The Orange County Sheriff’s department has now taken control over all Handgun Safety classes.

    In 2014 the Orange County Sheriff’s Department started offering a three hour “safety course” of their own design and the Undersheriff is now in charge of deciding who else is allowed to be instructors. The Sheriff department’s “approved instructors” are allowed to give a class but they must use the PowerPoint lesson plan that the Sheriff’s department created without any changes and they must issue a Sheriff’s department approves “Safety Class” certificate. THIS IS NOT AN NRA CLASS.
After January 1, 2015 all safety classes given for pistol applications in Orange County must comply with all of the new requirements that the Undersheriff has created.  Only approved Orange County Sheriff’s Department “Safety Class” certificates will be accepted when applying for a pistol license in Orange County.
Because I object to the new system and how it was implemented and submitted a 6 page letter outlining my concerns to the Safety Committee of the Orange County Legislature, the Undersheriff has decided that I am not a team player and will not be allowed to be an “approved instructor” so I will no longer be able to offer the class that I used to offer.
I contend that the Sheriff’s Department has no legal or moral authority to take over the list or even require a safety class for any pistol license applicant to be issued a handgun license.  The class that the Sheriff’s Department will not be accepted in any state that I know of, to meet the requirement of a safety class as part of getting an out of state license.  Normally only an NRA class or a class given by an instructor approved by that state are accepted to meet that state’s requirements so if you want to get a Florida license you will have to take an NRA class.
I will post links to the letter that I sent to the Safety Committee of the Orange County Legislature and minuets from the Committee meeting when they become available.
The Undersheriff has been very heavy handed in this.  When he had the original meeting with some of the Board Members of the Orange County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs and myself, he told us what he would do and when he would do it.  At a second meeting at the Sheriff’s Department he did agree that he would not regulate how much we could charge and people who lived in Ulster and Sullivan county could apply to be approved instructors in Orange County.  The Undersheriff has never published all of the rules and regulations even to the instructors who took his required class.

I will still offer NRA Pistol classes to people or groups who have a pistol license and want or need the NRA class.  Please email to set up a class or for more information.

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Big news on the FOIL request for number of registered “Assault Weapons”

I put in a Freedom of Information Act, or FOIL, to the NY State Police on June 19, 2013  to find out how many so called “assault weapons” had been registered as of that date.  I was denied that information, … Continue reading

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I am going Guest Host on WTBQ, Sat. 9/20/14

David Dirk is on assignment and has asked me to cover for him on Saturday, 9/20/14, while he is away.  The show, “Dirk’s Outdoors Radio Show” on WTBQ, is the only outdoor radio show in NY. WTBQ is a locally owned AM/FM station that is “Radio Worth Listening To”, and broadcasts a mix of local and national talk, news programs and music all night long!

You will have to tune in early to catch the show because it is on from 7 AM to 8 AM.  It is a call in show so if you want you can call in and ask a question.  (845-651-1110)  You can find WTBQ at 1110 AM and 93.5 FM dial or you can listen on the internet or go to their website and down their APP to your Cell or Tablet.  I listen using TUNEIN RADIO.

Upcoming events and other topics.  The recent Orange County Federation Dinner, hunting season, and The FLEA MARKETS AT SHAWANGUNK FISH AND GAME
37 Denman Rd., Middletown, NY 10940

New ATF Form 4473 you now have to say what race you are.


My first guest will be Dennis McConnell from the Westchester Retriver Club, Inc.  and member of the Board of Director of the Orange County Federation of Sportsmen’s clubs, Inc. and the Westchester Retriver Club. The Westchester Retriever Club hosts weekly retriever field training sessions for WRC members and their guests at Stewart State Forest, Newburgh.  Dennis is going to talk about what dog training and what field trials are and how you can get involved. Dennis and his wife have owned and trained golden retrievers for 25 years and he has been active members of WRC for close to 20 years. Dennis is a past president of WRC and the Garden State Golden Retriever Club, Inc. and they have focused on trying to encourage golden owners to keep the original “breed purpose” alive in goldens.

My second guest will be Tom King, President of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association and a member of the Board of Directors of the NRA.  We are going to talk about some of the hot topics from the recent BoD meetings and what’s going on in NY with the unSAFE act, the elections and other topics.

Listen in and catch the show and a big thanks to David Dirks for letting me guest host the show and to Frank Truatt and the WTBQ gang for having such a great radio station.

Post a comment if you want to ask questions.

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Washington DC CCW on Armed American Radio

Armed American Radio has great coverage of the Washington DC decision on 7/26/14, that requires DC to adopt a “shall issue” license and allow non residents to carry concealed in DC.  The Judge did issue a “stay” that delays the implementation of the decision for 90 days to give DC the time to appeal and to come up with new laws, rules and regulations.  The main point is that this is a summary judgement so that means that the judge said that the law banning CCW, no matter what level of review you use, is so unconstitutional on its face that a trial is not even needed.

AAR 7-27-2014 Hour 1
AAR 7-27-2014 Hour 2
AAR 7-27-2014 Hour 3

HUGE Victory in Washington, DC!  Alan Gottlieb from the Second Amendment Foundation joins me to discuss the latest court decision in our favor.  Dr. John Lott follows up Alan’s appearance with discussion of the case.  The Roundtable, fun as usual with David Codrea and the return of The Mad Ogre, George Hill, Grilling While Armed recipe and and Seanto!  Enjoy!

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Guillain-Barré, Miller Fisher Syndrome, my story.

I have taken all of the blog post off the blog about my experience with  Guillain-Barré, Miller Fisher Syndrome and I have made a page just for it at this link,  It is a little long at almost 6,000 words and not a great story but if you are looking up Guillain-Barré or Miller Fisher Syndrome this is some of what I went through.  If you have read it, please leave me a comment even if it is just to say that you read it.  I have seen many stories over the past few years and all I can say is I have not seen two that are the same other than the major symptom of paralysis and even the degree of paralysis can vary from person to person.  Recovery is the same with some people only needing a few months for an almost total recovery to those who never recover.  I don’t really think that everyone recovers 100% but some people come close but it might take a while.  A few constants have been everyone has a problem with fatigue, memory and mental focus but for how much and for how long is different for everyone.  I know that everyone would like this to be an illness like many others where you can predict with a high degree of certainty what will happen and what to do and what to expect.  This just ain’t that type of illness.

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WTBQ Sat. 7/26/2014 from 7am to 8 am. I will be the guest host.

I am going to be the guest host on “Dirk’s Outdoors Radio Show” with David Dirks on WTBQ, , this Saturday.  If you go on the WTBQ website you will find the link to the streaming audio.

My guest will be:

John Wydner, President, Hunter Safety System, to talk about safety when hunting from a tree stand, platform or climbing stand and other high locations.


Randy Wood Vice President of Sales: TenPoint Crossbow Technologies, to talk about crossbows, what to look for, what you get and safety.

Crossbow Safety: North American Crossbow Federation has some great information for those just starting.

I will also be talking about the new DEC regulations and other stuff. It is illegal to discharge a firearm, longbow or crossbow:

  • so that the load or arrow passes over any part of a public highway,
  • within 500 feet (for a firearm), 250 feet (for a crossbow) or 150 feet (for a longbow) of any school, playground, or an occupied factory or church,
  • within 500 feet (for a firearm), 250 feet (for a crossbow) or 150 feet (for a longbow) of a dwelling, farm building or structure in occupation or use unless you own it, lease it, are an immediate member of the family, an employee, or have the owner’s consent.
  • You may hunt waterfowl with a firearm or longbow, over water, within 500 feet of a dwelling or public structure as long as neither are within 500 feet (for a firearm) or 150 feet (for a longbow) in the direction you are shooting. You may not hunt waterfowl with a crossbow.

Dwelling houses — a permanent place where people live and sleep. Excluded are temporary residential units including camping trailers, motor homes or other portable shelters. Also excluded are abandoned dwellings, detached garages, tree houses, “playscapes”, decks, pool areas, storage sheds and out-buildings – even when/if they are temporarily occupied. A permanent camp or cabin may qualify as a “dwelling house”.

NY DEC Crossbow regulations:


  • Crossbows may not be used in any season until DEC has adopted regulations specifying how and when they may be used. Crossbows may be used to take unprotected wildlife at any time.
  • Crossbows may not be used for hunting any wildlife in Suffolk, Nassau, or Westchester counties.
  • Crossbows may be used only by licensees who are 14 years of age or older.
  • Without landowner permission, crossbows may not be discharged within 250 feet of any home, school building or playground, public structure, farm structure in use, or occupied factory or church.
  • A crossbow may not be possessed in or on a motor vehicle unless it is un-cocked.
  • While on lands inhabited by deer or bear, and in or on a motor vehicle using artificial lights, a crossbow may not be possessed unless it is unstrung or taken down or securely fastened in a case or locked in the trunk of the vehicle.
  • A module on crossbow safety will be incorporated in all Standard Hunter Education courses offered by DEC after April 1, 2014.
  • Anyone hunting with a crossbow must have:
    1. completed a Standard Hunter Education course offered by DEC on or after April 1, 2014; OR
    2. completed a DEC-approved on-line or other training program (e.g., material provided on the annual hunting guide). Hunters must carry a signed self-certification in the field when hunting with a crossbow as proof of compliance.
  • Crossbows may not be used to take carp or any other fish species.

Crossbow Specifications

  • A legal crossbow consists of a bow and string, either compound or recurve, that launches a minimum 14-inch bolt or arrow, not including point, mounted upon a stock with a trigger that holds the string and limbs under tension until released.
  • The trigger unit of such crossbow must have a working safety.
  • The minimum limb width of such crossbow shall be 17 inches (outer tip of limbs, un-cocked), have a minimum peak draw weight of 100 pounds and a maximum peak draw weight of 200 pounds.
  • The minimum overall length of such crossbow from butt-stock to front of limbs shall be 24 inches.

Big Game

  • Crossbows may not be used to take deer or bear in WMU 4J in Albany County, WMU 8C in Monroe County, or any part of Suffolk, Nassau or Westchester counties.
  • The new law essentially treats crossbows as a muzzleloader. Hunters must possess a muzzleloader hunting privilege to legally hunt with a crossbow during any muzzleloader season OR during open portions of the early bowhunting seasons. Muzzleloader privilege is not required when hunting with a crossbow during the early bear season or the regular firearms seasons.
  • Crossbows may be used to take bear during the early bear season, early muzzleloader season in the Northern Zone, regular firearms seasons in the Northern and Southern Zones, and the late muzzleloader season in the Southern Zone.
  • Crossbows may be used to take deer during:
    • early and late muzzleloader season in the Northern Zone and late muzzleloader season in the Southern Zone using Bow/Muzz tags, DMPs, DMAP tags, or an unfilled Regular Big Game tag (late season only);
    • regular firearms seasons using a Regular Big Game tag, DMPs, or DMAP tags.
  • Crossbows may also be used to take deer or bear during limited portions of bowhunting seasons as follows, provided that the hunter possesses the muzzleloading privilege:
    • During the last 14 days of the early bowhunting season in the Southern Zone (i.e., November 1 – November 14, 2014);
    • During the last 10 days of the early bowhunting season in the Northern Zone (i.e., October 15 – October 24; this includes the 7-day early muzzleloader season in the Northern Zone);
    • Only Bow/Muzz tags, DMPs or DMAPs may be use during these times.
  • Junior big game hunters (age 14-15) may not use a crossbow to take a deer during the Youth Deer Hunt weekend (October 11 – 13, 2014). Adult mentors who accompany a junior big game hunter on the Youth Deer Hunt weekend may not possess a crossbow (or firearm) while afield on those days.

Small Game

  • Wild turkey – crossbows may not be used to take wild turkey during the 2014 spring season, but DEC is aiming to adopt regulations allowing use of crossbows for hunting wild turkey by fall 2014 and all subsequent spring and fall seasons.
  • Crossbows may not be used to take waterfowl or other migratory game birds.
  • Crossbows may not be possessed afield in the Northern Zone when hunting small game (except coyotes) with the aid of a dog or when accompanied by a dog.
  • Crossbows may be used to take any other small game or upland game birds during their respective open seasons (once regulations are adopted), or to take unprotected wildlife (e.g., red squirrels and woodchucks) at anytime.
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I am going to guest host on WTBQ, Sat. 7/12/14 from 7am to 8 am

David Dirks is busy this Sat. and has asked me to guest host for the day.

“Dirk’s Outdoors Radio Show” with David Dirks

This is the information on the radio station. This is the website:

You can listen to the show on the internet or on your cell phone using Tune In Radio:

I am had 2 guest:

Richard Rose, Orange County Commissioner of Parks, to talk about fishing in Orange County Parks.

Steve Piatt, editor of NY Outdoor News

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Chicago must pay legal fees in gun store lawsuit

[Alan Gura, the winning attorney, has a great explanation on what the charges are, why they are justified and what the losers are trying to pull over at his Blog: Lisa Madigan Doesn’t Want You to Tip]

From Daily Chronicle
By DON BABWIN – The Associated Press

CHICAGO – Chicago lost its legal battle to keep gun stores out of the city, and now it must pick up the tab for nearly $1 million in legal fees that the winners spent on the case.

U.S. District Judge Edward E. Chang said in a one-page ruling Thursday that he found fees associated with the lawsuit filed in 2010 by the Illinois Association of Firearms Retailers “reasonable.” Chang, who in January declared Chicago’s decades-old ban on gun stores unconstitutional, ordered the city to pay attorneys’ fees and costs totaling $940,000.

The order is the latest chapter in the city’s long-running battle to keep guns out of its residents’ hands, after a U.S. Supreme Court decision rendered the city’s decades-old ban on handguns unenforceable and a federal judge’s decision declared the state’s last-in-the nation ban on concealed weapons unconstitutional.

The ruling comes just days after the City Council, forced by Chang to allow gun sales in the city, approved an ordinance that dramatically limits where those stores can open and includes various provisions, including the requirement that gun stores videotape all gun sales. Gun rights advocates have criticized the ordinance, saying it is so restrictive that it amounts to little more than a continuation of the city’s ban on gun stores and that it could prompt more legal action.

Meanwhile, one of the attorneys involved in the case has submitted $618,000 bill for work he and other attorneys did in a gun-rights lawsuit against Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan by a woman and the Illinois State Rifle Association over the state’s then-ban on concealed weapons. The Chicago Sun-Times reported Friday that Madigan is challenging the bill because while the state’s ban was unconstitutional, a judge never officially ruled in favor of the woman. Madigan’s office also argues that the fees are “excessive.”

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6/5/15 , Cabela’s Announces Plans for Three New Stores, (Including Woodbury,NY)

Cabela is coming to Orange County BUT IT IS NOT A DONE DEAL YET.  They announced they had a location in Newburg and that never happened.  CLICK HERE FOR FULL PRESS RELEASE
From their Press Release:

Construction on the 90,000-square-foot store is scheduled to begin in spring 2015 and Cabela’s expects to open the location in spring 2016. It will be Cabela’s second store in New York, joining the 88,000-square-foot Cheektowaga location scheduled to open this fall.

The store is expected to employ approximately 170 full-time and part-time employees, most from Woodbury and the surrounding area. It will be located adjacent to the Woodbury Common Premium Outlets near the intersection of Highway 6 and 17 at Averill Avenue.

“Woodbury will be a great location for Cabela’s and our customers in the Northeast,” Millner said. “We’re thrilled to announce a second store in New York and can’t wait to serve our customers in the area.”

The building’s exterior will reflect Cabela’s popular store model with log construction, stonework, wood siding and metal roofing. A large glass storefront will allow customers to view much of the store’s interior as they approach the building. The interior will be built in Cabela’s next-generation layout and include a large mountain replica, wildlife displays, indoor archery range and archery tech room, deli, Gun Library, Bargain Cave and Fudge Shop.

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Author’s Talk: “The Gun Debate” at Cooper Union’s Rose Auditorium, 5/8/14

Thanks to Lewis, who gave me a heads up, I took the train into NYC  to attend the event at the Frederick P. Rose Auditorium.  “Economist Philip J. Cook and political scientist Kristin A. Goss discuss the issues, slogans and ideology central to our national dialogue on gun control, covered in their book, THE GUN DEBATE: What Everyone Needs to Know.” I counted only 22 people in the audience and that had to include a few people who were part of Cooper Union or were with Cook or Goss.

What everyone needed to know is that Cook and Gross are for gun control with their biggest point being the number of suicides with guns being high in the US.  As most pro-rights people know, this is just more of the same old – same old.  The US list as #33 for suicide rates on, with Greenland being #1.  In Greenland suicide numbers show that in one year 46% were done by hanging and only 37% were done with shooting even though Greenland has most of the gun control laws that many seek. Greenland also has an almost double the rate per 100,000 homicide rate of the US but with a much smaller population the total homicide numbers are very low.  Japan, with it’s almost total gun ban, is rated #10 with suicide by hanging leading the way, (Does Japan need rope & string control and registration?) and where suicide by train is popular but unpopular with those on the train who are late to work. “However, suicide by train persists despite a common policy among life insurance companies to deny payment to the beneficiary in the event of suicide by train (payment is usually made in the event of most other forms of suicide). Suicides involving the high-speed bullet-train, or Shinkansen are extremely rare, as the tracks are usually inaccessible to the public … and legislation mandates additional fines against the suicide victim’s family and next-of-kin.”  I would guess death by train is just a efficient as death by firearm, one of the main arguments for even more gun control being the efficiency of committing suicide using a gun.

While Cook and Goss are for gun control, just look at some of the books they have written, they were fair in some ways.  They did not cut me off and they allowed me to finish what I was saying.  They also acknowledged some of the points that I made that were correct and corrected some of the people in the audience.  A woman behind me asked the “NRA being funded by gun companies” question and Gross pointed out the fact that the “gun companies” are not really that big and while the “gun companies” do give money to the NRA, the “gun companies” are not the NRA’s major funders.  (I did bring up NSSF as the “gun company’s” group.) They also acknowledged that the pro-rights people are much more motivated than the anti-rights people are and money, in the form of Bloomburg’s $50 million, will not change things as much as the anti-rights people want.  (It is not like Bloomburg’s money is something new and he has not already spent $50 million on MAIG and other groups and people that he has supported in the past.)

All in all, Cook and Gross were much fairer that I expected or normally encounter with anti-rights people however they still ignore the obvious, the best example being the first question asked by one of the 22 people who attended.  The question; “In gun related deaths and injuries, how do you separate  ‘good shootings’ from ‘criminal shootings’?”  Gross’s answer was the normal, we don’t know and can’t tell.  So, from the anti-rights point of view, a police office shooting and killing a criminal who is shooting at the officer is the same as a criminal shooting and killing a police officer because a gun was used.  Following their logic, it is some how be better if the police officer is killed by stabbing but bad if the police officer shoots and kills the person stabbing the police officer.

Some of the other points:

  • Just because Pres. Obama has not passed gun control including bans and restrictions, it is not like Pres. Obama does not want to and some states have passed gun control measures.  This is, in part, why more people are buying guns before more or new gun control measures are passed on a federal, state or local level.  See: NOW IS THE TIME: The President’s plan to protect our children and our communities by reducing gun violence.
  • Many people are buying guns because 42 states now have “Shall Issue CCW” or don’t require a license to concealed carry and most of those states don’t require anything other than the normal NICS check to buy and own a handgun.  We have no states that don’t have CCW on the books but only 8 states have the “May Issue” type though in some of those states one of the requirements to get a CCW is the ability to walk on water.
  • Gross and Cook don’t give enough credit to state and local groups and gun clubs for getting pro-rights laws passed and anti-rights laws and politicians defeated.  You cannot give all of the credit to the NRA as big as it is.  It is the local “feet on the ground” that are responsible for most of what happens with the NRA ILA’s major contribution being to make the average NRA member aware of what is going on and voting records using NRA News, NRA magazines, emails, postcards and other direct methods.  The NRA also does more than anyone else to educate people about gun safety through the 115,000 NRA Instructors and that effort is responsible for much of the reduction of injury from gun accidents.
  • Bloomburg, Soros and others have been giving $10s of millions for years and most press supports all gun control laws and most reportes don’t know anything about guns.  Anyone who wants to can find many examples of the press using “machine guns” or “automatic guns” instead of Assault Rifle or showing a picture or video of a machine gun shooting while talking about banning Assault Weapons when the guns they are talking about are the standard semi-auto guns.  NY State now even includes handguns used to shoot in the Olympics as Assault Weapon under the new NYSAFE definition.
  • Gross totally dismissed John Lott’s More guns, less crime book.  If you believe in gun control you dismiss the book.  At worse, the data shows that having a CCW law is netural while the fact that all of those new CCW laws and new CCW gun owners along with the reduction in the crime rate would argue the fact that more guns have some positive impact.
  • Weak gun laws in some states provide guns for the high crime rate areas that have strict gun control.   This ignores the fact that it is the criminals in high crime states that are exporting crime from the states that have so called “weak” gun laws but also have lower gun crime.  Gun dealers in “weak gun law states” are not teleporting guns to the so called “strong gun law states.”  No, it is the criminal that will buy a gun illegally in one state and transport that gun illegally into another state.  It also does not explain the crime guns that are from the same state or from a state that has strict gun control laws. (I guess that the reason that NYC, DC, and Chicago are having such a big heroin problem is because of the weak heroin laws in other states.)
  • The 2007 repeal of a Missouri law that required background checks and licenses for all handgun owners appeared to be associated with a significant increase in murders there.  The study, paid for by Bloomburg, from the anti-gun Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, cherry picked the year and the state to support their conclusion.  (While Bloomburg should be commended for the $1.1 Billion plus he has given to John Hopkins, does anyone really think that any report or study from John Hopkins will be fair and honest?)
  • Cook did take a question about “smart guns” and correctly said that one of the problems was the NJ law that will require all guns have the “smart gun” technology 3 years after a gun with the technology is sold in the US.  I brought up the fact it was my understanding that the gun cost $1,400, (correction, not $1,800,) and the watch $399, (correction, not $1,400,) also that the gun had a 10% failure rate and was only available in 22 cal. and that is not really a self defense caliber. (Shout out to Bloomburg, why not show the way and announce that your body guards are only going to be caring the new smart gun?)
  • Cook stated that gun ownership had gone from about 50% of the population to 35% of the population.  I say that no one knows what the number is.  In the past when our rights were not being attacked, people had less of a reason to lie when they answered that poll question.  That is not the case now.  For example look at Connecticut.  Before the new AW registration was passed it was estimated that gun owners in Connecticut owned 350,000 or more so called Assault Weapons however only about 50,000 guns were registered by the deadline.  Does this mean that the estimates were wrong or that all of those people who said that they would not register their guns were telling the truth and now their are hundreds of thousands of new criminals and 300,000 or more “illegal” guns in CT? If someone took a telephone poll in Connecticut and asked people if they owned guns, who thinks that any one with an unregistered “Assault Weapon” would say, yes they own guns.  Based on the numbers in Orange County NY, the number of brand new handgun owners have increased from the average of 435 new handgun owners a year to 1,735 new handgun owners in 2013.  Almost a four fold increase.  That number represent brand new handgun owners who have never owned any handgun.
  • Georgia was ridiculed because of Georgia’s new so called “guns everywhere” law especially because it allows guns where alcohol is served.  That ignores the fact that almost all states that have laws require that if you have a gun on you, you are not allowed to drink at all.  I only know of one state that allows you to have a gun and go to a bar and get drunk, can you guess the state?  Why NY, land of gun control, of course and we have never had a problem in NY that anyone can point to.

I had fun and enjoyed the ride on the train.  I got the senior discount so the ride in and back only cost me about $20 both ways with parking.  Goss and Cook came all the way from Duke U but Oxford University Press picked up the tab.   They did get extra points from me for not cutting me off and letting me ask more than my fair share of questions and for putting up with me interrupting them several times.  I don’t think that they would have put up with the interrupting except I was making some very valid points.

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