Those who seek to restrict our Second Amendment rights have had a tough decade or so. Virtually all momentum on federal gun control proposals has halted and, in fact, several have been reversed. In 2004, the so-called “assault weapons” ban was allowed to expire as it proved to be a miserable failure and the Supreme Court has forced every state (including Washington, D.C.) to provide a means of facilitating concealed carry, whether they want to or not.
The new frontier of anti-Second Amendment vigor, however, is not on the federal level, but on a state level. Several states remain tremendously hostile to Second Amendment advocates and as they encounter resistance, they are prone to turning to intimidation tactics to try and suppress rights.
That, it seems, is backfiring, too.
On Thursday, a New York state judge ruled that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has 30 days to turn over documents related to the alleged thug tactics employed by state officials who sought to intimidate Second Amendment supporters at a Second Amendment rally last year.
The group who brought forth the action, Shooters Committee On Political Education (SCOPE), maintain that Cuomo enacted rules and policies that were custom-tailored to allow for state troopers to disrupt the Second Amendment rally put-on by the group at the state capitol.
New York State Assemblyman David DiPietro told WGRZ-TV, “I was there, and it was total intimidation. That was done by the governor on purpose to try and intimidate people.”
The rally was attended by 3,000 patriots- including 2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump- and during the rally, troopers actively intimidated attendees and seized non-working replica guns, literature and promotional material in direct violation of the First Amendment (and possibly Fourth Amendment).
SCOPE had sought information about the justification for the troopers’ actions and filed a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain documents related to the unlawful order. However, the Cuomo administration claimed attorney-client privilege and refused to release the documents.
The judge, however, has ordered the release of the documents within the next 30 days. Cuomo’s spokesperson maintains that Cuomo intends to appeal the decision.
SCOPE made waves in May after they won a lawsuit that forced New York to relinquish documents regarding the state’s gun registration.
New York is a state that remains remarkably hostile to the fundamental right that protects all the others. In the aftermath of Sandy Hook, state Democrats collaborated with state RINOs to gruesomely capitalize upon the national grief over the loss of innocent children and rammed-through a haphazard anti-Second Amendment package. New York’s “SAFE Act” was so flawed and hurried, the state had forgotten to craft provisions for law enforcement officers and the law had to be legislatively tweeked in order to allow New York’s police officers to carry their service weapons.
It seems that not only is the Cuomo administration outwardly hostile to the Second Amendment; they are hostile to the First Amendment as well.
However, while the wheels of justice turn slowly, even New York’s emperor Cuomo must bow to the court’s decision and this will serve as a tremendous victory for Second Amendment supporters in the Empire State.