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County Federation of Sportsmens Clubs to have
Stewart Forest has officially grown
Early in 2005, the Pistol License Department
started charging $5 per gun per when you put in an amendment. Unfortunately,
this change does not comply to NY law that only allows the counties to
charge $3 per amendment. Several other counties have also raised
their fees so people started looking at it because the NY Penal Law Section
400 section 14 seems quite clear: "... for each amendment
thereto, three dollars, ... "
NY CITY COUNCIL PASSES GUN LEGISLATION PACKAGE
|NOTE: The new law contains the following provision: When
used in this subdivision, the term “deceptively colored
firearm, rifle, shotgun, or assault weapon” shall include
any firearm, rifle, shotgun, or assault weapon any substantial
portion of whose exterior surface is colored any color other than
black, dark grey, dark green, silver, steel, or nickel, except
as provided in subparagraph (iii) of this paragraph. For purposes
of this subparagraph, the exterior surface of either the receiver
or the slide of a firearm shall be deemed to constitute a substantial
portion of the exterior surface of the firearm. It
would appear that this ban will also ban camouflaged guns.
“The Council is dedicated to keeping
New York the safest big city in America,” said Council Speaker Christine
C. Quinn. “But the grave reality is that the problems of gun violence
and illegal weapons, which go hand and hand, continue to pervade our streets.
By passing this comprehensive legislation, the Council and the Mayor are
taking first steps to prevent illegal firearms from making their way to
the streets of New York and into the hands of unlicensed carriers.”
“We can protect all New Yorkers from gun violence if we take common-sense steps to keep illegal guns off the streets and out of the hands of criminals,” stated Public Safety Committee Chair Peter Vallone Jr. “In order for law-abiding citizens to own a gun legally, we need to crack
NEW YORK — It's one way to assure order in the court.
The New York state Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics has ruled that it is permissible for judges to pack a pistol beneath their robes while on the bench.
"From an ethical standpoint, there is no prohibition ... barring you from carrying a firearm while performing your duties on the bench," the committee said in a decision published in this week's New York Law Journal.
Judges would have to comply with existing laws to bring a gun into court.
The committee was asked by one of the state's 3,400 judges whether it was "ethically permissible" to carry a pistol into the courtroom. And though it ruled in favor of pistol-packing jurists, the committee warned that judges must "be patient, dignified and courteous" to those appearing before the bench and behave in "a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary."
How to achieve that while armed?
This is in response to your inquiry
(06-51) in which you ask whether it is ethically permissible for
you to carry a pistol while you are on the bench.
On May 2nd, 2006, the FBI ended NY's exemption from requiring that NICS Checks be done with people who had a handgun license less than 5 years old or who had had their NICS Check upgraded. My May 2006 Newsletter article, NY Handgun License Holders no longer exempt from NICS check, explained what we knew at that time. I sent a letter and called the FBI to find out why they ended New York's exemption. I just got the following letter dated June 23rd, 2006 from the US Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
This is in response to your
letter sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), National
Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). NICS is not the
organization that removed New York ' s exemption to NICS for permit
holders and neither did they send out the Open Letter, rather both
were done by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
(A TF). The FBI NICS forwarded your letter to ATF for response.
uses gun to end attacks with knife
Gun Dealer Fires Suit at NYC Mayor
Senate votes to bar emergency gun confiscation
|Don't worry, Hillary and UpChuck Schumer voted against the bill. Sen. John Kerry actually voted against the bill and then changed his vote to for the bill after he saw how bad the bill was going to loose. This is the first "pro-gun" bill that Sen. Kerry has voted for while in office.|
Many times in the past I have told you
that when gun ownership goes up and right to carry laws gets passed, then
crime goes down. Well, this last year was proof in the pudding, so to
speak. Last year Americans purchased 4.7 million new firearms. 40 states
have now adopted right to carry laws for their citizens. This year looks
like it will even be a better year for purchase of new firearms.
The greatest increase in firearms purchase last year was handguns which went up 3%. Long guns sales were up 1.8%. Ammunition sales were up 3.5%. I am told by the different wholesale people I now deal with from the firearms store that these numbers will be higher this year. Many of the manufacturers like Taurus are way behind on orders, with some several months behind.
Those who push gun control tell us that crime goes up and suicide goes up with more firearms ownership. This was not the case last year. Gun crime, suicides and firearms related accidents declined last year. According to the FBI, there were 339,280 firearms crimes reported in 2005, which is down 2.4% from 2004 and 7% from 1998. The Center for Disease Control reported that firearm suicides were down 1.1%, to a reported 16,907, and they have declined 1.8% since 1998. The National Safety Council said, accidental firearms fatalities, which tied the 2004 figure at an all-time low of 700. That is down 19.2% since 1998.
I inform you of this because I just read a report from the Chief of Police in Washington DC has declared a “crime emergency” in that city. This was in response to a sharp increase in crimes citywide in recent weeks. They had fourteen homicides in the first 12 days of July. A 16% increase in robberies and a 14% rise in serious assaults over the past 30 days.
This is all taking place in our nation's capitol, which has the strongest anti-gun control laws in the nation. No one can own a handgun in that city. This should tell us all something about what the results of strong gun control laws do to the honest citizen. It makes you a victim of the criminal, leaving us with no way to protect ourselves.
It also points out that the training and efforts put out by organizations like the National Rifle Association are having a dramatic effect on accidents with firearms, and responsible use of our legally-owned firearms -- something our schools and government have put on the back burner.
My experience in the firearms store, is more people are asking for training with the purchase of a new, first-time firearm. They want the training and wish to be responsible in the use of the new purchase. This is where government and organizations can come together and do something very important for all of the citizens by providing a facility where this training can take place -- again pointing out the importance of the new gun range planned for the citizens of Coos County.
I said it before and I say it again, “an armed society is a polite society.” It is also incumbent upon all of us to make sure young and old alike have a safe place to learn and practice with their firearms. Please stop by Bay Area Firearms and sign the informal petition in support of the new range. It may save someone’s life and help stop crime.
God bless America and God bless our troops still in harm's way.
Michael E. Cook, Coos County Sheriff, Retired, Manager Bay Area Firearms
What kind of President will Hillary Clinton
make? Giving her ethical failings, I realize this is a disturbing thought,
but we must consider it as Senator Clinton remains the odds-on favorite
to win the Democratic nomination for president in 2008.
The way I figure it, with the Clintons, past is prologue. Bill Clinton's unfinished illicit business as president will be Hillary's to take up if elected. That's why Judicial Watch's investigations team has been inspecting the newly released Clinton Presidential Library records.
(We don't endorse or oppose candidates, but it is part of educational and corruption-fighting mission to see the Clintons held accountable.)
Recently, our investigations team uncovered documents that provide some interesting, and troubling, details about the Clintons' plan to destroy the gun industry, a la "Big Tobacco." Here's just a sample of what we discovered:
Among the "good ideas" -- denying gun manufacturers the right
to sell guns to the military and law enforcement unless they sign an anti-gun
"code of conduct" that would cripple the industry.
Clinton and the anti-gun rights crowd used this extortive litigation strategy to strong-arm gun manufacturer Smith and Wesson into adopting some of their policies. President Bush put an end to the federal abuse of the gun industry in 2000. Will a "President Hillary" revert back to government extortion of the gun industry?
(Tom Fitton is the President of Judicial Watch , Inc., a conservative, non-partisan educational foundation, promotes transparency, accountability and integrity in government, politics and the law.)
Thanks to the National Rifle Association and other pro-gun rights groups around the world, the UN’s five-year effort to essentially establish a global gun control scheme has gone nowhere. The UN Small Arms Conference ended Friday, July 7, with no “formal conclusions or recommendations.” According to the NRA’s report on the conference,
No recommendations on ammunition,
civilian possession or future UN meetings, or for that matter any other
subjects, were adopted. The failure of this five-year program to impact
the legitimate firearms industry, and the 2nd Amendment rights of U.S.
citizens was total.
But as the report notes, anti-gun NGOs and other liberal groups plan on coming back before the UN General Assembly this fall peddling more of the same dreck.
We must be ever vigilant when it comes to our freedoms.
provided extensive coverage of the UN Conference on Small Arms Control
and has the Internal
IANSA Talking Points Memo for UN Conference on Small Arms Control
and has several Flash files including including US Under Secretary
Robert Joseph's speech to the UN.
Go to NRANEWS.COM then click on Archived Materal/Browse Archives/UN Small Arms Summit
The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in
Hartford, CT is going to have a special exhibit in September thanks
to the Melinda and Paul Sullivan Foundation for the Decorative Arts. Hartford,
CT is about 2 1/2 hours away from Orange County so it is a good time to
shock your family and offer to take them to a Museum.
Thanks to the generosity of longtime Hartford philanthropists Melinda and Paul Sullivan through the Melinda and Paul Sullivan Foundation for the Decorative Arts, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art's exhibition Samuel Colt: Arms, Art, and Invention is back on the Museum's 2006 exhibition schedule. Director Willard Holmes made the announcement three weeks after the Museum postponed the exhibition for lack of funding. The exhibition, which was to have opened May 5, will now open Wednesday, September 20, 2006.
Samuel Colt: Arms, Art, and Invention, and its accompanying book from Yale University Press, mark the first initiative to fully document the unique Colt firearms collections held by the Wadsworth Atheneum. Constituting what Director Willard Holmes has called "the American equivalent of the great arms and armor collections in Europe," the majority of these rare firearms-prototypes and examples of his manufactured revolvers, pistols, and rifles-were in Samuel Colt's armory office at his death in 1862. Others represent the models in production at his death and were acquired by his widow, Elizabeth Hart Jarvis Colt, in 1862-1863.
|Arms designed by Samuel Colt (1814-1862) are immediately identifiable by their artistic design—simplicity of form, elegant line, and eye-catching finishes meant to reflect light and attract customers. This exhibition offers a complete picture of the inventor's manufacturing and marketing triumphs. It draws upon Colt's personal collection of arms that was in his office at his death in 1862, now divided between the Wadsworth Atheneum and the Museum of Connecticut History. Colt amassed not only his own prototypes and models, but also examples of earlier arms, copy infringements, and counterfeits. In counterpoint are examples acquired by his widow of the Colt models in production at his death.|