Katz Defends Second Amendment Rights

June 10, 2011
Assemblyman Steve Katz (left) meets with National Rifle Association’s (NRA) New York State Liaison, Darin Goens, this week in the assemblyman’s Albany office. Assemblyman Katz is one of the top NRA-ranked members of the State Assembly.
Assemblyman Steve Katz (R,I-Yorktown) welcomed Darin Goens, the New York State National Rifle Association (NRA) Liaison, to the State Capitol this week in Albany. Assemblyman Katz is one of the top NRA-ranked members of the State Assembly, with an “AQ” rating and has consistently supported sportsmen and women’s Second Amendment Rights.

“As a conservative, I am proud to defend our constitutional right to bear arms as well as to support and help expand the outdoor recreation and heritage sports industry, which continues to grow as a multi-billion dollar economic engine in our state,” said the assemblyman, who recently co-hosted the Assembly Minority’s Sportsmen and Outdoor Recreation Legislative Awareness Day in Albany, an event that brought thousands of hunters, anglers, and outdoor enthusiasts from across the state to lobby their state representatives to support this growing industry.

This weekend, Assemblyman Katz also will be attending the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association’s (NYSRPA) annual meeting, featuring NRA Vice President Jim Porter, at the Wallkill Rod and Gun Club in Wallkill, New York. The assemblyman has worked closely with the NYSRPA and NRA in opposition to anti-gun legislation, including the recently-passed microstamping bill, A.1157, which Assemblyman Katz voted against.

EDITORS’ NOTE: On the NRA’s rating scale, an AQ rating means that a legislator’s rating is solely based on his or her response to the NRA-PVF Candidate Questionnaire and who does not have a legislative voting record on Second Amendment issues, making the AQ rating the highest rating a new or freshman lawmaker can have until their legislative voting record is updated. The NRA has not updated their ratings for New York State Assembly Members since the 2010 General Election.