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Updates from NYSTPBA President Tom Mungeer -

NYSTPBA Newsletter Updates from NYSTPBA President Tom Mungeer SCOTUS Decision - New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen In a much-anticipated decision, by a vote of 6-3 the United States Supreme Court has struck down a New York law that required people to show "proper cause" to obtain a concealed carry pistol permit. The high court ruled that "New York’s proper-cause requirement violates the Fourteenth Amendment by preventing law-abiding citizens with ordinary self-defense needs from exercising their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms in public for self-defense." Besides New York, California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island are also expected to be directly affected by the ruling. As the Governor is expected to call for a special session of the Legislature to address this issue, we’ll have to wait and see what our legislators do in this chess match…although the SCOTUS decision seems to have turned it into a game of checkers. "I could end the skyjackings tomorrow. All you gotta do is arm all your passengers. If they know the passengers are armed, they know they have no more superiority there.” - Carroll O’Connor as Archie Bunker in the sitcom “All in the Family” NYSTPBA in the News I was quoted in a recent Albany Times Union article regarding the surge in the number of Red Flag Law "extreme risk protection orders" being filed by State Police in the wake of an executive order issued by Gov. Kathy Hochul last month. It turns out that many of these cases are being dismissed because the Attorney General’s Office maintains that their office “will not represent (State Police) in these proceedings" although a later comment was issued that they are "re-examining this issue and considering using every possible tool to ensure red flag laws are executed and firearms kept away from dangerous individuals." Thomas Mungeer, president of the New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association, said the governor's recent executive order was "a knee-jerk reaction" that created "logistical and administrative problems that will take time to work through." "Most of the burden rests on the men and women of the New York State Police, who proudly wear their gray uniforms and protect the citizens of New York state every day," Mungeer added. "It is our understanding that with the increased workload, the necessary resources were not allocated to the New York State Police. Reminder The trial against Deyanna Davis, the woman who recklessly drove through a police blockade on June 1, 2020 during the Buffalo riot - severely injuring one of our members, Trooper Ron Ensminger - is set to start on July 11. She faces two counts of assault in the first degree as a result of her indictment a year ago. As this is a public forum, anyone who is not a part of the case and is not going to testify is welcome to attend and support Ron. Another Republican Primary Gubernatorial Debate The highlight of the third and final Republican Primary gubernatorial debate was Lee Zeldin’s attack on Andrew Giuliani and his veiled reference that Giuliani has never held a “real” job. For somebody whose claim to fame is Chris Farley making fun of him on Saturday Night Live for being an obnoxious kid, who ends up becoming more obnoxious and gets kicked off the Duke golf team,” Zeldin told Giuliani. “And then basically gets the position as the Chick-Fil-A runner at the White House outranked by the White House Easter Egg Bunny ...” The tirade, which caused conservative talk show host Bob Lonsberry to state that Zeldin appeared to “come off like an unstable third-grader,” was eventually drowned out by a chorus of both boos and cheering. Segue to the latest polling before the June 28 Primary…. SurveyUSA Poll Democratic Primary Gov. Hochul – 54% Tom Suozzi – 18% Jumaane Williams- 11% Undecided – 17% Republican Primary Lee Zeldin – 25% Andrew Giuliani – 23% Harry Wilson – 13% Rob Astorino – 8% Undecided – 31% The same poll shows Governor Hochul with a commanding general election lead of more than 20 points against either Zeldin or Giuliani. This all will be academic next Tuesday and then the real fun begins. “I am very proud of my Daddy's name although his kind of music and mine ain't exactly the same.” - Hank Williams Jr. “I’m very proud of my name. People would say, well, with the famous last name, it’s easy to run in politics. I would tell you with a name like Andrew [as in, Cuomo], it's very difficult to be the leading candidate for governor in a Republican primary.” - Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Andrew Giuliani  East Coast – West Coast Progressive Prosecution Failures East Coast A 34-year-old “professional” NYC shoplifter is the new poster child for the failure of bail reform in this state. After his latest arrest this week - his 50th this year – for petit larceny for shoplifting and criminal possession of a controlled substance, he was released on his own recognizance. He is no stranger to the legal system as he has two felonies and 29 misdemeanor convictions to his credit as well as 20 missed court appearances. Incredibly, before this latest arrest and despite the number of arrests this year alone, he does not have any open cases currently against him. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg was quoted as saying, “We cannot accept a system where individuals who shoplift again and again cycle in and out of jail, just to shoplift again.’’ Well Mr. DA, how about removing the revolving door and prosecuting these individuals? West Coast The man who shot and killed two El Monte Police Officers, Michael Paredes and Joseph Santana, as they responded to a domestic violence call, was already on probation for illegal possession of firearms. He had been sentenced to three years but received a lenient plea deal in line with Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón’s policies and only served 20 days. The gunman was later shot and killed by police. As a further kick in the nether region, under a 2020 policy implemented by Gascón that funds funeral and burial costs for “individuals killed by police,” taxpayers might be on the hook. The policy “[The Los Angeles County Bureau of Victim Services] will also contact the families of individuals killed by police and provide support services including funeral, burial and mental health services immediately following the death regardless of the state of the investigation or charging situation.” Although a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office stated that this case “does not qualify for burial assistance from our office,” nothing in the policy seems to preclude it. Quote of the Week “Does the dissent think that laws like New York’s prevent or deter such atrocities? Will a person bent on carrying out a mass shooting be stopped if he knows that it is illegal to carry a handgun outside the home? And how does the dissent account for the fact that one of the mass shootings near the top of its list took place in Buffalo? The New York law at issue in this case obviously did not stop that perpetrator.” - Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, who mocked much of Justice Stephen Breyer’s dissension regarding the recent Second Amendment decision in his solo concurrence. This Week’s Sign that the Apocalypse is Upon Us The Chicago Police Department has issued an updated foot pursuit policy in which police officers are prevented from chasing violators of many lesser crimes or offenses. These include Class B or C misdemeanor offenses (simple assaults, criminal trespass to land), certain traffic offenses (fictitious, altered, suspended, revoked, or unlawful use of license; insurance violations, and other petty traffic violations), ordinance violations (e.g., curfew drinking on the public way) and parking violations. In addition, “The mere act of flight alone by a person will not serve as justification for engaging in a Foot Pursuit. Department members are prohibited from basing an investigatory stop solely on a person’s response to the presence of police, such as a person’s attempt to avoid contact with a Department member or flight,” the policy notes. HR-218 Earlier this week, a federal judge issued a ruling that is favorable to retired police officers who travel through New Jersey who are qualified to carry concealed firearms under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA). United States District Court Judge Zahid N. Quraishi ordered that any qualified law enforcement officer who has the identification and documentation required by LEOSA may carry a concealed firearm and hollow point ammunition in the state of New Jersey without obtaining a Retired Police Officer permit under N.J. law, regardless of their state of residence. The court also ordered that The State of New Jersey is prohibited from arresting and/or prosecuting any Retired Law Enforcement Officer who is considered “qualified” under LEOSA (QRLEO) for carrying a concealed firearm and/or possessing hollow point ammunition and who has not obtained the N.J. RPO Permit, regardless of state of residence or the agency from which they retired. Good Advice “Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.” - Ernest Hemingway This email is an automated notification, which is unable to receive replies. To send a comment to the NYSTPBA, please contact us at

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