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  • 01/29/2021 12:09 AM | Anonymous

    February is SCOPE’s “Nomination of Officers” month across the state. Only the members who attend their chapter’s November meeting have an opportunity to nominate fellow members for the chapter’s “Board of Directors” which consists of seven members who are the voting members of a larger Chapter “Committee”. 

    You as a member then have the opportunity to vote for the chosen candidates at our March Members Meeting. Your vote is critical in determining the course of the chapter for the coming year.

    Of course, any member is eligible to run for a board seat. Here are the 7 board seats up for nomination next Wednesday and ultimately election at the March Members Meeting:   Chairman;  Vice-Chairman;  Secretary; Treasurer;  At Large Director;  At Large Director;  At Large Director.
    Candidates for these positions are welcomed at next Wednesday’s meeting.

    However, the Chapter “Committee” allows more than 7 members to play an active role in running the chapter. Our WCS Committee currently consists of 10 members. We are looking for additional members to serve on the “Committee”. You do not need to be elected to participate on it but should commit to one meeting night per month for 11 months. Our last two meetings have been virtual via Zoom and lasted 30-45 minutes. We are willing to continue Zoom meetings particularly if it encourages more members to participate on the “Committee”.  Ask to sign up at the February 10 meeting. 

    One of our “Committee” members has volunteered to make a presentation explaining the importance of various smaller committees needed to allow us to meet our goals. 

    Do you have suggestions or ideas on how to improve our chapter? We welcome your input. ‘Many hands make light labor’. I hope you attend our February 10 Members Meeting and take an active role in your chapter.

  • 01/11/2021 1:37 AM | Anonymous

    Wayne County SCOPE will hold its next members meeting on Wednesday, January 13 at the Marion American Legion Post. The meeting will begin at 7 pm. 

    Attendance has been lower than usual due to concerns about COVID-19. This is understandable but we would like to resolve this to some extent. Leadership recently held a virtual Zoom meeting where it was decided to attempt to “Zoom” the members meetings beginning in January.  

    We are attempting to make this a reality but are working on short notice and trying to overcome some obstacles for achieving our goal in January.

    If we are unable to arrange a Zoom meeting for this meeting then we will plan on arranging one for our February 10 members meeting. 

    If we are successful in setting up Zoom for January then expect an email with the Zoom link and password for you to access the meeting.  It will be posted on our website too.  Same for future meetings  

    Looking forward to our March 10 members meeting, we plan to host three candidates fo Wayne County Sheriff.  It is our intention to also Zoom that meeting to allow the maximum number of members to hear the platform and expected policies of each candidate. 


  • 12/23/2020 1:40 AM | Anonymous

    The Monroe County Clerk’s office is warning of a scam targeting pistol permit holders. It is not known if the scam extends into other counties. 

    Some residents of Monroe County have received a text message like this:

    ”Your Concealed Carry Permit is ready. Enter your details here 


    The County Clerk’s office will never send a text message asking for personal information.  You are advised not to click any link in text messages or emails if you do not know the sender  

  • 12/09/2020 3:34 PM | Anonymous

    A recent item on our WCS "Articles" page includes an interview of recently reelected Congressman John Katko (R-NY). He talks about his experiences growing up with firearms.  In addition, he was asked the question:  Which piece of pending legislation related to the firearm industry is particularly important to you and why?

    His answer is critical to anyone who holds a NY State pistol permit.  It is far past time that we be allowed to carry concealed when we travel out of New York.  Regardless of purpose, and whether the travel takes us into one or more states, the congressman is correct when he stated that:

    "Congress must continue working to provide certainty to law-abiding firearm owners and ensure the fair recognition of concealed carry permits across the country." 

    "Since coming to Congress, I have consistently heard from sports enthusiasts and firearm owners in Central New York about the patchwork of laws they have to navigate when traveling across state lines. With this in mind, I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to advance the bipartisan Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (H.R. 38). Congress must continue working to provide certainty to law-abiding firearm owners and ensure the fair recognition of concealed carry permits across the country."

    Katko received 27,436 votes in Wayne County alone.  It is now time for those who supported him [and all other gun owners] to contact his office and express their support for H.R. 38.  Here is his contact information:

    Phone: (202) 225-3701. You may need to leave a message. Below is a short example:  (First identify yourself with name, address and phone # ).

    I'm calling to express my support for  the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, House bill H.R. 38. Please seek bipartisan support for its passage.

    Email:  (Go to the website below, supply your personal information, check whether you want a reply and send a message similar to this): 

    I support the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, House bill H.R. 38.  Please seek bipartisan support for its passage.



  • 11/15/2020 3:32 PM | Anonymous
    • Member Joe Edwards reported on his efforts to develop local teams to compete in the NYS High School Clay Target Leagues.  Those interested in volunteering to coach participants should access the NYS website to become certified. Certification can be gained through an on-line course.  Members can also contact Joe to volunteer with local teams’ practice sessions. Our goal is to create a team in each Wayne County school district. 
    • Vice Chairman Laura Sepka discussed the need for upcoming fundraisers in order to support youth shooting teams and to prepare for critical elections in 2022.  We are considering selling facemasks from a local source.  Gun raffles were also proposed by members. 
    • Supervisor Ken Miller reported on the three candidates for the position of Wayne County Sheriff.  All three have had careers in law enforcement and are well regarded.  
    • The 3 candidates will attend our January 13 WCS meeting at the Marion Legion. They will each speak individually followed by a Q & A session. 
    • Ken explained that per Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 203, local government leaders are required to establish a local “Police Reform and Re-Invention Committee”. Volunteers from each Wayne County town are being sought to serve on this committee. Anyone interested should contact Ken at his Town of Palmyra office [315.597.2324].  I was asked to serve on the committee as a representative of Wayne County SCOPE.
    • There will be an open session for public input on the topic on November 18 @ 7 pm at the Lyons County Courthouse.The Executive Order is at
    • County Clerk Mike Jankowski reminded everyone that the positions of Sheriff, Judge, and County Clerk continue to hold considerable discretionary authority making it very important that voters and gun owners in particular pay attention to local election processes. 
    • On behalf of himself, Senator Pam Helming, and Congressman John Katko, Assemblyman Brian Manktelow thanked members of the chapter for their support in the recent election. He reported that Republicans retained seats in both the state Assembly and Senate and may pick up a few more as the elections are certified.  Voter resistance to issues of bail reform and defunding the police appeared to be significant factors in the election outcome.
    • Guest speaker and local Viet Nam veteran Pat Skelly talked about his experiences as a young combat soldier. He stressed the value of honoring and supporting veterans and those who care for their injuries. He urged members to value and defend those who fight beside them. Mike Fonte also noted the service of families and loved ones to the mission of the veterans.    
    • Following the 50/50 raffle, a video honoring the service of the American soldier was shown.  
    • The next meeting is scheduled for January 13 @ 7 pm at the Marion American Legion at 4141 Witherden Rd in Marion.  The candidates for Wayne County Sheriff in next year’s election will each make a presentation followed by an opportunity for you to ask questions. 
    • Reminder:  There is NO meeting in December.

  • 10/28/2020 3:30 PM | Anonymous

    Wayne County SCOPE Members Meeting

    Wednesday, November 11, 2020


    This month’s members meeting of Wayne County SCOPE is 

    Wednesday, November 11 @ 7 pm in the Marion American Legion Post

    located at 4141 Witherden Rd. Marion, NY 14505.

    Topics of discussion include:

    • Election results at all levels.
    • Direction of SCOPE following the elections.
    • Coping with COVID-19 moving forward.
    • Fundraising in advance of 2022 NY State elections. "PACK the PAC!"
    • Overview of new SCOPE website by Dave Colburn 
    • Website Q & A 
    • Joe Edwards on youth trap shooting teams from Wayne County schools.



                DESERVE NEITHER LIBERTY NOR SAFETY.”           

     — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (1706-1790)

  • 10/23/2020 12:39 AM | Anonymous

    This message was sent to members from SCOPE President Tom Reynolds:

    "There are many gun owners in New York (perhaps millions) who do not believe that Cuomo and company are coming for their weapons and, thus, there is no need to vote.  Well, guess what? There is now evidence that Cuomo and company are going after all guns!

    Bills that were introduced in both the New York State Senate (S7065) and the Assembly (A01589-A) will require that before any sale, exchange or disposal of a firearm, rifle or shotgun, the purchaser must pass a mental health examination.  No exemption for hunters.  No exemption for target shooting.  No exemption for self-defense. No exemption for…anything."

    The state senate now has a 'companion' bill to one that has sat in the assembly for months.  This brings the total of "2-House" anti-gun bills to 9 in 2020.  Seven were passed into law in 2019.

    The passage of the nine 2020 bills would bring the total to 16 in only two years.  The days of the state senate protecting gun owners is over.   Bills like these would have 'died' in Committee 2 years ago just as many did since passage of the so-called SAFE Act in 2013.  

    Cuomo and his gun control allies in Albany do not need another Unsafe act.  They merely need to roll along, year after year, with new intrusive and unconstitutional gun laws.  When will we put a halt to this?  It will only happen when gun owners to get off the couch on November 3 and VOTE.

    Choose candidates rated by SCOPE regardless of their party affiliation. You can find these ratings of federal and state candidates on the Home page of the state website:  

    Encourage fellow gun owners to vote for gun friendly candidates. 


  • 10/12/2020 1:50 AM | Anonymous

    This month’s members meeting of Wayne County SCOPE is this coming Wednesday, October 14 @ 7 pm in the Marion American Legion Post located at 4141 Witherden Rd. Marion, NY 14505.

    • Topics of discussion include:

    • ·      An update on state and federal legislation affecting our gun rights.
    • ·      Key points behind the Democrat’s platform on guns. 
    • ·      The use of filibusters and the threat to abolish them. How might this affect you?
    • ·      How SCOPE has impacted this year’s elections including:
    • o   Ratings of legislators.
    • o   Donations to legislators.
    • ·      Your individual donations can still impact the election.
    • ·      How can you promote voting amongst gun owners?
    • ·      Last minute General Election info.

    This year’s election is more critical to our cause than any in the recent past. There is still time to impact the outcome. This meeting will help you learn the roles we need to play before Nov. 3.

  • 09/26/2020 1:05 AM | Anonymous

    Three candidates for office accepted our invitation to attend our September 9 meeting and present their platforms in advance of the NOVEMBER 3rd ELECTION DAY. 

    State Senator Pam Helming, State Assemblyman Brian Manktelow and Congressman John Katko were in attendance. Invited opponents did not attend the meeting. 

    All 3 candidates are Republicans and offered substantial reasons for us to support them at the polls.  Each is a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment.  They have either sponsored or voted in favor of legislation protecting our liberties.  These include, in addition to the 2nd Amendment, the 4th, 5th, 6th and 14th Amendments. 

    It is clear they all support our right to due process; right to protection from government confiscation of our personal property; right to knowledge of our accuser(s); right to represent an accuser in a court of law with the assumption being that we are innocent until proven guilty.

    It may be easy for us to focus on the 2nd Amendment and overlook the importance of these latter four Amendments. Yet the State has thrown many law-abiding Gun owners ‘under the bus’ by violating these fundamental civil and Constitutional rights.  The passage of a so-called “Red Flag” law in 2019 was only the beginning of yet another round of intrusive gun control laws.  Many nationwide examples have proven this type of law, sometimes known as an Extreme Risk Protection Ordinance (ERPO)to be a violation of our liberties.  Why?  Consider:

    1.     Judges can issue an ERPO - formerly known as the unconstitutional GRVO or Gun Violence Restraining Order — without any testimony from the accused. In other words, the accused is denied his or her Sixth Amendment protected rights.  The person served the order will lose their Second Amendment right to own or even possess a firearm.  All firearms will be confiscated.

    2.     The Sixth Amendment provides that “in all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right…to be confronted with the witnesses against him.” The Clause was intended to prevent the conviction of a defendant upon written evidence (such as depositions or ex parte affidavits) without that defendant having an opportunity to face his or her accusers and to put their honesty and truthfulness to test before a judge and/or jury.

    3.     Who are these people filing for an ERPO? Mental health experts? No. They are family members, LEOs and judges. The list could grow to include present and former romantic partners.  People who could possibly act entirely out of hatred, anger and revenge.

    We have 3 candidates who have told us they understand the importance of our Constitution and it’s guaranteed rights.  They also need financial support.  We, as independent voters, can provide that support outside of SCOPE’s nonprofit structure.  SCOPE, the corporate entity, cannot legally endorse a candidate.  However, it can rate them.  Then it is the individual member’s personal choice as to whether to financially support a candidate.  

    We will provide you with the ratings of all three candidates mentioned above at our October 14 meeting as well as postal addresses if you wish to donate to their cause.  Bring your checkbooks.  


  • 09/07/2020 12:14 AM | Anonymous

    We are facing many challenges to our God-given Constitutional and civil liberties. 

    Legislation is being enacted by groups intent on restricting not only our Second Amendment rights but the 4th, 5th, 6th and 14th Amendments as well. 

    ‘Round one’ of our battle began in 2013 with the so-called “SAFE” Act. Seven new gun control laws in New York were passed in 2019. We have been warned about “SAFE Act 2” and must now face its reality if 8 new anti-gun bills in 2020 are passed into law. 

    The “Red Flag” or ERPO passed last year in Albany was perhaps the most dangerous law. It has become a widely used instrument to take away someone’s constitutional rights with little or no due process. Now we may face it on the federal level too. 

    Our opportunity to preserve our Constitutional rights depend upon our right to vote. This is the only right that cannot be legislated away. We must all exercise this right on November 3.  

    Plan to attend our Wayne County meeting on September 9.  You will meet the candidates hoping to earn your votes on November 3.  We will pose questions and give you an opportunity to do the same. 

    We gun owners can win any election if and only if we vote!  This is an obligation as well as a right. “Meet the Candidates Night” on Wednesday is step one to meeting that obligation. 

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

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East Aurora, NY 14052

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

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