A Celebration Of America’s First Freedom: NYS Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, NRA's Wayne LaPierre Hold Third Annual “Sportsmen’s Day” In Albany
Event spotlighted importance of defending the Second Amendment, celebrated the economic contributions of sportsmen to New York's economy
March 20, 2012
Albany, N.Y. – Defend the Second Amendment Constitutional freedoms of all law-abiding New Yorkers -- and protect their right to always enjoy New York's great outdoors! That was the message delivered by Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,I,C-Canandaigua) and the Assembly Minority Sportsmen Caucus today as they hosted the third annual “Sportsmen’s Day” celebration in the Legislative Office Building in Albany. The event featured a keynote speech from Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President & CEO of the National Rifle Association (NRA), on the importance of ensuring the Second Amendment Constitutional Freedoms of all law-abiding New Yorkers. Leader Kolb and LaPierre were joined by event co-sponsor Tom King, President of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association (NYSRPA), industry leaders and thousands of outdoor enthusiasts from across the state for this FREE event, which was open to the public. “One of the themes of Sportsmen's Day 2012 is 'your rights are in their sights,' which is a reminder to never take our Second Amendment freedoms for granted. This year’s event took place against the backdrop of a massive new push by politicians in Albany and New York City to restrict our Second Amendment rights. Preserving, protecting and defending the Second Amendment Constitutional freedoms of all law-abiding New Yorkers is more important than ever, given the continued onslaught of costly and unnecessary Albany rules and regulations,” said Kolb, who recently introduced legislation in support of law-abiding gun owners. “The Second Amendment is not a suggestion -- it is a Constitutionally- guaranteed protection and America's first freedom, just as important as our freedom of speech and freedom of religion.” “Our Second Amendment is the core principle that defines our nation. There is no greater freedom than to own a firearm to protect ourselves, our families, our communities and our nation,” said LaPierre. “Thus, Second Amendment freedom is, truly, the heart and soul of America. And it is all at stake this year. This is a fight for our values and for the freedom we believe in. It's all or nothing, and gun owners everywhere, from Albany to Seattle, and from Anchorage to Miami, are signing on. The fight is on and the NRA is ALL IN!” Sportsmen's Day (a.k.a., “Sportsmen and Outdoor Recreation Legislative Awareness Day”) is the premiere event in Albany for New York’s outdoor sports enthusiasts. Held annually, the free event gives sportsmen and women the opportunity to talk to their legislators, network with fellow enthusiasts and hear inspirational speeches from nationally-renowned Second Amendment advocates and top heritage sports personalities. "The Second Amendment rights of New Yorkers are under a continued and sustained assault by liberal politicians who treat the Constitution like an afterthought. Our Founding Fathers made it perfectly clear: Americans have the right to keep and bear arms. Period. There is absolutely zero ambiguity in the words 'shall not be infringed.' Albany's ongoing attempts to make microstamping the law of the land and the need for a real reciprocity law that protects lawful gun owners visiting New York from other states were front and center at this year's Sportsmen’s Day event. The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association and our thousands of members were proud to once again partner with Leader Kolb and sponsor Sportsmen's Day," King said. The Sportsmen's Day formal program also included remarks from King, Stephen Aldstadt, President of the Shooters Committee on Political Education (S.C.O.P.E.) and Dr. Larry Rudolph, Chief Communications Officer for Safari Club International, Inc. Hunters, sportsmen and outdoor recreation enthusiasts from around the state had an opportunity to interact with over 20 heritage sports organizations and companies, and attend educational presentations by New York State 4H Shooting Sports and the New York State Conservation Fund Advisory Board. “I am proud to be a sportsman and outdoor enthusiast, and I work hard in Albany to preserve and protect YOUR right to bear arms,” said Kolb. “I have recently introduced legislation (A.9086) that will provide reciprocity to nonresident licensed gun owners in New York State. This measure would allow tourists to bring their legal guns with them as they travel in or through our state - protecting law-abiding visitors from overzealous prosecution. I am also leading the fight to stop the economically damaging, feel-good push for microstamping in Albany. Let me be clear, microstamping will not keep New Yorkers safe from criminals. What it will do is waste taxpayer dollars and leave New Yorkers with a false sense of security.” Additional legislation that would foster and encourage heritage sports in New York State includes measures to:
- Permit fishing guides and charter boat captains licensed by the State Department of Environmental Conservation to issue fishing licenses (A.5104);
- Require the Superintendent of Insurance to conduct a study regarding the feasibility of developing and implementing landowner liability reform, opening more lands for hunting, fishing, ATV and snowmobile activities (A.6702); and
- Require the DMV to conduct a study examining the economic impact associated with statewide trail development and provide accurate information about the positive impact such trails would have on local economies (A.3924).