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May 17, 2011 - 5:44pm

Hawley opposes new mandates on firearms producers

posted by Howard B. Owens in Steve Hawley.

Press release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,I,C – Batavia) recently voiced his opposition to Assembly Bill 1157, which would place new mandates on firearms producers through the process of microstamping. The bill would require companies to add expensive new technology leaving imprinted marks on discharged rounds which could lead to the loss of jobs and increased costs to Western New York’s sportsmen.

“Placing onerous, costly mandates on New York’s business owners fails to increase public safety and only succeeds in giving these job-creators another reason to pack up and leave New York,” said Hawley. “Furthermore, as costs rise for arms producers, so will the prices of their products, passing the cost on down to our proud sportsmen exercising their 2nd Amendment right to bear arms in a safe manner. If we want to address gun safety, we should be aiming to remove illegal, unregistered guns from our community, rather than burdening the business owners and sportsmen that are properly utilizing this equipment.”

Hawley has consistently voted against prior legislation seeking to impose microstamping mandates against arms producers.

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Guns don't kill people, people kill people. The only ones not impacted are criminals. Lawful and legal gun owners are not reckless with their weapons. Genesee County is one of the hardest counties in NYS to obtain a personal proctection permit, 3 tries, 3 years, 1 article 78 and I'm in law enforcement, and now this. The cost is already outrageous due to fear of restrictions from NYS and Federal Government. This will only add to it.
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This law would effectively end new firearm sales in NY. No firearm manufacturer is going to make changes to their product line to appease one state of customers. They would just stop selling in this state.
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Thanks Steve
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We just payed over $10,000.00 in tax payer dollars for the flawed COBIS technology which in the ten years plus that it was around only produced 2 hits. Hey that wasted money could have been used to fix our deteriorating bridges and roads oh well now when we really need it we complain we dont have it. So now when we need the money for infrastructure were going to spend it again on another flawed technology? Boy sounds smart to me. NOT!!! Its another piece of feel good technology that makes me want to puke! You have Senator Schumer saying he wants the Remington plant to stay in NY state to keep NY jobs. Yet Remington would have to leave to comply with state laws as they have just recently started producing a series of Colt .45 clones and the added cost of the proposed flawed technology would force them out of state as they could not afford to sell the guns they make in NY to NY state permit holders without the costly technology. Bye bye Remington, Bye bye U.S. Chrome whom chome lines the barrels of Remington shotguns,rifles and the new .45 clones. And then theres Remington ammunition that will have to be made or sold in gun friendly states only does anyone with half a brain see a downward trend here? No wonder no one wants to do buisness in NY you just cant! But Senator Schumer will sleep well in his penthouse while jobs are outsourcing and the good working people of NY are losing their jobs as a result!
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>> This law would effectively end new firearm sales in NY. Move to another state and have yourself counted there, otherwise there's no point in maintaining a pro-gun vote. You'll be "out-gunned" as compared to the downstate interests.
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Mr. Hawley is to be commended for his vote on this legislation. He did the right thing to vote to protect our freedom and to support our sportsmen who hunt, not just for pleasure, but also for food. The need to hunt for food seems likely to increase in the current economic times. If Mr. Hawley truly wants to support sportsmen and local people in their quest to make a living here, he should also be rethinking his support of the STAMP project in Alabama, which is a town in Genesee County. We might have the right to bear arms in our county now, but has anyone given thought to what the reaction of 9,000 non-rural STAMP-job holders will be to the sight of a pickup truck parked by the side of the road, unloading four guys in camo clothes, carrying shotguns? They will call the SWAT team! Not just the people of Alabama, but all of the residents of Genesee County should be thinking of the no-too-distant practical impacts of importing thousands of non-rural people to our area. The freedoms to live a rural lifestyle that we take for granted will be denied us when the non-rural yuppies start to howl about the things we do. Mr. Hawley should be using his considerable influence at the town and county levels to promote local businesses who will hire local people and help local people prosper, rather than allowing our tax dollars to go to international and foreign companies. Mr. Hawley has influence--he should be using it!
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To late Lorna, ask any hunter out there how many of their hunting opportunities they have lost in the last 10 years or so.Just listen to the police scanner during hunting season. As an example,it wasn't too may years ago a local school was put on "lock down" becasue a fully camoflaged hunter during spring time turkey season was walking along the road in front of the school on his way home.

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