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Anti-Gun NY SAFE Act Costs Empire State Another 122 Jobs

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H/T Bearing Arms.

It is time for Remington to tell Little Andy Cuomo to stick the state of New York and his NY UnSafe Act up his ass and leave to a gun friendly state.

 

Remington Arms is laying off another 122 workers at it’s historic Ilion, NY factory, and New York only has its anti-liberty Democrat Party to blame.

Remington Arms Co. has laid off 122 workers at its Ilion plant due to slowing sales.

“The small arms industry is facing significant near-term challenges related to slowing order velocity and high channel inventories; a dynamic from which Remington is not immune,” said a statement from Jessica Kallam, Remington’s manager of media relations and public affairs. “After exploring all the options available to us, we are compelled to reduce our work force by releasing 122 team members today at our Ilion, N.Y. site. As we move forward, we will continue to monitor all segments of the business for growth opportunities.”

The layoffs include about 110 members of the United Mine Workers of America Local 717, said union spokesman Phil Smith.

Prior to Wednesday’s layoffs, Remington’s Ilion plant employed about 1,100. The company also laid off 231 Ilion workers in August and November of 2014, some of them due to the consolidation of plants at a new facility in Huntsville, Alabama.

“We depend heavily on Remington for our economic well-being here in the Mohawk Valley,” said state Assemblyman Marc Butler, R-Newport. “However, they assured me this is a decision driven by market forces and it has no reflection on the overarching changes at Remington.”

While Remington is publicly stating that “market forces” are to blame for the layoffs, the fact remains that Remington has been cutting workers in New York while adding them in gun-friendly states since Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his Democrat allies rammed through a poorly-written and blatantly unconstitutional NY SAFE Act gun control package in early 2013 without even giving legislators time to read the law. While Remington has laid off workers in New York since the NY SAFE Act passed, it has built new facilities and hired hundreds of workers in other states where the Constitution—including the Second Amendment—is still honored.

Numerous gun companies have left the state after the absurd law was rammed down the throats of New Yorkers in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, and the industry steadily moved jobs south and west as a result.

Remington has been manufacturing firearms in Ilion for 201 years, a record of continuous manufacture in the same factory longer than that of any company in the United States in any line of work.

Thanks to the knee-jerk “we gotta do something!” New York Democrats, that history is threatened.

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New York Gun Grabbers Got The SAFE Act – Now They Want More

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This is from Freedom OutPost.

Will this be the tipping point for the people of New York or will they follow like sheep to the slaughter?

 

In 2013, New York passed the SAFE Act and Governor Andrew Cuomo signed it into law, even though it was a clear violation of the rights of the people. Now gun grabbers are back for more. Never satisfied, the state legislature is now eyeing more infringements upon the people’s rights.

Democrats Michelle Schmiel, Brian Kavanagh, Amy Paulin and Patrica Fahy took the time to speak to students about further gun control measures.

The Times Union reports:

Some of the proposals, such as a plan to mandate microstamping, which would put etched identifiers in shell casings, have been around for a while. Others, such as proposal put forth by Kavanagh and Democratic Sen. Daniel Squadron to treat .50 caliber guns as assault weapons, have recently been offered up but haven’t gotten out of committee in the Senate.

A proposal that would require gun owners to secure their weapons when children are around has been dubbed Nicholas’ law for Nicholas Naumkin of Saratoga Springs. The 12-year-old boy was shot and killed in December 2010 by a friend who was playing with his father’s unlocked gun.

Also being proposed is a law that would mandate inspections of gun dealers by State Police to supplement what Paulin, a Westchester Democrat, said are infrequent inspections by the federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Now, understand that New York still has an incredible about of criminals who use guns unlawfully. Exhibit A of just how pitiful and ineffective the NY SAFE Act is, can be seen in the murder of two police officers by a Muslim jihadist back in December. But then silly Democrats claim that measures such as their gun control “laws” actually will prevent such crimes. They never do.

First, let’s take the issue of microstamping. Ruger was forced out of California for their ridiculous microstamping law. Other states were looking at losing gun manufacturers over microstamping, including New York and Connecticut.

Bob Owens at Bearing Arms reports on the problems with microstamping. He lists six issues:

 

  • Microstamping is not commercially viable. No manufacturing technology currently exists to impart these incredibly small unique codes on firearms.
  • Microstamping is easily defeated. These unique microcodes are easily obliterated by several passes with a metal file, or by swapping out inexpensive parts.
  • Microstamping is inconsistent. Variables in firearms and ammunition design keep codes from consistently being imprinted even in sterile, carefully controlled laboratory conditions.
  • Microstamping cannot survive the environment. Any amount of training or normal fouling accumulation in the action of the firearm can render the code unreadable.
  • Microstamping is fragile. Microstamping wears away easily, in just hundreds or thousands of rounds.
  • Microstamping is easily “spoofed.” Shell cases collected at firing ranges from microstamped guns can easily be salted at crime scenes, sending law enforcement on wild goose chases.

There are other issues from some of the proposals. Simply labeling a gun an “assault weapon,” does not make it so. If you buy into this kind of mentality, then what are you going to do when they’ve made their way down the path of referring to your Remington 30.06 as a “sniper rifle”? It will be too late. You will have already bought into that mentality and probably passed it on to your kids, who will easily fork it over to the Nanny State and once and for all be a slave to tyranny.

The .50 BMG rifles are not assault rifles any more than an Ar-15 or AK-47 is. It’s propaganda to sell the agenda, nothing more. At least Serbu Firearms took a stand after the SAFE Act was passed and refused to sell the New York Police Department their .50 Caliber rifles.

As for the ATF, well I’ve already written on that agency. They are simply unconstitutional. They should be defunded and eliminated from the bureaucracy of the federal government.

The firestorm that the NY SAFE Act brought forth resulted in the burning of gun registration forms by patriots, a veteran making a rousing speech claiming he had earned his rights in blood and those rights trumped anyone that is killed with a gun, as well as gun maker Kahr Arms leaving the state.

Not only that, but even New York sheriffs joined lawsuit opposing the NY SAFE Act. Clearly, this was not something the people wanted, but gun grabbers don’t care. They ram it through anyway.

What do you think patriots in New York will do if these people keep pushing them and infringing upon their rights while they are still armed? My guess is that I wouldn’t want to be the one on the enforcement end of any of their pretended legislation.
Read more at http://freedomoutpost.com/2015/05/new-york-gun-grabbers-got-the-safe-act-now-they-want-more/#Tt5WF8q2Q2KpLMeV.99

NY Firearms Buyback Nets Broken BB Guns

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This is from The D.C. Clothesline.

Free Enterprise in action.

People get a fair price for their firearms other people can later buy the firearms for personal use.

You know those Red Ryder BB guns could cause you to shoot your eye out.   

 

Program a complete flop after being protested by Second Amendment activists

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A New York gun buyback scheme promoted by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman turned into a complete flop after it was protested by Second Amendment activists and netted just 30 firearms in total, some of which were broken BB guns.

Despite Schneiderman best efforts to push the initiative, the program, which offered pre-paid credit cards in return for unwanted or unlicensed firearms with no questions asked, was upstaged by gun advocates.

Residents were told they could turn in their firearms, which would then be destroyed, at VFW Post 478 in Binghamton on Saturday.

However, Second Amendment activists were on scene to inform residents that they could instead sell their guns to a licensed FFL dealer in return for fair value cash and that the weapons would remain in circulation.

“A gun buyback has resulted in the collection of 30 unused or unwanted shotguns, rifles and handguns,” reports the Pall Times.

The report fails to mention what those on the scene witnessed, which was that many of the firearms were in fact broken BB guns and other pellet guns, illustrating how the program is about disarming the general public rather than keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of criminals.

One individual who was working on behalf of the Attorney General seemed irate at the presence of the activists, who accused him of erroneously telling residents they first had to visit the VFW post before being allowed to see the FFL dealer. The man later dropped an f-bomb as he appeared to get into an argument with one of the activists.

The NY Safe Act was described by Governor Andrew Cuomo as the “toughest” gun control law in the United States, but was largely a failure after less than 10 per cent of residents obeyed by registering their assault-style weapons back in April.

Some Sheriffs publicly stated that they would not order their deputies to enforce the law, while Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb derided the Safe Act as “the worst piece of legislation I have seen in my 14 years as a member of the Assembly.”

Protesters against the measure marked the deadline by shredding their registration cards during a demonstration in upstate New York, arguing that the law merely creates a new class of criminals out of responsible gun owners.

The backlash against the NY Safe Act mirrors what happened in Connecticut, where residents were required by law to register high capacity magazines and assault rifles manufactured after 1994, yet just 13% of gun owners complied.

 

EMPIRE STATE REBELLION: Hundred of Thousands of New Yorkers Refuse To Register So-Called “Assault Weapons” Ahead Of April 15 Deadline

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This is from Bearing Arms.

It is refreshing to see New Yorker’s telling  Commissar Cuomo to go pound sound.

There may still be hope for the state of New York.

 

 

Due the tyrannical actions of Andrew Cuomo and his allies in the state legislature,  New York residents are required to register an estimated 1 million firearms designated as “assault weapons” under the NY SAFE Act by April 15.

Unfortunately for the Governor and his allies, it appears that the open revolt of most of the state’s law enforcement leaders against NY SAFE—who correctly view the law as a blatantly unconstitutional assault on the state constitution and the Second Amendment—means that noncompliance is overwhelming.

While NY State Police refuse to publicly share the number of firearms that have been registered (citing a provision of the NY SAFE Act itself), leaks purporting to be from within the agency suggest that compliance might be as low as just 3,000-5,000 firearms. There is no way to conclusively verify this paltry figure which suggests that 99.5% of New Yorkers are thumbing their noses at Albany, but it may very well be a credible figure.

Why?

Non-compliance rates of 85%-90% or more are the rule when draconian gun control laws demanding registration are passed in the United States. Those rates are normal even with relatively popular support from voters and law enforcement. Those dynamics of “popular support” are assuredly not in play in New York.

While gun registration may be exceedingly popular south of the Tappan Zee Bridge, and in a few pockets upstate, many (if not most) law enforcement officers and gun owners in the state have publicly rebelled against the law. Many municipal and county governments have joined them in open defiance. Gun owners in New York are well aware of the fact that their county sheriffs, state police, and local officers don’t intend to enforce the law, a stance that many law enforcement leaders have announced publicly.

Knowing that the chief law enforcement officers in most counties have announced that they will not enforce the law, a non-compliance rate exceeding 95% and perhaps exceeding 98% does indeed seem plausible.

As New York Assemblyman Bill Nojay (R-Pittsford) noted previously:

“The rank and file troopers don’t want anything to do with it,” Assemblyman Bill Nojay (R-Pittsford) said Monday. “I don’t know of a single sheriff upstate who is going to enforce it.”

“If you don’t have the troopers and you don’t have the sheriffs, who have you got? You’ve got Andrew Cuomo pounding on the table in Albany,” Nojay said.

Andrew Cuomo has demonstrated that he has the political power to ram through unconstitutional laws in Albany. What he’s also unwittingly exposed is his complete inability to enforce them.

Gun Confiscation Underway in New York

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This is from Town Hall.

You can keep your guns we do not want to take them away.

Yet they are coming for your guns.

What will happen with this undetectable gun bill?

 

Nobody is coming for your guns, they said. Nobody is taking away your rights, they said. This is all about public safety, they said.

Nearly a year ago, the New York legislature passed the toughest gun control law in the country known as the S.A.F.E. Act. It was rushed through in the middle of the night and as soon as it landed on Governor Cuomo’s desk, he signed it without asking questions. Now, local and state government are taking the opportunity tocrack down on regulations already on the books which means for many, turn in your guns or leave.

 The New York City Police Department is taking aim at owners of certain shotguns and rifles, telling them all long guns with a five-round or more capacity must be turned in, altered or taken out of town.

An estimated 500 recipients of the notices, which were mailed on Nov. 18, were given the options to surrender their gun, permanently move the gun out of city jurisdiction or employ a licensed gunsmith to modify the weapon to get into compliance with the law. Rifles and shotguns with a capacity of five or more rounds are affected.

Though these notices were not sent out as a direct result of the SAFE Act, New York State Assemblyman James Tedisco said the new law may embolden city police forces to send out similar letters.

Tedisco, who voted against the SAFE Act, said New York City had the five-round law in the books for about 20 years, but this is the first time he has heard complaints about the notices being sent out to gun owners.

“These letters appear to be another example of the Nanny State,” Tedisco said. “Hypothetically, it can start with a letter, and then that can lead to someone knocking on your door saying, ‘I want to see your gun.'”

 

Thanks to the S.A.F.E. Act and the unreasonable demands from police, three gun companies have left New York State in addition to a number of gun owners.

 

SAFE Act stance helps Howard win 3rd term as Erie County sheriff

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This is from The Buffalo News.

More LEO’s in New York need to follow the lead

of Sheriff Howard.

The law is turning New York into a Nazi Police State.

 

Four words that he uttered at a news conference last May helped Timothy B. Howard win a third term as Erie County sheriff.

The words were “I won’t enforce it,” and Howard was talking about the SAFE Act, a controversial new state firearms law that has outraged gun owners.

The support of angry firearms owners helped the Republican sheriff to a big win Tuesday over his Democratic Party opponent, retired Sheriff’s Deputy Richard E. Dobson, and Sheriff’s Lt. Bert D. Dunn, a Law and Order Party candidate who lost the Democratic nomination in the September primary.

Howard, 63, of South Wales, also received a big boost from having two candidates scrapping with each other over the votes of Democrats.

Late Tuesday night, a jubilant Howard thanked his supporters and leaders of the Republican and Conservative parties for helping him win. He said people all over Erie County have thanked him for his stand on the gun issue.

“I did what I thought was the right thing to do,” Howard told The Buffalo News. “People in Western New York feel strongly about the Constitution and Albany’s misreading of it.”

Since taking office in 2005, Howard has faced some difficult times – including prisoner escapes, mistaken releases of prisoners and suicides at the jail and prison operated by his department. But voters made him only the third Erie County sheriff since 1821 to be elected to three consecutive four-year terms.

“The SAFE Act was a major issue in this election,” said Carl J. Calabrese, a former Erie County deputy county executive who now works as a political consultant. “A lot of people in Erie County, both Republicans and Democrats, are hunters, gun owners and shooters … These are motivated people who get out and vote. In a low-turnout election year like this one, it can make a huge difference.”

Howard has repeatedly voiced his opposition to the state gun control law enacted earlier this year with strong support from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

Howard supports a court challenge to the SAFE Act and has publicly stated that he won’t enforce the law, because in his view, it violates the constitutional rights of gun owners.

Gun owners worked hard to help Howard win, said Harold “Budd” Schroeder of Lancaster, chairman of the board of the Shooters Committee on Political Education. “Don’t you see the signs posted all over Erie County, opposing the SAFE Act? People are very upset about this.”

Not everyone agrees. As they walked out of a polling place at Edison Elementary School in the Town of Tonawanda, William and Pauline Stelmach said one reason they voted for Dobson was Howard’s refusal to enforce the gun law.

“Howard is the sheriff. He is supposed to enforce the law, not make laws,” William Stelmach said.

Democratic Party Chairman Jeremy J. Zellner said Howard’s attack on the state gun law provided a “distraction” from the real issue of the campaign, which he said was Howard’s “poor leadership” of his department.

“When he took that position, it gave him a wedge into Democrats who would not normally vote for a Republican,” Calabrese said. “A lot of Democrats are blue-collar people, union people, hunters and gun owners.”

James E. Campbell, chairman of the University at Buffalo’s political science department, said he believes the split of Democratic Party voters probably had a bigger impact.

Dobson and Dunn had battled for the Democratic Party nomination, with Dobson narrowly winning in the primary. Dunn then decided to continue in the race as a minor party candidate, spending more than $300,000 of his own money.

The sheriff makes $79,000 from the county for running the largest local police force in Western New York, a department with more than 1,000 employees and a requested budget of $118 million for the coming year. In addition to his county salary, Howard receives a State Police pension of more than $50,000 a year.

Howard was in the State Police for 24 years before joining the Sheriff’s Office as undersheriff in 1998. He became sheriff in June 2005 when his predecessor, Patrick J. Gallivan, was appointed to the State Parole Board. Gallivan has since been elected to the State Senate. Howard won elections in 2005 and 2009.

Howard has come under intense criticism at times. The low point of his tenure as sheriff came in April 2006, when prisoner Ralph “Bucky” Phillips escaped from the County Correctional Facility in Alden.

Before he was recaptured months later in Pennsylvania, Phillips went on a high-profile crime spree that included killing one state trooper and badly injuring two others with gunfire.

Howard’s department was criticized for the Phillips escape by the state Commission of Corrections. His department also has been criticized by state and federal agencies for prisoner suicides and overcrowded conditions at the Erie County Holding Center.

Howard said he has worked hard to improve conditions in both the jail and the prison.

Dobson, 68, of East Aurora, and Dunn, 43, of Orchard Park, have both criticized Howard and claimed they would be better choices for sheriff, but neither candidate ran an aggressive campaign.

The race against Howard was like a “David vs. Goliath” quest, Dobson said late Tuesday.

Dunn said he hopes Howard will hold no grudge against him for trying to beat him in the election.

“Win or lose, I’ll be back at work in the Sheriff’s Department at 5:45 tomorrow morning,” Dunn said Tuesday night. “I’ll do a good job for him. Even if he gets mad at me, I don’t interact with him very much, so I won’t really know.”

 

Another SAFE Act Arrest… Man Faces Up to 6-Months in Prison for Unlawful Search That Reveals 3 Extra Bullets

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This is from The D.C.Clothesline.

The New York Nazi Police state strikes again.

This is one of many reasons I will not go to New York.

 

 

Back in May Tim Brown reported a story of a man who was believed to be the first SAFE Act arrest under the “7 bullet limit” provision. Gregory Dean was pulled over for a burnt out license-plate lamp and found with a legally registered pistol with a magazine that contained 9 bullets.

Well, it has happened again. This time the crime is 3 extra bullets because the magazine contained 10 rounds.

The Wall Street Journal Reports:

An upstate New York man was arrested for violating the state’s new gun law. What makes this case unusual is that the gun in question was legal and wasn’t involved in a crime. The man faces up to a year in prison for loading it with too many bullets.

Paul Wojdan was a passenger in a car that was pulled over for speeding in the city of Lockport, N.Y., last weekend after a brief chase, according to the Buffalo News. Law Blog couldn’t immediately reach him for comment.

After the officer inquired if there were any weapons inside the vehicle, the man handed over a holstered gun from the glove compartment. Mr. Wojdan had a permit for the gun, the newspaper reported. But he was taken into custody after the officer inspected the magazine and saw that it contained 10 rounds of ammunition, exceeding the legal limit by three bullets.

Under the New York Safe Act, a package of stricter gun restrictions approved this year, it’s legal to possess a magazine that can store 10 rounds of ammunition, but that magazine may not be loaded with more than seven rounds.

The 26-year-old man was charged with unlawful possession of an ammunition-feeding device.

According to a legal guidance memo prepared by the New York State Police, authorities need probable cause to inspect the contents of a magazine.

I should note that the report of up to one year in prison appears to be incorrect. That is for a subsequent offense. Here is the letter of the law under the SAFE Act.

Penalties (possessing more than 7 rounds in magazine) PL 265.37

If the violation occurs within the home of the person:

1st offense = violation, subject to $200 fine

Subsequent offense = class B misdemeanor / subject to $200 fine / up to three months imprisonment.

 

If the violation occurs in any other location:

1st offense = class B misdemeanor / subject to $200 fine / up to six months imprisonment

Subsequent offense = class A misdemeanor / up to one year imprisonment.

The “probable cause” issue needs serious discussion. No matter what you feel about 2nd amendment rights, if you have more than 7 bullets in a magazine, THAT WAS SEARCHED AS A RESULT OF PROBABLE CAUSE, you will be arrested in New York. Butwhat “probable cause” do law enforcement officials have to inspect a magazine that has not been involved in any crime, comes from a legally registered firearm and was voluntarily turned over at a traffic stop?

These are the guidelines that New York law enforcement officials are supposed to be following in regard to magazines and probable cause:

Right to check and inspect magazines v. firearms

Absent some indication of criminal activity, there is no right to inspect the contents of a magazine to ensure that it meets the requirements under the Safe Act. If an officer has probable cause to believe that a particular magazine is unlawful, he or she may seize and inspect it. If there is founded suspicion of criminal activity, the officer may ask for consent to check the magazine. However, the mere existence of a magazine, which may or may not be legal, does not provide probable cause to believe that any law is being broken. If the weapon is one for which a permit is required, police will be justified in checking the permit to ensure that the person lawfully possesses the firearm. If a permit cannot be produced, the officer would be legally justified in seizing the firearm and conducting an inventory of its contents. In this case, the inventory would include checking the magazine in order to account for each round. However, if the person produces a permit and there are no indications of unlawful conduct, an inspection of the magazine would be unnecessary. In this case, the weapon should be secured temporarily, in the same condition as it was found, for the duration of the stop and returned to the motorist at the conclusion of the encounter.

Unless there is probable cause to believe the law is being violated, there is no justification for checking a magazine to determine whether or not it contains more than 7 rounds.

 Does it sound to you as if the officers met their own guidelines? Don’t forget that Paul Wojdan was a passenger so you really can’t even say that he was guilty of speeding.

It would seem to me that there is a little extra enforcement of the law going on in New York. Where I come from we don’t call that justice. We call that a police state.

Not only does New York have some of the toughest gun laws in the country, they appear to be violating the 4th amendment rights of their citizens in order to also violate their 2nd amendment rights.

 

 

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