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  • 08/20/2020 1:50 AM | Anonymous

    Wayne County Members SCOPE Meeting August 8, 2020 

    All COVID recommendations were observed at the Marion Legion. The meeting was called to order at 7pm by the Vice Chairman. The secretary’s minutes were not available.  The treasurer reported a balance forward of 2531.61 as of July 31, 2020. 

    The Chairman reported on the election of Tom Reynolds to the position of President of SCOPE and other state officers elected at the SBOD meeting held July 25. Tom Reynolds met with Tom King, President of NYSR&P and agreed that the upcoming elections in November should override all other issues. President Tom Reynolds also met with a state Senator to discuss upcoming elections 

    In light of recent national events, Pennsylvania counties have been overwhelmed by concealed carry permit requests.  In New Hampshire, Governor Chris Sununu has vetoed proposed “red flag” gun confiscation.  In New York, Attorney General Letitia James has brought suit against the NRA. 

    The Supreme Court of the State of New York ruled in favor of a Rockland County petitionerIt overruled a judge’s decision that “enjoined the petitioner from applying for an unrestricted pistol permit for one year” concluding “…the licensing agent was without authority to bar the petitioner from reapplying for an unrestricted pistol permit for one year “.  (see "Briefings" on the Home page for more details)

    It was announced that a “Candidates Night” will be held the evening of our September 9 meeting. Candidates from the two major parties will be invited to attend. The WCS Committee will question the candidates and rate each on a scale of A to F based upon their answers. The law prescribes that as a 501C4 nonprofit organization we are unable to endorse candidates but are allowed to rate them.   

    NRA representative Scott Buisch reported on Letitia James’ recent efforts to target the NRA. No criminal charges have been brought against the organization and no Grand Jury has been convened despite the Attorney General’s allegations.  Mr. Buisch contends the intention, rather, is to embarrass the NRA as a political opponent and to dry up the NRA’s ability to financially support pro-Second Amendment candidates. The Chairman proposed a chapter donation of $300 to the NRA and it was passed by the members present 

    Dan Olsen reported on topics related to the upcoming November 3rd elections. He discussed Early Voting policies and procedures as outlined by the Wayne County Board of Elections.  

    Assemblyman Brian Manktelow reported on the response he received to his recent mailer outlining his rejection of various anti-gun measures proposed in Albany. He noted that the Democrat majority appears single-mindedly opposed to Constitutional safeguards regarding gun ownership.  He recommended legal gun owners support like-minded candidates via letters to the Editor, campaign involvement, and voting.  Greater activism by conservative gun owners will be necessary to preserve gun rights in NY. 

    County Clerk Mike Jankowski followed up with a discussion about gun permit numbers in Wayne County. Despite surges in other counties and states, new permit requests and addendums to permits have remained fairly consistent when compared with other years.  He reminded everyone about the importance of completing the 2020 census, since population density is used to draw political boundaries for local, state, and federal elections.  Federal funding for Medicare, education, transportation access, and business development is also determined by census data. 

    Wayne County Supervisors’ Chair Ken Miller reported on county efforts to ensure necessary voting place decorum given the coronavirus pandemic. He reiterated Assemblyman Manktelow’s recommendation that members actively support candidates who advocate for gun rights and encourage gun owners to vote.  

    Mike Jankowski won the 50-50 raffle and donated his winnings to the NRA. 

    The meeting was closed at 8:15. 

    NOTE: The next members meeting will be September 9 at 7 pm at the Marion Legion. Our "Candidates Night" will be the major portion of the agenda. This is your opportunity to meet several candidates running for elected office in November and listen to their answers to our questions and yours. We expect everyone who attends will leave better educated on gun rights and gun control issues. Join us and prepare yourself to vote intelligently on November 3rd. 

  • 07/30/2020 10:21 PM | Anonymous

    Wayne County SCOPE will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, August 12 @ 7 PM at the Marion American Legion.  Members are asked to wear masks and practice social distancing. The Legion will be open and also the bar. 

    We look forward to feedback on proposed gun bills by our Assemblyman Brian Manktelow. 

    Senator Pam Helming has also been invited to speak.  She is chairman of the senate committee seeking candidates to replace a number of retiring senators. 

    Please plan to wear a mask while moving around the room or building.  No mask is needed while seated at your table.  A maximum of 4 per table is allowed in order to properly social distance. Your cooperation is appreciated by the Legion's leadership. 

  • 07/20/2020 10:55 PM | Anonymous

    Wayne County SCOPE will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, August 12@7 pm at the Marion American Legion.

    We should have some feedback on proposed gun bills by our Assemblyman Brian Manktelow. 

    Members are asked to wear masks and practice social distancing. Weather permitting, we may hold the meeting outdoors again.

  • 07/16/2020 1:51 PM | Anonymous

    Wayne County Clerk Mike Jankowski has informed me that the Wayne County Sheriff’s office and the County Clerk’s office is now able to again begin processing new pistol permits. 

    Amendments to existing permits were still processed during the state pandemic shutdown as long as no Brady check was required. These checks must be completed for an amendment only if the applicant has not had one in the past 5 years. Those with recent checks were able to complete amendments to their permit.

    The state office responsible for running the Brady checks was shut down by the state. This prevented the Sheriff’s office from completing new pistol permits which all require a Brady check. 

    Thanks for the info Mike!

  • 07/12/2020 12:01 AM | Anonymous

    Our Wayne County SCOPE July members meeting was held July 8 at the Marion American Legion. Speakers were NY State Assemblyman Bryan Manktelow and Wayne County Board of Supervisors Chairman Ken Miller. Masks and social distancing were observed. 

    Bryan handed out copies of new 2020 gun control bills which have sponsors in both houses of the legislature. They only need to be passed by their respective committees and sent to the floors of each house for passage. Do you doubt the governor would sign a new gun control bill into law?

    Kudos to Bryan’s staff for printing and stapling the bills for us. 

    It was agreed that all WCS members should contact both our state Assembly and Senate offices and express our concern with these bills. Visit both of the websites below and leave Pam and Bryan a message to vote against all gun control bills:

    Pam Helming ( R, C, IP ) Senate District 54

    Assemblyman Brian Manktelow (R) Assembly District 130

    [You can visit the State SCOPE website to learn more about these bills. Simply go to the “HOME” page and look for:]


    Learn about pending NYS legislation put forth by our representatives in Albany that may effect your 2nd Amendment and Civil Rights in the State of New York.

    More Info

    [Click on “More Info” to see the bills listed under:]


    Bryan explained that the legislature has other pending issues, primarily last year’s controversial bail law and the coronavirus pandemic. Despite the legislative session ending in June there will be a special session later this month. there is nothing stopping the governor from calling additional special sessions between now and December 31. This is why it is critical that each of you send a message to both of our elected officials expressing your displeasure with these gun bills. You can identify the bills by their number.

    Ken handed out face masks to those who needed them. He gave us an update on the effects of COVID-19 in Wayne County. Hopefully all businesses will fully be operating in the near future. The financial burden on business owners and Wayne County is staggering. Ken is determined, as Board Chairman, to see the creation of a balanced county budget. 

    Both officials agreed that sacrifices will need to be made but are intent on preventing the financial burden of the coronavirus pandemic from being foisted upon our future generations. 

    We plan to hold our next WCS members meeting on August 12. Members will be reminded on our website and via email.

  • 06/30/2020 4:05 PM | Anonymous

    The WCS BOD has decided to reconvene our monthly meetings (except December) in July.  The new state COVID-19  guideline allows a group meeting of up to 50 attendees. 

    Therefore, we plan to meet with members on the normal meeting night (second Wednesday) of the month which is July 8 at 7 pm.  The meeting is again at the Marion American Legion Post 1430 located at 4141 Witherden Rd Marion NY 14505.

    State guidelines also require that “social distancing” be practiced OR face masks be worn by all.  Please plan to wear a mask to the meeting. We appreciate your cooperation. 


  • 06/27/2020 2:25 AM | Anonymous

    Wayne County SCOPE is now likely to hold a members meeting on July 8.

    We will hold a Committee meeting on Monday to make a final decision and set an agenda.  The state now allows a maximum of 50 in a group meeting.  Either social distancing or a mask for all  attendees is required. Palmyra Supervisor and Chairman of the Wayne County Board of Supervisors Ken Miller has offered to provide masks at the meeting for any without one.

    Check your email and this location for the final word on the meeting early next week.



  • 06/18/2020 3:29 PM | Anonymous

    One of the early events for our SCOPE table is cancelled.

    This is an announcement from the Brantling website:

    It is with sadness that we announce the cancellation of the 2020 Brantling Bluegrass Festival. The GOOD news is that the bands that we had booked have agreed to come to Brantling on 7/28-8/1/2021. Any tickets purchased for this season will be honored in 2021 OR you can contact Gene Bavis for a refund. We are currently looking into a one or two day weekend event in September, 2020 with local bands. Stand by for news!

  • 06/15/2020 10:01 PM | Anonymous

    Our WCS Committee will meet on June 29 in order to finalize plans for a potential Wayne County SCOPE members meeting on July 8. 

    I expect today that the meeting will be held unless the state rescinds it’s most recent “reopening” step. Yes, the number of cases of COVID-19 have increased. But this is due to the increased number of people being tested. 

    The key, as I see it, is the number of new hospitalizations. These have not increased proportionally with the increased number of new cases. Many were concerned because Arizona had over 1600 new cases recently. However, only one(1) new hospitalization occurred. 

    Let’s hope the increased protests do not put us back at square one. Hope to see you July 8 at the Marion Legion. We will send a notice one way or the other. 


  • 06/01/2020 4:34 PM | Anonymous

    The divide amendment has been gaining co-sponsors. See if your NYS Senator or Assembly member on the co-sponsor list below. 

    If either of your two legislators are NOT on this list of co-sponsors of A05498 - S5416 a NYS constitutional amendment to divide the State into three autonomous regions. Please contact them: 
    NYS Senate (not federal) Sponsor Ortt; Co-sponsors Borrello, Helming, Jordan, O'Mara, Ranzenhofer, Seward. 
    Assembly Sponsor DiPietro; Co-sponsors Salka, Lawrence, Crouch, Palmesano, Tague, Norris, Manktelow; Mlt-sponsors Byrnes, Hawley, Kolb.

    If your NYS Senator is NOT on list. Please ask your Senator to co-sponsor the Senate bill S5416 in the NYS Senate; you can use this link to find the office phone numbers of your Senator by scrolling down and clicking on their picture followed by clicking on contact or clicking on the "Find your Senator" button and then enter your information.

    Also if your NYS Assembly member is NOT on the above list. Please ask your Assembly member to co-sponsor the Assembly bill A05498 in the NYS Assembly; you can use this link to find the office phone numbers of your Assembly(wo)man by scrolling down and finding their name or clicking on "Search by Address" button and entering your address.

    If you have to leave a message. Please leave your request that he/she co-sponsor A05498/S5416 and request for a written reply to your address in your message.

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