Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,I,C-Canandaigua) has been named “Second Amendment Politician of the Year” by the Yates County Chapter of the Shooters Committee on Political Education (SCOPE). The award ceremony took place on Sunday, December 5, 2010 at the Penn Yan Elks Lodge as part of the Chapter’s annual Christmas celebration.
SCOPE is a Second Amendment Civil Rights Organization dedicated to the preservation of firearms ownership since 1965, and is an affiliate member of the National Rifle Association (NRA). The group is dedicated to keeping its members informed about antigun legislation, working to stop antigun legislation from becoming law in New York State, and educating the public about the positive aspects of firearm ownership and their Second Amendment rights.
“I’m very proud to receive this prestigious award,” said Kolb, a member of SCOPE, the NRA, NYSRPA and Safari Club International. “I’d like to thank Yates County SCOPE and its Chairman Bill Button for acknowledging my commitment to preserving and protecting the Second Amendment in New York State, because without it, all of our other freedoms could be subject to tyranny and possibly taken away. The Second Amendment is a right worth fighting for, as it truly keeps all Americans free.”
Chairman Button, who formally presented Kolb with the award, said, “Assemblyman Kolb was selected for his efforts to promote a Constitutional Convention, for his strong support of the Second Amendment during his Assembly career and for helping organize and plan the very successful Sportsmen and Outdoor Recreation Legislative Awareness Day held in Albany in January 2010. This event is credited with the reduction in anti-gun legislation debated in Albany last legislative session. Assemblyman Kolb has worked hard in the above-mentioned areas and was unanimously chosen by our members to be presented with this award.”
Button noted that past recipients of the “Second Amendment Politician of the Year” award include former Congressman Randy Kuhl, Senator George Winner, Assemblyman Jim Bacalles, as well as several county and local elected officials.
The Yates County SCOPE award is the third of its kind received by Kolb this year. In June, he was designated 2010 “Legislator of the Year” by the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association (NYSRPA). In October, he received SCOPE’s statewide “Sandra Lee Wirth Legislator of the Year Award.” All three organizations hailed Kolb’s unwavering advocacy of the Second Amendment and his voting record in support of preserving and protecting every New Yorker’s right to bear arms.
Additionally, Kolb and the Assembly Minority Conference will sponsor the second annual “Sportsmen and Outdoor Recreation Legislative Awareness Day” in Albany on January 25, 2011 in the “Well” of the Legislative Office Building. Guest speakers at the event will include Wayne LaPierre, CEO and Executive Vice President of the NRA; Stephen Aldstadt, President of SCOPE; Tom King, President of NYSRPA; James A. Rabbia, Plant Manager for Remington Arms; and William Schwerd, Executive Director of New York State 4-H Shooting Sports. This year’s event was the first ever of its kind at the State Capitol, attracting nearly 3,000 sports enthusiasts from across the state.
For more information on the event, please e-mail Leader Kolb at firstname.lastname@example.org, call the Assembly Minority Office of Public Affairs at (518) 455-5073 or look for Sportsmen and Outdoor Recreation Legislative Awareness Day on Facebook. The gathering is free and open to the public.