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 will be the message delivered by Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,I,C-Canandaigua) and the Assembly Minority Sportsmen Caucus as they host the third annual “Sportsmen Day” celebration in the Legislative Office Building in Albany on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. until noon. The event will feature 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 will be joined by event co-sponsor Tom King, President of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association (NYSRPA), industry leaders and what are expected to be thousands of outdoor enthusiasts from across the state for this FREE event, which is open to the public.
“One of the themes of Sportsmen's Day 2012 is 'your rights are in their sites,' which is a reminder to never take our Second Amendment freedoms for granted. 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, such as the micro-stamping mandate or the prosecution of lawful gun owners whose only 'crime' was possessing a legal firearm license from another state. 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. Sportsmen's Day 2012 will showcase and celebrate this principle. If you love freedom, if you respect the Second Amendment, I expect you to be standing with Wayne LaPierre and me in Albany on March 20 for Sportsmen's Day," Leader Kolb concluded.
"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 are going to be front and center at this year's Sportsmen Day event. The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association and our thousands of members are proud to once again partner with Leader Kolb and sponsor Sportsmen's Day," King said.
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 Sportsmen's Day formal program also will include 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 will have an opportunity to interact with over 20 heritage sports organizations and companies and attend educational presentations by New York State 4-H Shooting Sports and the New York State Conservation Fund Advisory Board.
“Sportsmen's Day is the opportunity for us to speak in defense of the Second Amendment, the noble traditions of hunting and fishing, and the importance of ensuring all New Yorkers can always enjoy the Empire State's great outdoors. Drive, carpool, run, walk, hike -- do whatever you need to get to Sportsmen's Day in Albany on March 20 to help us send a powerful message that the Second Amendment is America's first freedom that will not be infringed upon by Albany politicians," Leader Kolb concluded.
Leader Kolb is a proud member of the NRA, NYSRPA and S.C.O.P.E. and has been continually recognized by pro-Second Amendment organizations for his advocacy of the right to keep and bear arms.
Editor's Note: Click here for the official poster for "Sportsmen's Day 2012" being held in Albany next Tuesday, March 20.