Stand With Me And NRA Executive Vice President & CEO Wayne LaPierre In Albany On March 20 To Protect, Preserve And Defend The Second Amendment
Legislative column from Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,I,C-Canandaigua)
February 17, 2012
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” – Second Amendment to the U. S. ConstitutionIf you believe in the Second Amendment and your God-given right to defend your life, family and home, then come to Albany on March 20 and stand with National Rifle Association Executive Vice President & CEO Wayne LaPierre and me as we rally in support of the rights of law-abiding gun owners. MARCH 20 – SAVE THE DATE, HELP SAVE THE SECOND AMENDMENT! Tuesday, March 20 from 9:00 a.m. to noon, is the third annual Sportsmen and Outdoor Recreation Legislative Awareness Day, a free event held in the “Well” of the Legislative Office Building in Albany and open to all New Yorkers. Our event celebrates the Second Amendment, honors the proud heritage of hunting and recognizes the positive economic contributions of sportsmen. We are honored to have Wayne LaPierre as our event’s keynote speaker. If you have never had the opportunity to hear Wayne LaPierre speak in person – his eloquent, passionate defense of the liberties of law-abiding gun owners from government’s continued assault on their Constitutional freedoms is inspirational – this is your opportunity! Mr. LaPierre is being sponsored by Tom King, President of the NYS Rifle and Pistol Association. However, this year’s event is happening against the backdrop of a massive new push by politicians in Albany and New York City to restrict your Second Amendment rights. YOUR RIGHTS ARE IN THEIR SIGHTS In the past, I have repeatedly warned about the efforts of some liberal politicians to further restrict, reduce and even reverse your Second Amendment rights. My warnings have come true. The gun grabbers are ramping up a major new assault on Second Amendment Constitutional freedoms. In case you need convincing, consider the following:
- RENEWED PUSH FOR “MICROSTAMPING” MANDATE: This unproven, unnecessary and costly State government mandate does nothing to stop criminals who commit a crime with a firearm, but significantly drives up the price of gun ownership – while driving out more gun manufacturers and private sector jobs from New York;
- PROSECUTION OF LEGAL GUN OWNERS: Ryan Jerome, a United States Marine and Indiana resident who possesses a legal permit to carry a concealed firearm could face a minimum of 3 ½ years and a maximum of 15 years in prison for committing a “violent felony.” His “crime” was making a good faith effort to safely and securely check-in his firearm at the Empire State Building. Jerome must carry a firearm due to his work as a jeweler as he routinely transports large quantities of precious metals to refineries; in this instance, he was moving $15,000 worth of gold. Unfortunately, Ryan Jerome’s case is hardly an isolated incident; and
- ANOTHER LEGAL GUN OWNER FACES PRISON: Much like Ryan Jerome, Tennessee nurse and medical student Meredith Graves was visiting New York and possessed a legal permit to carry a firearm. She was arrested for trying to check-in her gun at the 9/11 Memorial in New York City. Graves’ only “crime” was attempting to do the right thing. She also could face a minimum of 3 ½ and up to 15 years in jail for being a responsible citizen.