Total Ligitation Expenses to Date: 511,000
- That makes up 68% of the total testimony written on SB650
8:05 Special Guest: Chris Conte of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action
Court watchers tell us the 2nd Circuit averages 6 months to reach a decision.
This should mark. not the end, but the midpoint of the fight.
2nd, 4th, and 9th Circuits all have active cases.
The CT and NY cases are not exactly alike.
Summary of some cases from least likely to be granted Cert to Most likely
- Fyock v Sunnyvale: Complete and total ban on 10+ round mags, no grandfather clause. Counsel tried to pursue an injunction which was rejected all the way up the chain to Justice Kennedy. [Secretary's Note: Not a single person turned in a banned magazine. :) http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.
- Colorado Outfitters v. Hickenlooper - Ban on 15+ round magains and contains a grandfather clause. The appeals briefs are just finishing up. No arguments scheulded. The district judge said magazines are protected under the 2nd Amendment, but AR15s aren't because they resemble M16s.
- The 4th Circuit case [Sec. Note: I didn't capture the case name, sorry] out of Maryland: Got a good panel for arguments. Argued back in March and should get the decision soon. One of the Judges on the Panel asked if the gun in his nightstand was protected by the 2nd Amendment. The AG said it was probably protected. The Judge asked then why isn't the AR15.
A conflict in the Circuit increases the chances of the Supreme Court granting cert.
All pending cases will b erelvant in any Supreme Court case.
There are a lot of similarities, but some major difference in the Maryland case:
- What is the standard of review? Virtually all circuits are at odds w/ Heller in balancing test.
- Does the 2nd Amendment apply to a ban on guns in common use for lawful purposes?
- If so, what standard of review?
- Based on chosen standard, how dos it apply to the statute?
CT and NY cases stands at a crossroads. These cases are the Lexington and Concord of our time. I'm proud to stand with you on this.
8:23 Special Guest: Christian Regosta - Grassroot Coordinator NRA
District covers NY, CT, ad New Jersey.
When residents write, call, and email legislators it makes a real difference.
We need to keep education people on guns.
Looking for people to be local campaign coordinators. Both to find and help get good legislators elected.
Going to be setting up 2A activist centers in gun shops and supply then with 2A bumper stickers.
Holding an NRA even @ King 33 on June 11th @ 7pm. Armed Citizen stories from CT and show off King 33.
8:31 Special Guests: Representatives Rob Sampson and Doug Dubitsky
We did will stopping bills so far. Anti-gun activists are harrasing the media to try an revive the domestic violence bill during the special session.
We have to b evigilant and make sure thos elegislator know we'll remember at the polls next November.
A lot of time 'strike-all' amendments come without letting people read the amendment before voting on it. The 2nd Chance Society bill was one of those and it reduces virtually all drug crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. The bill would affect the ability to purchase if convicted of a very minor drug offense (e.g. possessing perscription drugs withou having a perscription on you) and even from possessing.
Legislative lawyers spent many hours with Governor's office to convince them of the problem. In the end they agreed to back off and fix the language.
We need more friendly legislators up there. Need CCDL to get more good guys in office.
The republicans need to have one house. A handful of friendly legislators can't do it alone.
8:45 Special Guest: Tom King - NY State Rifle and Pistol Association
NYSRPA is the largest NRA-affiliated group in the nation. 2nd oldest 2A group in the world.
NY doesn't have public hearings on their bills so all lobbying is done behind closed doors.
We can't give up. You're not just 18,000 members, you've got the support of 40,000+ NYSRPA members.
ideally we have to win these cases, bu there are legislative alternatives. The NY Senate passed a bill repealing 6 sections of the SAFE Act. Thanks to friendly legislators. The Republicans have a 1 seat minority and 3 democrats crossed the aisle to vote for the repeal. You need to work on building coalitions. It's hard work and you need to put in sweat equity as well.
Sunday July 12th, NYSRPA is having our annual meeting. There will be a concealed carry woman's fashion show. Women ages 21->82 will be modelling varous concealed carry gear.
8:55 Close of meeting