Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,I,C-Canandaigua) today announced that he and the Assembly GOP Conference will host their second annual “Sportsmen and Outdoor Recreation Legislative Awareness Day” on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 in Albany. The event held earlier this year was unprecedented, including 24 vendors from around the state and nearly 3,000 supporters. The lawmakers will again be joined by National Rifle Association (NRA) CEO & Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre and outdoor enthusiasts from across the state. The event is free and open to the public.
“My Assembly Minority colleagues and I are pleased to invite all New Yorkers to our second annual Sportsmen and Outdoor Recreation Legislative Awareness Day,” said Kolb, a member of the NRA, The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association (NYSRPA), the Shooters’ Committee on Political Education (S.C.O.P.E.) and Safari Club International.
“Due to the overwhelming success of the January 2010 event we have decided to make this celebration of our Second Amendment rights a yearly gathering. Our goal is to highlight the rich tradition of outdoor activities in the lives of New York’s residents and our economy, and offer hunters, sportsmen and outdoor recreation enthusiasts from around the state an opportunity to meet with their legislators to discuss the legislative and policy issues affecting them.”
Kolb noted that LaPierre will give the keynote address again this year. Additionally, the slate of speakers will include Tom King, President of NYSRPA; James A. Rabbia, Plant Manager for Remington Arms; Stephen Aldstadt, President of S.C.O.P.E.; and William Schwerd, Executive Director of New York State 4-H Shooting Sports.
“The Sportsmen & Outdoor Recreation Legislative Awareness Day is a huge success that will continue to grow; I congratulate Minority Leader Brian Kolb for understanding the great impact the shooting and outdoor sports have on the economy of New York State,” said King.
Kolb is widely recognized for his advocacy of the Second Amendment and his voting record in support of preserving and protecting every New Yorker’s right to bear arms. In June, Kolb was named NYSRPA’s 2010 “Legislator of the Year.” In October, he received S.C.O.P.E.’s “Sandra Lee Wirth Legislator of the Year Award.” On December 5th, he was designated “Second Amendment Politician of the Year” by the Yates County Chapter of S.C.O.P.E. The three groups honored Kolb for his sponsorship of Sportsmen and Outdoor Recreation Legislative Awareness Day – the first-ever event of its kind in Albany – as well as his advocacy of the Second Amendment and his voting record in support of preserving and protecting every New Yorker’s right to bear arms.
“S.C.O.P.E. is committed to working to protect the right to keep and bear arms for all law abiding citizens of New York State. I look forward to joining Assembly Minority Leader Kolb, our friends from the NRA, NYSRPA, Remington Arms and all over New York for the Second Annual Sportsmen and Outdoor Recreation Legislative Awareness Day at the State Capitol on January 25th,” said Aldstadt.
“Hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation are essential to New York’s economy, contributing over $6 billion every year.” said Kolb. “It has always been important to me that sportsmen and women have the opportunity to network with colleagues and meet with their legislators to discuss the important role of ‘Heritage Sports’ and other outdoor activities.”
“Youth are the future of our shooting and hunting tradition. Shooting is The Activity of a Lifetime as it transcends age, gender or physical limitations. Equally important, by the very nature of learning through a mentoring process, shooting crosses generations as youth frequently learn skills, responsibilities and ethics from grandparents,” said Schwerd.“4-H Shooting Sports in New York State follows a national curriculum that includes certified volunteer instructors working with appropriate age youth who follow the 4-H Motto of Learning By Doing. 4-H encourages youth and parents, grandparents or guardians to participate together – learning, sharing and understanding across generations.”
Vendors scheduled to showcase their products and services at Sportsmen and Outdoor Recreation Legislative Awareness Day include NYSRPA, S.C.O.P.E., the West Albany Rod and Gun Club, the Federated Sportsmen’s Clubs of Ulster County, New York State 4-H Shooting Sports, New York Houndsmen Conservation Association, Outdoor Writers Association, Safari Club International, Conservation Alliance of New York, National Wild Turkey Federation, Sportsmen’s Association for Firearms Education, Inc., Remington Arms, New York State Trappers Association, Harvest Sun Charters, Livingston County Federation of Sportsmen Clubs, Springville Field and Spring Club, New East Coast Arms Collectors, Savage Arms and Columbia Greene Friends of the NRA, among others.
To RSVP or for more details about the event, e-mail Leader Kolb at firstname.lastname@example.org, call (518) 455-5073, or look for “Sportsmen and Outdoor Recreation Legislative Awareness Day” on Facebook.