle or shotgun in a sensitive location when such person possesses a firearm, rifle or shotgun in or upon a sensitive location…Criminal possession of a firearm, rifle or shotgun in a sensitive location is a class E felony.
For the purposes of this section, a sensitive location shall mean:
…in or upon any building or grounds, owned or leased, of any educational institutions…school districts…public schools…private schools licensed under article one hundred one of the education law…charter schools…non-public schools…board of cooperative educational services… special act schools…preschool special education programs…private residential or non-residential schools for the education of students with disabilities…and any state-operated or state-supported schools
…any place, conveyance, or vehicle used for public transportation or public transit…buses…or any facility used for or in connection with service in the transportation of passengers…and bus terminals;
…any place used for…sporting events such as…stadiums.”
After very negative feedback, the Hochul administration is using the following section to say that these teams are now legal, in spite of the wording in the law.
“This section shall not apply to: persons lawfully engaged in hunting activity, including hunter education training.”
Trap shooting, etc. is now hunting, according to Hochul. (Will you need a hunting license to shoot trap? Wait until your hunting dog tries to recover those birds!)
If the team should meet in a school parking lot or take a school bus to the competition, the team would seem to violate several other parts of the law Hochul has sponsored.
If Hochul seems like a hypocrite, gun owners may react that it is hypocrisy in a good cause since it enables shooting sports to continue. But just because we like the result, we must not overlook the fact that Hochul is violating her own law.
Trying to correct this mess brought on by Hochul’s false emergency, NY State Senator Pam Helming has introduced legislation (S.9530) to protect shooting sports in New York State. The bill would clarify language that does not expressly exempt competitive shooting sports events, often held at “sensitive locations.” The bill would make clear that firearms are still permitted to be used at shooting sports venues and programs, including school-approved skeet, trap or clay target shooting teams, and organizations such as sportsmen’s clubs, youth clubs and scouting camps.
However, Helming’s proposed law only deals with one part of a very bad law of many parts. Don’t be distracted from the need to repeal the whole law, even if Helming is successful
And in case you thought only NY State was this nuts; a new California law imposing civil fines on organizations that advertise any “firearms-related product” that makes firearms “appealing to minors” has caused a popular youth target shooting league to suspend operations. Faced with fines of up $25,000 for “any and each instance” of advertising firearms-related products under House Assembly Bill 2571, the California State High School Clay Target League (CASHCTL) posted on its website that it has been forced to close down.
Bill Text: NY S51001 | 2021-2022