Press Release – Jenne Ignores Constituents

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Assemblywoman Jenne Ignores Constituents’ Request

Watertown, New York – September 26th, 2017

In March of this year, the Jefferson-Lewis County chapter of SCOPE (Shooters Committee On Political Education) asked attendees of the Great Outdoor Expo to sign a letter, asking Assemblywoman Addie Jenne if she would co-sponsor Assembly Bill A6140.

A6140, introduced by Assemblyman Marc Butler, would amend the law and “Limits the application of the “safe act” to the counties of Kings, Queens, Richmond, New York and Bronx.”

225 signatures were obtained and two letters were sent to Assemblywoman Jenne’s office, one with the original signatures and one sent by then chapter vice-chairman, John Elwood.

Mr. Elwood waited for a few weeks for a response before checking with Jenne’s staff. At the time they informed him that they were very busy with the legislative session and would reply to him when the session was over. When he did not get a response after the session had ended, he followed up several times and was told each time that a reply would be forthcoming. To date, no response has been received by Mr. Elwood or any of the signers.

“Regardless of what the subject of the bill is, the people are owed an answer within a reasonable amount of time,” said Bruce Kingsley, Jefferson-Lewis SCOPE Chairman.

“The fact that we cannot get a simple YES or NO answer from our elected representative, after patiently waiting over 6 months, is a problem.” he said.

The chapter is still awaiting a reply from Assemblywoman Jenne.

SCOPE, Shooters Committee on Political Education, is a statewide 501(c)4 organization, 100% member funded, and dedicated to education about and preserving the 2nd amendment rights for the residents of New York State. SCOPE was founded in 1965 and has over 35 chapters and committees throughout New York State, including New York City.

For more information:

Bruce Kingsley, Chairman – Jefferson/Lewis SCOPE – 315-649-3424

Shooters Committee On Political Education

http://www.jefflewisscope.org/

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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

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Respectfully,

Mark Houghtaling, Treasurer Jefferson Lewis SCOPE”

Press Release – SCOPE not Welcome at Fair

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

SCOPE not Welcome at the 2016 Jefferson County Fair

 

Watertown, New York – July 8th, 2016

 

Yesterday, the 2016 Jefferson County Fair committee informed the Jefferson/Lewis County chapter of Shooter’s Committee on Political Education (SCOPE), an organization dedicated to educating the citizens of New York State about their 2nd Amendment rights, that their application for a table at the Jefferson County fair was not approved.  The reason given by a spokesperson from the fair was, “guns were controversial”.    This is the first time the three year old chapter has requested a display booth at the Jefferson County fair.

SCOPE’s main mission is to educate the public on firearms legislation and 2nd Amendment issues, both in New York and nationally.  This year alone, there were 159 firearm bills introduced in the New York State legislature.  Some were issues that SCOPE supported, but many more were aimed at further restricting the rights of lawful gun owners.  

“Education is paramount to maintaining our 2nd Amendment rights and it is being stymied by the administration of the Jefferson County fair.” said chapter Chairman Dan Tyner  


Coordination for obtaining a booth has been on-going since January, 2016, but just five (5) days before the fair begins, the Jefferson County fair administration notified Jefferson/Lewis County Chapter of SCOPE of the rejection of its application.  

Vice-chairman of Jefferson/Lewis SCOPE,  John Elwood said, “An informed public listening to both sides of a debate makes better decisions.  The fair’s decision to blunt public education because the administration thinks gun are controversial is Un-American.”

 

It should be noted that for many, many years, the Jefferson County Fair has allowed games using simulated guns on the midway that brought many smiles to people’s faces when they won a prize. Apparently playing games with guns is acceptable, but educating the public about them is not.

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Jefferson/Lewis SCOPE plans to maintain booths at both the Lewis fair scheduled 19-24 July and the Boonville Field Days on 19-21 August.  Jefferson/Lewis SCOPE has been welcomed as a participant in the Lewis County Fair and has had a float in their parade for the past 2 years.

 

SCOPE, Shooters Committee on Political Education, is a statewide 501(c)4 organization, 100% member funded, and dedicated to education about and preserving the 2nd amendment rights for the residents of New York State.  SCOPE was founded in 1965 and has over 35 chapters and committees throughout New York State, including New York City.

For more information:

John Elwood, Vice Chairman – Jefferson/Lewis SCOPE – 315-767-7782

 

http://www.scopeny.org/

http://www.jefflewisscope.org/

 

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