Assemblyman Tony Jordan, right, meets with William Schwerd, Executive Director of the New York State 4-H Shooting Sports.
“New York has over 1.4 million sportsmen generating over $6 billion for the state economy. Their contributions should be hailed, not punished. Unfortunately, Albany continues to follow a path of excessive taxes, regulations, and restrictions on law-abiding citizens and small businesses,” said Jordan.
“Bureaucrats and politicians are taking away recreational opportunities at a time when cash-strapped families need them most,” said Jordan. They are threatening local job creators in an economic crisis. They are forcing burdensome costs onto working sportsmen. They are infringing on New Yorkers’ essential rights enshrined by the Constitution. Responsible gun owners and outdoor enthusiasts should not be punished because Albany cannot manage its finances or because downstate politicians do not understand the traditions of the state’s rural residents.”
Jordan joined the Assembly Minority Conference in sponsoring the event, which highlighted the fiscal and recreational contributions created by hunting, fishing, trapping, snowmobiling, ATV use, and other outdoor activities. Several local vendors, including 4-H Shooting Sports, North Country ATV, B & J guns, and Capital District Fly Fishers were among the over 30 organizations with informational booths. Chuck Cunningham, Director of Political Affairs for the National Rifle Association, provided the keynote address. Also present was the plant manager for Remington Arms, as well as the leaders of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, S.C.O.P.E. and New York State 4-H Shooting Sports.