Jenne should consider revision to SAFE Act

It seems there is a new headline daily telling of dire consequences of some action of President Donald Trump.

Sometimes it’s merely reversing an executive action enacted by President Barack Obama in his final days in office. Protests and hate speech against President Trump unprecedented in modern times are a daily occurrence.

“Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence.”

These words were spoken by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963. The tribulations facing anti-Trump protesters are nothing compared to what Rev. King faced in 1963.

Many who celebrate diversity in ethnicity and lifestyle are the least tolerant to diversity in thought or personal values and will be the first to attack a person with a different opinion or claim to be offended rather than consider the merits of that opinion. Evidence of this will likely be found on the Watertown Daily Times website in response to this letter.

These hate-filled attacks have carried over to elected officials, discouraging them from holding open forums. Assemblywoman Addie Jenne and her opponents spoke to Shooters Committee on Political Education members during the campaign last year.

She was treated respectfully and thanked for her participation, even though her vote for the SAFE Act was seen by many gun owners as impugning their character. Assemblywoman Jenne has been asked to support Assembly Bill A06140, which would limit application of the SAFE Act to New York City. Ms. Jenne has shown acceptance to consider regional differences by co-sponsoring bills concerning zone pricing of fuel and tax credits for upstate reinvestment zones, even for providing free feminine hygiene products to some rural schools.

The assemblywoman has yet to respond to requests for her support of this bill despite having much more time to consider it than the SAFE Act. An indication of her intention would be greatly appreciated.

Michael Bell

Cape Vincent

NY Oath Keepers Annual Awards Dinner



Please join us on the evening of June 24th as we honor some of our fellow citizens, who at one or more times in their lives, have taken an Oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. By their individual actions, our award winners have lived up to their Oaths to protect and defend our Liberty, Freedoms and unalienable rights given to us by God, which are also enumerated in the U.S. Constitution. This is Our Time to Stand Up and be counted! This is Our Time to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and this is Our Time to acknowledge and honor the actions of those who are fighting the good fight to reclaim our precious Liberty in America, including New York State.


The New York Oath Keepers will be hosting our THIRD ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER this year in order to honor defenders of the U.S. and NYS Constitutions.

DATE: June 24, 2017

PLACE: ALBANY MARRIOTT, 189 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12205

TIME: 6:00pm Reception – 7:00pm Dinner

COST: $75.00 per Person





New York Oath Keepers Annual Dinner

Oath Keepers standing by their oath to protect and defend the Constitution.



Given to individuals who have given decades of their lives to protecting and defendng the U.S. Constitution and the New York State Constitution.

KRISANNE HALL – KrisAnne Hall is a disabled veteran of the U.S. Army, a Russian linguist, a mother, a pastor’s wife and a patriot. She now travels the country teaching the Constitution and the history that gave us our founding documents 265 days a year and does so at her own expense. KrisAnne is an attorney and former prosecutor, who was fired after refusing to follow her employers order to stop teaching the Constitution to TEA Party groups – she would not sacrifice liberty for a paycheck. KrisAnne has also worked for a law firm defending religious liberty and First Amendment rights. She hosts the “KrisAnne Hall Show”, where she defends Constitutional principles and educates her listeners about their Constitutional rights. KrisAnne has authored the book “Not a Living Breathing Document: Reclaiming Our Constitution”, and the DVD series “The Roots of Liberty: The Historic Foundations of The Bill of Rights” and “Bedtime Stories for Budding Patriots” and “Essential Stories for Junior Patriots.”KrisAnne has received numerous awards for her patriotic efforts: the “Freedom Fighter Award” presented by Americans for Prosperity, the “Certificate of Achievement” from the Sons of the Revolution for her defense of Liberty, and the “Congressman James Blair Award” for Defending the Constitution, to name a few. KrisAnne speaks to audiences all across the country about Constitutional History, American Exceptionalism, and the Fight for Liberty. Her passion and enthusiasm is contagious and she is able to inspire any group. She is a steadfast warrior in the Liberty movement. KrisAnne has provided many years of dedicated service to protecting and defending the United States Constitution, and for that reason, New York State Oath Keepers is proud to honor her with its 2017 Eagle Award. 

Given to individuals who, by their demonstrated leadership abilities in the Constitutional and Liberty movement, have been able to inspire and organize their fellow citizens to protect snd defend the U.S. Constitution against attacks by the state and federal governments.

PALOMA CAPANNA – Paloma Capanna is an Attorney and Policy Analyst who handles civil rights cases involving the Second Amendment in federal and state courts. Her cases often involve the Second Amendment at the intersection of privacy, due process, equal protection, property, and freedoms of speech and religion. She has been the leader in the fight against the New York Safe Act and views the Second Amendment as the modern civil rights movement. Paloma has a unique combination of expertise, perfectly suited for law and public policy analysis. An attorney in private practice for more than 20-years and a prior candidate for public office, Paloma delivers value-added thought leadership. Among her current projects, Paloma is representing Empire State Arms Collectors in the filing of Amicus Briefs in federal litigation. Other of her current clients include the Second Amendment Radio Show, SCOPE, Gun Owners of America, and Orchid Advisors. Paloma is also the architect of the “Civil Rights Restoration Act,” a new bill that was recently introduced in the NYS Assembly and Senate. The bill is supported by the newly-formed chapter of Gun Owners of America – New York as well as the New York Oath Keepers and it is designed to secure equal rights and privileges for gun owners in New York that are enjoyed by everyone else. 

Given to a New York State Sheriff who understands the grave implications of our eroding Constitutional protections under both our federal and state governments, including fighting against Second Amendment attacks under the New York Safe Act and fighting the designation of organizations like the New York Oath Keepers as right wing extremists simply because they oppose unconstitutional laws and acts by the federal and state governments. 

SHERIFF GREGORY R. SEELEY – Sheriff Gregory R. Seeley is a lifelong resident of Greene County and joined the Greene County Sheriff’s Office in 1984. Beginning his career as a deputy, he advanced through civil service testing to the rank of sergeant and later to the rank of lieutenant. He is the first deputy in Greene County history to work his way through the ranks to sheriff. Over the past nine years, Sheriff Seeley has launched the department’s first 24 hour patrol; installed satellite stations across the county to ensure faster patrol response times; created a Crime Scene Investigation Unit,Special Response Team, Dive Team, ATV Patrol and Snowmobile Patrol; and obtained numerous vehicles and patrol equipment through the aid of grants. Under his leadership, the Sheriff’s Office has also formed a K9 Unit that currently consists of two deputies and their award-winning K9 partners. The K9 Unit is funded through community donations and seizures from drug convictions.

Sheriff Seeley has been a strong supporter of the New York Oath Keepers since we were formed in 2009. He is an unwavering and vocal proponent of the Second Amendment who stands behind every American’s right to bear arms. Sheriff Seeley supports several aspects of the NY SAFE ACT, including allowing license pistol permit holders to keep information private and confidential; and that portion of the law which enhances penalties for killing of first responders — firefighters and emergency medical services — by making it first degree murder, requiring life without parole. Seeley has stated, many times, publically that he stands with the people and will do everything in his power to uphold their constitutional rights. Sheriff Seeley said that as Sheriff he represents all the people in Greene County and he has taken an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of New York, and he will continue to protect the rights of all citizens, including those rights guaranteed by those constitutions. 


Given to an individual who by his or her actions has done more to destroy the unalienable rights of the people, divide America by class and race, to destroy the constitutional limits on government as outlined in the U.S. Constitution, while at the same time implementing many of tenets of the ‘Communist Manifesto’ (as written by Karl Marx and Frederich Engels) into our Republic.


NOTE: There are a couple of real good candidates for this award at the State and Federal level in 2017, but the recipient’s identity will be kept a secret until the night of the dinner.





For the Republic,

John W. Wallace
President – New York Oath Keepers
Cell: 518-441-5139

Jefferson-Lewis SCOPE Chapter will be represented at the Jefferson County Fair

Jefferson County Fair Administrators relent- Jefferson-Lewis SCOPE Chapter will be represented at the Jefferson County Fair

By Dave Petteys, Vice Chair Jefferson-Lewis SCOPE


This is to notify the general membership of SCOPE  that in 2016 the Jefferson County Fair Administration conducted a running battle with our Jefferson-Lewis SCOPE Chapter during the 2016 Fair Season and refused to grant us a vendor’s slot claiming we were not welcome at the Fair because of what we were and what we represented. They cited that the issue of guns being too  controversial for a County Fair venue and implied we were only there to market guns. Throughout the remainder of 2016 we lobbied and made a lot of noise in the press and recently reapplied for the 2017 Fair venue. As a result of our chapter’s dedication, hard work and perseverance, the Fair board has relented and will permit us to participate as a vendor at the nearly weeklong event. Our treasurer, Mark Houghtaling did a wonderful job of shepherding our application through a minefield of bureaucracy to deliver a win for our chapter and for the 2nd amendment rights of all Jefferson County residents.

A second issue of concern to Jefferson-Lewis SCOPE was a recent letter from the Rotary International Organization claiming that the International Organization could not any longer support activities involving firearms. This was a head turner for us because the Gun Show in Clayton NY,  which we always participate in, is hosted by the local Clayton Rotary which is a subset of Rotary International. Mark’s letter clarifies the position of the Clayton Gun Show promoters and is very welcome news for our Chapter.

So, two kudos to SCOPE’s Jefferson-Lewis’s Chapter and our newly elected Treasurer,  Mark Houghtaling. We are lucky to have him and he serves as a model all SCOPE members should strive to be like. Mark is an action oriented guy and believes that each of us must push the limits if we want to preserve our rights.  Remember, It’s the squeaky wheel that gets the grease so always hold your ground and do not back down.

So here is Mark’s letter to our Chapter Core group which reads as follows:

“Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is my distinct privilege to inform you that I received an email from Jeff Wise, the Fair Concessions Manager, stating that we have been approved to attend the Fair.  Furthermore, they have granted permission to conduct a firearms raffle, as long as no firearms are present.  I have the contract and will get it filled out.  The cost will be $150 for the double space I requested (10’x20′).  We will also need to provide a liability insurance form in the amount of $1M.

I will get signup sheets ready and bring them to the meetings.  We need a bunch of people to fill the time slots.

Additionally, I contacted the Rotary in Clayton concerning the August gun show.  That show WILL go on as planned.  They have thumbed their nose (so to speak) at the International Office.  The man I wrote to is a life NRA member and active in 2nd Amendment activities



Mark Houghtaling, Treasurer Jefferson Lewis SCOPE”