Op-Ed: Gunfight at the N.Y. Corral

Op-Ed: Gunfight at the N.Y. Corral

by CHUCK MALLOY/Special to The Press It might seem strange for an Idaho congressman to get involved with gun laws in New York. But it’s not surprising when that congressman is Russ Fulcher, who will dive into almost anything when he thinks that Second Amendment rights are at stake. Fulcher has joined a host of House Republicans who, along with the New York Rifle and Pistol Association, are challenging the state’s restrictive licensing regulations. “It is deeply upsetting to hear about how New York, and not just New York but many other states as well, have begun to chip away at one of our most fundamental rights — the right to defend ourselves and our families,” Fulcher says. The domino theory comes into play here as far as gun advocates are concerned. Any number of states could follow what New York does with gun laws. But the situation with the licensing laws (pardon the pun) is “small potatoes” compared to what’s happening with the National Rifle Association in New York. Attorney General Letitia James was elected in 2018 on the promise to bring down the NRA and she’s made life uncomfortable for the powerful lobbying organization. She has challenged (among other things) the NRA’s non-profit status and the NRA has responded with a slew of measures to ensure its house is in order. But court activity is a long way from being over. According to Andrew Arulanandam, a longtime spokesman for the lobbying organization, there are other forces working […]

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