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  • 03/21/2022 10:43 AM | Anonymous

    Zeldin, Hochul Secure Spots On Primary Ballot: The 2022 campaign for governor of New York is underway.  03/19/2022 / Albany Update     

    Gov. Kathy Hochul is the Democratic Party’s designated candidate for governor this year. The Party selected Gov. Hochul at the New York State Democratic Convention on February 17, 2022, when the Governor amassed 85.6% of the weighted vote. U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-NY3) and New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams are also seeking the Democratic nomination, with Rep. Suozzi running as a moderate problem-solver and Public Advocate Williams running as a progressive with the support of the Working Families Party. Because Rep. Suozzi and Public Advocate Williams did not receive enough votes at the Democratic Convention to get onto the primary ballot, each candidate will try to gain ballot access by obtaining the signatures of 15,000 Democratic voters. As of mid-January, Gov. Hochul had amassed a record-setting $21.6 million in campaign donations.

    On March 16, 2022, CNBC reported that former Gov. Andrew Cuomo is also considering running for governor this year. Cuomo began this year with $16 million in his campaign account and has spent $2 million on advertisements in an effort to regain public support. Earlier this month, a poll showed Cuomo trailing Hochul by a narrow 37%-33% margin amongst Democratic voters, with Rep. Suozzi receiving 7% support and Public Advocate Williams receiving 4%. However, the same poll showed that 59% of all New York voters believe that the results of Attorney General Letitia James’s investigation into Cuomo were accurate; in addition, 63% of all New York voters do not believe Cuomo should hold public office again. Recently, when asked whether he would consider creating his own political party line to facilitate a gubernatorial campaign, Cuomo replied: “‘I’ve done it before. My father’s done it before.’”

    On the Republican side, U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY1) received the Party’s support for governor on March 1, 2022 at the New York Republican Convention. Eighty-five percent of convention delegates voted for Rep. Zeldin. Former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and businessman Harry Wilson each received the support of 7% of delegates, while former White House staffer Andrew Giuliani received the support of less than 1%. Astorino, Giuliani, and Wilson each must gather 15,000 signatures to gain ballot access. As of January 2022, Rep. Zeldin had raised $8.4 million in campaign contributions. On March 14, 2022, Rep. Zeldin’s campaign released the results of a poll showing him leading Gov. Hochul, 45.5%-44%; a poll taken earlier in March showed Gov. Hochul leading Rep. Zeldin, 50%-35%.

    If necessary, primary elections for governor will be held on June 28, 2022. In anticipation of those potential primaries, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms has begun hosting candidate spotlights with candidates who have secured a place on a major party ballot. At our March 15, 2022 Digital Day of Action, NYCF welcomed Rep. Lee Zeldin for an interview; video of that interview is available here. We hope that Gov. Hochul and other potential candidates will also join us for interviews as the campaign continues.

  • 02/24/2022 6:34 PM | Anonymous

    S7736 has been delivered to Governor Kathy Hochul.

    Senate Bill S7736

    Amends the "Scott J. Beigel unfinished receiver act" relating to unserialized frames or receivers



    Recent Actions:

    • Feb 7, 2022 - PASSED ASSEMBLY
    • Feb 7, 2022 - RETURNED TO SENATE
    • Feb 24, 2022 - DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
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    What this Means:

    The Governor has 10 days (not including Sundays) to approve (“sign”) or reject (“veto”) bills passed by both houses. Signed bills become law; vetoed bills do not. However, if the governor failure to sign or veto a bill within the 10-day period, the bill automatically becomes law.

    If a bill is delivered to the Governor when the Legislature is out of session (typically from late June until early January), the rules are a bit different. At such times, the Governor has 30 days (including Sundays) in which to make a decision. Failure to act has the same effect as a veto. Informally, this failure to act is often referred to as a “pocket veto.”

    What Happens Next:

    The committee may amend the bill to satisfy concerns of committee members, leave it as is, or refer it to another committee for further deliberation. The bill may be reported to the full Senate chamber for consideration if a majority share of the committee members support it. If a bill has not been addressed by the committee by the end of the two-year legislative term, the bill is said to have 'died in committee'.

    What Can I Do?

    You can reach out to Governor Kathy Hochul's office at the following link: Additionally, all members of the Senate welcome legislative feedback from constituents at When you use the New York State Senate website to officially support or oppose this bill, your feedback will be shared directly with your senator.

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  • 02/09/2022 3:07 PM | Anonymous

    A Look At Legislative Redistricting by Jason J. McGuire, Executive Director, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms

    Above is a link to a helpful article on the web from Jason Maguire at New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms with information about the recent redistricting of voting districts throughout the state.  Note the three links for online maps for the congressional districts, the Senate districts, and the Assembly districts (those links are reproduced here for your convenience):

    NYS Senate:

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    U.S. Congress:

  • 01/12/2022 8:11 PM | Anonymous

    State police clarify pistol permit recertification dates by Brandon Jan 12, 2022

    Incorrect information was being reported regarding permit recertification. The information was saying that all pistol permit recertification in the state would be due by January 15, 2022.

    State police want to clarify that an individual's recertification due date is dependent on their initial recertification date, and must recertify every five years.

    An example of this would be if a pistol permit holder who recertified on January 15, 2017, would be due to recertify by January 15, 2022.

    A pistol permit holder who recertified on March 8, 2017, would be due to recertify by March 8, 2022.

    New York State pistol permits issued prior to January 31, 2013, were first due to be recertified with the New York State Police by January 31, 2018.

    The pistol permit recertification website was first opened to allow recertification on January 1, 2017. This date range created a 13-month window to allow New York pistol permit holders enough time to submit their first recertification.

    The due dates for the second round of pre-2013 issued pistol permits will range between January 1, 2022, to January 31, 2023

    Permits issued after January 31, 2013, were due to recertify five years after the permit issue date, and every five years thereafter.

    To see when your current recertification expires, visit the New York State Police website by clicking here.

  • 12/07/2021 9:50 AM | Anonymous

    Update on the Misleading Murderer You Know Lie, Latest Data  Ammoland Inc. Posted on December 6, 2021 by Dean Weingarten

    U.S.A. –-( Those who follow the debate on restoring Second Amendment rights have probably heard the other side proclaim some variant of:

    “Most victims are murdered by people they know.”

    The implication is defending yourself from a murderer is futile, because there is no point in trying to defend yourself from a person who is close to you.

    This is a way of lying with statistics. The truth is far different.

    Few Victims Are Murdered By Someone They Live With.

    In 2013, this correspondent published an essay on the Misleading Murderer that you Know. The numbers were from 2010. This update uses the latest numbers. They are from the FBI Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) for 2019.

    The most accurate crime statistics involve homicides, particularly murders. The most easily solved homicides are murders of passion between intimates. The hardest homicides to solve are those where there is no connection between the murderer and the victim.

    The largest category of victims in the FBI reports of victim relationships to their murderer is unknown. In 2019, those victims are 49% of the total. It is a huge number. Some of this is because FBI Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) are often filed before an investigation is complete. As murders of passion among intimates are the easiest to solve, this means a much higher percentage of strangers and acquaintances fall into the unknown category when the UCR report is filled out.

    The clearance rate for murder in 2019 was 59%. This means 41% were not solved. About 84% of the murderers who are unknown by the time of the UCR report remain unknown. It is likely most of the 16% solved are not intimate partner murders. Those that are, are unlikely to have been living with their victim.

    The clearance rate for murder in 2020 dropped to 54.4%.

    So-Called Known Murderers

    The next largest category of murderers is acquaintances. It is 20%. These are included in people you “know”.

    The slightest connection to you counts as you “knowing” them. The gang-banger who was in your remedial English class in community college, the drug dealer you filed a report about, the laborer who cleaned up your neighbor’s yard, the person who involved you in a fender-bender, the high school classmate who was always in trouble, are all counted as an acquaintance. So are addicts’ suppliers, criminals’ associates, and members of a gang.

    The next largest category is members of the immediate family. They are 11%. This is who most people place in the category as “known”.  This includes estranged and ex-family, such as ex-wives and ex-husband.

    Then come strangers, at 10%. These are the hardest murderers to catch.

    • Boyfriend/girlfriend is at 5%. This includes ex-boyfriend/girlfriends.
    • Other family is 2%.
    • Friends are at 2%.
    • Neighbors are 1%

    Employers/employees are just a trace, at .16%, too small to show up on the chart.

    Acquaintances Aren’t Family

    To create the misleading statistic that most murderers are “known” to their victim, those who want you to believe self-defense is futile, include acquaintance with family, friends, and neighbors.

    Then to inflate the “known” numbers, they assume the murderers who are unknown have the same percentage of immediate family and relationships as those where the relationship is known. It is a bad assumption.

    Applying the misleading math used by Gun Control Advocates to the 2019 figures creates that false figure that 80% of murderers are “known” to their victims.

    A more realistic appraisal is unknown, stranger, and acquaintance categories make up 79% of murderers. Of the remaining 21%, a large number are ex-spouses, ex-boyfriend/girlfriends, and estranged family and friends.

    The numbers of exes and estranged are not reported. A great many domestic homicides occur between ex-spouses, ex-boyfriends/girlfriends, and estranged others.

    It is likely the number of people who murder someone living with them, when determined, will be less than 10% of the total.

    More and more people are effectively defending themselves against people they know who have become deadly enemies.

    Just because you know someone, doesn’t mean you cannot defend against them. Legal measures such as restraining orders make a self-defense claim clearer to police, prosecutors, and courts. This correspondent refers to these as cases of domestic defense.

    Taking a quick look, 20 cases of domestic defense were reported by the media in the last three months. The vast majority involved firearms as a defensive tool, where the attackers were wounded or killed. It is likely most defensive uses do not result in shots fired or in people wounded or killed. Most are not reported to police, and of those reported, few are mentioned in the media. Actual domestic defense uses of guns are probably 50-100 times greater than those reported in the media.

    Self-defense against intimates is almost never counted as justified homicide in the FBI UCR, because of the extremely limited definition of justified homicide the UCR uses.

    The bottom line: Firearms are effectively used for self-defense when confronting attackers, both known and unknown. Don’t fall for the anti’s propaganda war hide the truth.

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  • 10/18/2021 5:19 PM | Anonymous

    SCOPE Annual Banquet Followup

    The weather outside was wet but 200 people braved the rainstorm to hear Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North speak at SCOPE’s annual banquet on Saturday the 16th.  This year’s event was held at Breeze’s in Utica. 

    Prior to the banquet, Oliver North posed for pictures with attendees and signed autographs as a large crowd enjoyed the opportunity to meet living American history and also “rub elbows” with other Second Amendment supporters.  Many people had the opportunity to talk, personally, to North and hear stories about his life experiences.

    Colonel North entertained the audience with stories about his own military service in the Marines, his deep Christian faith and his role as a father and grandfather.  He volunteered that he gave a Bible, a compass and a shotgun to his children and grandchildren, on their birthdays, as things to guide them through life.    

    He talked about the difference in American attitudes between the days after 9/11 and today and then praised those who enlisted in the military right after 9/11. 

    North pulled no punches in criticizing the Afghan pullout debacle.  He expressed his concern about whether Joe Biden was mentally up for the job of President but expressed even greater concern that it is Kamala Harris “sitting in the wings”.  

    North weaved references to SCOPE in his speech, quoting our mission statement and the principles we follow.  He had obviously done his homework on SCOPE.

    Showing that he was as on top of current gun control issues as he was when he was President of the NRA, he also talked about the absurdity of several laws being proposed or enacted and how they are meant to chip away at the 2nd Amendment.  He called upon members of the audience to get active in opposition to those laws and contact their representatives. 

    In a question-and-answer session after the speech, he answered several questions from the audience.  When asked about Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mark Milley, he explained that Joe Biden was apparently advised by his military advisers to leave troops in Afghanistan until after everyone and everything were out.  North then asked: If so, who was it that advised Biden otherwise? Who was pulling the strings behind the scenes?

    When asked about the way Marine Lieutenant Colonel Stu Scheller has been treated for remarks critical of the way the Afghanistan evacuation was held, Colonel North explained that Scheller had violated Marine Corps’ regulations but the way he is being treated is way out of line.

    In a surprise at the end of the speech, Colonel North donated $500 to SCOPE and challenged the audience to match it.  Sixteen people responded positively, in an unexpected - but happily received - fund raiser.

    Colonel North’s speech was videotaped and will be made available for chapters to use.

    Several politicians also attended to show their support of the 2nd Amendment and SCOPE:  NY State Senator Ed Rath, Congressional Candidate Joe Sempolinski, Congresswoman Claudia Tenney, Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon, Assemblyman Joe Angelino, Lewis County Sheriff Michael Carpinelli and Oneida Count Sheriff Rob Maciol.

    Many attendees enjoyed the tour of the Remington Arms factory.  One of the tour attendees, Tracy Marisa, described it this way: “Earlier in the day, many attendees took advantage of the opportunity to tour the Remington Arms factory in Ilion, a few minutes’ drive from Utica. Management as well as other employees volunteered their time and expertise to guide us on an over-1/2-mile walk through the four-floor historic facility. Plant manager Bob Skinner started things off with a brief history of the company founded by Eliphalet Remington and continuing down to the present day, when the new owners have taken up the mantle of Remington Arms and returned to Ilion from Alabama”.

    “RemArms is not producing any handguns at the moment, but they are making rifles and shotguns for both the general public as well as police and military uses”. 

    “Without giving away any trade secrets, our tour guide took us through many of the areas necessary to turn blocks and tubes of steel into Remington firearms: milling, broaching, hammering, adding sights, polishing, heat treating, coating, assembly, test firing, and boxing. Many of these processes are “robotic” in the sense of being computer-controlled, but there are also benches where craftsmen assemble guns by hand”.

    “Attendees were also able to visit the Remington Museum.  It has been (and at least for now) closed to the public, but was staffed by volunteers and opened especially for us SCOPE members. It contains everything from historic guns and an 1880s bicycle (yes, RemArms made bikes at one time, too), to a video of the manufacturing processes in the factory and original paintings produced for advertising purposes by famous American illustrators such as NC Wyeth”.

    “All in all, the visit to the plant and museum were well worth the time and effort. Kudos to our SCOPE organizers as well as the RemArms folks who gave up their Saturday so we could have an informative and enjoyable field trip”.

    The banquet, itself, was a success because of the efforts of Gene Nolan and Kandee Tabor in organizing it, Marsha Devine in putting together the program and numerous volunteers doing the behind-the-scenes work.  As always, our chapters and Sue Maressa continued to step up.

  • 10/15/2021 8:42 AM | Anonymous

    Schuyler County S.C.O.P.E. “meet the candidates night” held October 14.  Candidates graded on Second Amendment.

    Date/Time:    October 14, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    Location:       Montour Falls Moose Lodge, 2096 State Rt 14, Montour Falls, NY

    The Schuyler County Chapter of Shooters Committee on Political Education (S.C.O.P.E.) invited candidates for county and state office to attend its October 14 (Thursday) quarterly meeting as a “Meet the Candidates Night.” 

    Candidates were given the opportunity to make a few brief remarks and answer questions from the membership.  The public was invited to attend as well.     Over fifty members of S.C.O.P.E. and the general public were in the audience.

    Among the topics addressed were each candidate’s belief in the right to keep and bear arms, possible “Constitutional County” legislation for Schuyler County, pistol permit procedures, support for law enforcement and related issues.  Each candidate in attendance affirmed his or her strong support for the Second Amendment.

    The following candidates attended and addressed the audience:

    ·      Kevin Rumsey, Republican Candidate for Sheriff

    ·      Breck Spaulding, Independent Candidate for Sheriff

    ·      Theresa Philbin, Republican Candidate for County Clerk

    ·      David Reed, Republican Candidate for County Legislature (District I)

    ·      Laurence Jaynes, Republican Candidate for County Legislature (District II)

    ·      James Howell, Republican Candidate for County Legislature (District IV)

    Following the meeting, the S.C.O.P.E. executive committee determined that each candidate who attended should receive an “A” rating from the group, based on their presentations and/or responses to a written S.C.O.P.E questionnaire.  An “A” grade means that S.C.O.P.E. believes these candidates will work to preserve, protect and defend the right to keep and bear arms, as enshrined in our Constitution.

    The following candidates were invited but did not appear or send a representative in their place:

    ·      Joseph Fazzary, Republican Candidate for District Attorney

    ·      Howard Cabezas, Democrat Candidate for County Legislature (District I)

    ·      Michael Lausell, Democrat Candidate for County Legislature (District III)

    ·      Molly Fitzgerald, Democrat Candidate for Supreme Court Justice

    ·      Elizabeth Aherne, Republican Candidate for Supreme Court Justice

    ·      Patrick O’Sullivan, Republican Candidate for Supreme Court Justice

    Because these candidates did not appear or submit responses to the written S.C.O.P.E. questionnaire, these candidates received a “No Grade-Incomplete” rating from the group. S.C.O.P.E. cannot say that these candidates will  or will not work to preserve, protect and defend the right to keep and bear arms.

    S.C.O.P.E is a non-partisan statewide organization dedicated to preserving Second Amendment Civil Rights through public education and promoting voter participation.  Because of its non-partisan nature, S.C.O.P.E. does not endorse candidates, but does grade candidates, based on their perceived support for the right of the people to keep and bear arms as enshrined in the U.S. Constitution.

    Final Grades:

    ·      Kevin Rumsey, Republican Candidate for Sheriff: Grade A

    ·      Breck Spaulding, Independent Candidate for Sheriff Grade A

    ·      Theresa Philbin, Republican Candidate for County Clerk: Grade A

    ·      David Reed, Republican Candidate for County Legislature (District I): Grade A

    ·      Laurence Jaynes, Republican Candidate for County Legislature (District II) :Grade A

    ·      James Howell, Republican Candidate for County Legislature (District IV): Grade A

    ·      Joseph Fazzary, Republican Candidate for District Attorney: No Grade/Incomplete

    ·      Howard Cabezas, Democrat Candidate for County Legislature (District I): No Grade/Incomplete

    ·      Michael Lausell, Democrat Candidate for County Legislature (District III): No Grade/Incomplete

    ·      Molly Fitzgerald, Democrat Candidate for Supreme Court Justice: No Grade/Incomplete

    ·      Elizabeth Aherne, Republican Candidate for Supreme Court Justice: No Grade/Incomplete

    ·      Patrick O’Sullivan, Republican Candidate for Supreme Court Justice: No Grade/Incomplete

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