On Thursday, 28 February, there is going to be a "Civil Rights – 2nd Amendment Rally" at noon at the Legislative Building, 80 Swan Street, in Albany.
This rally, sponsored by: National Rifle Association, NSRPA, activist JJ Johnson–Smith and the Second Amendment Foundation, is to protest the recent anti-gun legislation passed by New York Governor Cuomo.
That legislation, touted by the governor to be the strongest anti-gun law in the country, contains the followin provisions
- Assault weapons are defined by having two "military rifle" features, such as folding stock, muzzle flash suppressor or bayonet mount. The proposal would reduce that to one feature, including the popular pistol grip. The language specifically targeted the military-style rifle used in the Newtown shootings. Current owners of those guns will have to register them.
- Private sales of assault weapons to someone other than an immediate family would be subject to a background check through a dealer. New Yorkers also would be barred from buying assault weapons over the Internet, and failing to safely store a weapon could lead to a misdemeanor charge.
- Ammunition magazines would be restricted to seven bullets, from the current 10, and current owners of higher-capacity magazines would have a year to sell them out of state. An owner caught at home with eight or more bullets in a magazine could face a misdemeanor charge.
- Stores that sell ammunition will have to register with the state, run background checks on buyers of bullets and keep an electronic database of bullet sales.
- Therapists who believe a mental health patient made a credible threat to use a gun illegally will be required to report it to a mental health director who would have to notify the state. A patient's gun could be taken from him or her.
- Increased sentences for gun crimes including the shooting of a first responder that Cuomo called the "Webster provision." Last month in the western New York town of Webster, two firefighters were killed after responding to a fire set by the shooter, who eventually killed himself (http://yhoo.it/X00Nf5).
The National Rifle Assocation (NRA) has been at the forefront of this latest gun debate. Their CEO testified before the a U.S. Senate Committee on gun violence yesterday, 30 January. The organization has millions of members across the country and defends the 2nd Amendment and the private citizen's right to bear arms.
The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), based in Bellvue, Washington, is "dedicated to promoting a better understanding about our Constitutional heritage to privately own and possess firearms. To that end, we carry on many educational and legal action programs designed to better inform the public about the gun control debate" (http://bit.ly/VwK45E).
Buses are available for those interested in attending from Syracuse. Please call 315-882-1840 or email email@example.com for more information. Allso to scopeny.org or www.nysrpa.org for more information.
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