NY Assembly Leader Sheldon Silver is trying to piggyback his Senate blocked Assembly anti-gun bills onto Gov. Pataki's gun trafficking/cop assault bills.
CALL Senator Joe Bruno, Gov. Pataki and your State Senator/Assemblyperson's office today. Tell them you oppose any further restrictions on Licensed NYS Firearms Dealers, the ban on .50 Caliber Weapons and any changes to the NYS Assault Weapon Ban or the current Pistol Licensing law.
New York State Assembly Members
New York State Senate Members
Governor George E. Pataki
Albany, NY 12224
Senator Joseph L. Bruno
Temporary President and Majority Leader
43rd Senate District
Room 909 Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12247
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
SESSION ON GUN LAWS IS HELD UP BY 'SHEL' GAME
By FREDRIC U. DICKER
WEDNESDAY'S special legislative session called by Gov. Pataki to toughen laws against gun trafficking and assaults on cops "is looking to be a waste of a day," a top Republican charged yesterday.
The official, who asked not to be named, accused Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) of seeking to derail the session by proposing a series of unrelated measures designed to "protect the Democrats from the charge that they're not willing to do anything about crimes against cops.
"Shelly is loading up the truck with irrelevant stuff," said the official, adding the Assembly had just begun "aging" a set of proposals unrelated to Pataki's agenda so that they can be voted on Wednesday.
I emailed my senator and assemblymen. I don't live in the most populus district around so hopefully they will hear about.
working on it
Please call their office if you can. I'm not sure how effective e-mail is.
Done, called Pataki's office and Bruno's (the woman I spoke with at Bruno's was very nice).
Calling Ass. Fitzpatrick tomorrow.
Seriously folks, calling is the best way to get your message across.
Emailed my assembly people today. Hope it actually helps. Gonna hit the senators 2morrow...
Just got this e-mail
Over the course of the last few days I've read many accounts regarding the proposed anti-gun trafficking legislation proposed by the Governor. To date it has been all speculation. As of today the bills have been released and are numbered S50001 & S50003. Remember while reading these bills, that the firearms enumerated in these bills are "Illegal Firearms" not the firearms that you and I own legally.
More importantly, we must stop the bills being proposed by The Assembly under Speaker Sheldon Silver. Speaker Silver is trying to incorporate his usual yearly garbage can full of bills in this special session. You know, the bills that take rights away from legal gun owners rather than punishing the criminals.
Remember, the Senate bills are placing the blame and penalty where it belongs on "illegal firearms" they are not trying to take away our legal firearms as the Assembly Democrats are trying to do with their bills.
Please contact your legislator and the Governor and tell them you want the criminals punished not the legal and lawful gun owner of New York State. Better yet, everyone call, email, fax or write The Speaker and let him know how displeased you are. Please keep all letters coherent and gentlemanly. Nothing that could be construed as a threat.
Sheldon Silver, Speaker
932 Legislative Office Building
Albany, New York, 12248
Merry Christmas and Thank you for your support.
The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
So it has numbers now.
Called Bruno, my Senator and Assemblyman
Just phoned Pataki, Bruno and Silver.
Said go after the criminals and leave the law abiding citizens alone. We don't need more regs, we need fewer.
Called Fitzpatrick, nice guy I spoke with there and he will be happy to pass the info along to the Assem.
Here is another one:
New York Governor, Legislature Urged to Crack Down on Sources of Crime Guns
12/20/2005 2:23:00 PM
To: State and City Desks
Contact: Peter Hamm of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence,
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Sarah Brady, chair of the
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, issued the following statement:
"Governor Pataki and New York's Republican Senate majority have been
pointing fingers at their Democratic colleagues for the past week.
They need to stop grandstanding, and agree to include the Assembly's
approach in a legislative package to keep illegal guns off the
streets of New York.
"Elected officials meeting in Albany Wednesday have an opportunity to
take real steps to disable gun traffickers. They need to change the
behavior of rogue and careless gun dealers by holding them
accountable for their actions.
"New York City residents are currently facing gridlock because of the
transit strike. They don't need to see gridlock in Albany, and if
there is gridlock, the Governor's stubbornness is to blame."
Nothing about strengthening the AWB...
WHITE PLAINS — Law enforcement officials from Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties join Republican legislators in supporting tougher gun laws and sentences for crimes against police.
By JONATHAN BANDLER
THE JOURNAL NEWS
(Original publication: December 21, 2005)
WHITE PLAINS — Law enforcement officials from Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties joined Republican legislators yesterday in supporting tougher gun laws and sentences for crimes against police in the wake of two recent fatal shootings of New York City officers.
Gov. George Pataki has called a special session of the state Legislature for today to address two bills — one that would close loopholes that weaken existing gun trafficking laws and the other that would stiffen sentences for those who injure or kill police officers. Supporters want a mandatory death penalty for anyone convicted of killing a police officer.
"We need to protect the people who protect us," state Assemblyman Louis Mosiello of Yonkers, a retired Mamaroneck police sergeant and former Westchester legislator, said at a news conference at Westchester District Attorney Jeanine Pirro's office. Putnam District Attorney Kevin Wright and Rockland District Attorney Michael Bongiorno also spoke and those in attendance included police Chiefs James Bradley of White Plains, Timothy Bonci of Eastchester and David Hall of Harrison.
The news conference was one of 11 around the state organized by Republicans pushing for the legislation in the wake of this month's fatal New York Police Department shootings.
Officer Daniel Enchautegui was killed Dec. 10 when he was shot while off duty responding to a burglary next door to his Bronx home. Two Yonkers men, actor Lillo Brancato Jr. and his ex-girlfriend's father, Steven Armento, are charged in that case. Officer Dillon Stewart was killed in Brooklyn on Nov. 28, allegedly by a man with an illegal handgun who is also charged with shooting another officer during a robbery a few weeks earlier.
Existing gun laws restrict the number of guns sold in a single transaction, but Pataki's bill adds a provision to stiffen penalties for a quantity of guns sold over a year, not just at one time. It would also make the possession of three or more handguns a felony. It is currently a misdemeanor to possess up to 19 guns.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a Democrat, has responded by introducing two bills himself. One would stiffen penalties for crimes against police officers but would not include the death penalty. The other goes beyond Pataki's gun trafficking bill by requiring gun dealers to lock their guns at night and train their employees to recognize those prohibited from buying guns.
While Republicans have tried to paint Silver and other Democratic leaders in the Assembly as soft on crime, Silver has accused Pataki and Senate Republicans of working on behalf of the National Rifle Association to protect loopholes that contribute to the illegal gun market.
Pataki called the special session but cannot force a vote, and leaders of the Republican-controlled Senate and the Democratic-controlled Assembly have been negotiating the past two days to reach a consensus. Bills would have to pass both houses.
Assemblyman Ryan Karben, a Democrat from Monsey, said he supported the death penalty for those who kill police officers and would vote for the bills of both Pataki and Silver.
"The important thing is to make our streets safer for law enforcement," Karben said. "However we get there, we should get there."
Silver dropped his BS add on gun control bills and Pataki dropped his death penalty bill. Thanks to all who e-mailed and phoned Pataki and their Albany critters.