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White-Otter Fish & Game Club

Sent: Thursday, February 07, 2013 10:21 AM
Subject: Fw: WCFOA: Notice of Claim filed
Dig deep; Freedom is on the line . . .
Ray Carney
The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association (NYSRPA), the Westchester County Firearm Owners Association (WCFOA), the Sportsmen's Association for Firearm Education (SAFE) and have filed a Notice of Claim against the State of New York regarding the recently passed NY SAFE law.

As all gun owners no doubt know, this law was passed literally in the dark of night, with no public notice, no public input or participation. Contrary to customary State protocol the bill was not held for public view for three days, but rather was rammed through the Legislature. It is an outrage. It contains flaws and errors and it is a disgrace.

By filing this lawsuit, the New York State organizations involved have made clear their intent, and the intent of their members, to fight this law on every
level, and to take it, if necessary, to the United States Supreme Court.

It is not an exaggeration to state that the future of gun ownership in New York State hinges on the outcome of this lawsuit. In fact the future of gun ownership in the United States will be affected directly by the outcome of this New York lawsuit.

The move to disarm lawful firearm owners and strip them of their Constitutionally-recognized, individual right to lawfully keep and bear arms is a cancer. It is a cancer that has taken root in, as Governor Cuomo stated in this State of the State address, "the Progressive capital of the country", New York. If this unconstitutional violation is allowed to stand it will undoubtedly spread. We see signs of that already as President Obama and Vice-President Joseph Biden take their dog-and-pony anti-gun show on the road, countrywide, replete with the lies, distortions and falsehoods that always have characterized the citizen disarmament movement's tactics.

The organizations that are plaintiffs in the lawsuit have committed to see this lawsuit through to its conclusion. This means that the costs of the suit have also been committed. Now is the time to "do something" by helping to fund this suit. Those who can afford to make a donation to defray the costs of the suit can do so by going to and clicking on the "donate" button on the main page. Funds can be donated using PayPal or ANY credit card. OR, donations may be mailed in to WCFOA, PO Box 91, Rye Brook, NY 10573. Mark your check "NYSAFE lawsuit".

There is no alternative but to win this lawsuit. We wish to thank all of our members for their past support and reaffirm our intent to see this battle through to the end.

The New York State Conservation Council urges your participation in the Gun Rights Rally and Lobby Day to be held in the Well of the Legislative Office Building in Albany on Thursday, February 28, 2013, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The theme of the Rally is "The NY SAFE Act Must Go!!"

Organized by the NYS Rifle & Pistol Association with cooperation from the Shooters Committee On Political Education, this is an opportunity for you to join with other sportsmen/women to let Governor Cuomo and state legislators know of your strong opposition to the recently-passed NY Secure Ammunition and Firearms Act. If you are gun owner, you need to be in Albany on February 28. According to SCOPE, "We are being called to Albany on February 28th to make our voices heard as one united coalition. The Governor's SAFE Act does nothing to keep anyone safe. It does put onerous and restrictive regulations on law abiding, tax paying citizens [who] are being singled out by a small minority with an agenda that can only be labeled as dubious."

The NYSR&PA says this is a day to lobby the state legislature on gun rights. It recommends that you call your Assembly Member and State Senator to make an appointment to meet with them in their offices on the 28th after the conclusion of the Rally at 12:30 p.m. Go to the home pages for the NYS legislature, and, where you can find your legislators by entering your home address and/or zip code. It would be a good idea to make an appointment with a legislator who is not from your home district … deliver your message to the downstate/ metropolitan legislators as well.

The February issue of NYSCC's Grass Roots News contained several articles concerning the gun control issue that can serve as reference for talking points; be sure to refer to the newsletter for ideas.

Don't forget the ladies and youth! Bring them along if you can; show the legislators that there's more to this issue than a bunch of hunters in jeans and flannel shirts. Youngsters and women like to shoot, too – it's a family pastime enjoyed by many!

There are several public and private transportation options to get to Albany:

Several groups are putting together buses to Albany:

From Long Island: the Sportsmen's Association for Firearms Education, contact John Cushman 631/475-8125
From Ulster County: the Federated Sportsmen's Clubs of Ulster County, contact Elmer LeSuer 845/340-7404

From Erie County: the Erie County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, contact Rich Davenport 716/510-7952

From Utica/Mohawk Valley: contact Peg Roberts 315/941-6360

From Central NY: the Oswego and Onondaga County Sportsmen's Federations, contact Rick McDermott 315/882-1540

Check and for additional areas that may be chartering buses for the trip to Albany.

Amtrak to Albany: Take the train to the Albany-Rensselaer (ALB) station. From there either take a private taxi or CDTA bus to the Empire State Plaza.

Driving to Albany: Parking is available under the Empire State Plaza. Cost is $2/hour and paid with a credit card. To get to the ESP take 1-787 to the South Mall Arterial exit. After parking take the elevator to the concourse level. The Legislative Office Building is accessible from there. Food and restrooms are available on the concourse level as well.

Remember to check your pockets before your lock your car and leave behind anything that might be construed to be a weapon; you will be asked to dispose of pocket knives, tools, scissors, etc. as you pass through security. Be respectful with your message and your attire; wear business casual dress; no camo. A neat shirt and slacks, with or without a jacket, will send the message that you should be taken seriously.




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