Jim Russell Supports 2nd Amendment Rights
My opponent, Nita Lowey, is one of the worst “gun grabbers” in Congress with an “F” Rating from the NRA, as reported by On The Issues.
She has consistently voted to restrict our constitutional right to bear arms and was a co-sponsor of the Assault Weapons Ban Reauthorization Act of 2007, which I would repeal.
As reported by OpenCongress.org:
- Nita Lowey cosponsored H.R. 1312 (Assault Weapons Ban and Law Enforcement Protection Act of 2005) on June 17, 2005.
- Nita Lowey cosponsored H.R. 1022 (Assault Weapons Ban Reauthorization Act of 2007) on March 15, 2007.
“While widely recognized today as a major political force and as America’s foremost defender of Second Amendment rights, the National Rifle Association (NRA) has, since its inception, been the premier firearms education organization in the world. But our successes would not be possible without the tireless efforts and countless hours of service our nearly three million members have given to champion Second Amendment rights and support NRA programs. Nita Lowey scores an ‘F’ on pro-gun rights policies,” Nita Lowey on Gun Control as reported by On The Issues.
- Gun Owners of America give Nita Lowey a score of “F minus” on pro-gun rights.
- Gun Owners of America give Jim Russell a score of “A” on pro-gun rights.
BY Abby Luby | DAILY NEWS WRITER
Friday, September 3rd 2010
With the echo of the Supreme Court decision upholding the Second Amendment right to bear arms still ringing in their ears, they want the county to stop scrutinizing applicants for permits and licenses. Scott Sommavilla, president of the Westchester County Firearm Owners Association, criticized police for using “no-knock” (if need be) search warrants issued by local judges. The warrants allow police to enter homes – by force if needed – to verify weapons listed on permit applications are safely stored. “This is an invasion of privacy and denies a gun owner’s civil rights,” charged Sommavilla, who met Monday with county legislators and state Supreme Court Justice Alan Scheinkman to review the county’s gun law. Legislator Tom Abinanti (D-Greenburgh), who authored the law 10 years ago, called the searches prudent in cases in which owners had more than five guns. “It bears on judges to issue handgun licenses and additional permits. They want to know what the circumstances are, how the guns are stored,” Abinanti said. Unlike New York City, which requires renewal of gun licenses and permits every two years, Westchester requires it every five years. The U.S. Supreme Court ruling also upheld the right to possess a firearm inside a person’s home for self-defense. But the county is sticking to its gun storage law, which mandates the use of trigger locks or that guns be stored in a locked space. Some gun owners say the rules make it impossible for them to defend themselves. Charles Timlin, who, with his wife Rita, owns the RT Smoke & Gun gun shop in Mount Vernon, said the county law favors criminals. “If my home is being invaded by a criminal carrying an illegal gun, do I ask him to wait so I can unlock my gun and protect my family, or do I get killed?” he asked. Timlin’s shop requires gun permit applicants to take classes and be fingerprinted, photographed and investigated by police. “The problem is that the criminal doesn’t have to lock up anything, but the person who’s not a criminal – the legal firearm owner who goes through all the testing – is the one who is always the target,” he said. Westchester Legislator Martin Rogowsky (D-Harrison), chairman of the county’s Public Safety & Security Committee, said regardless of the Supreme Court ruling, Westchester will not change its gun law. “The game plan is to do nothing. The laws on our books are lawful. Why should we play judge on a law that we voted for?”