Gun Owners Furious Over Proposed Firearm Insurance Policy

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#1 Mar 3, 2013
Rochester, NY-- A bill being tossed around in Albany has gun owners fired up.
It would require any firearms owner to have a liability insurance policy of at least one million dollars.
The legislation is a two house bill which is required if a proposal has any shot of passing.
Gun owners say it's both outrageous and unnecessary.
"I wish they'd get off of our backs," expressed Local SCOPE Board Member, Ken Mathison.
It's been introduced by down state democrat, Assemblyman Felix Ortiz.
Assemblyman Bill Nojay's district spans across Monroe, Livingston, and Steuben counties.
He opposes the proposal.
"You got these NYC politicians who want to tell us what to eat, how to live our lives, what we can own, you just wish these folks would go back to Brooklyn, or the Bronx, or where ever they came from and leave us alone."
Mathison sees it as another regulation tactic.
"That's the purpose of the whole thing is to discourage people from owning guns."
According to the legislation, the policy would cover damages from "any negligent or willful act involving the firearm."
"Willful misuse or negligent can always be construed as illegal and no insurance company is going to be forced to pay up on an illegal act," said Mathison.
The cost to gun owners is unknown.
"We don't know because nobody currently offers that insurance policy," Mathison answered. "It's not necessary anywhere else. We don't know what the cost would be."
Currently, a fire arm doesn't require insurance. Any gun related accident on your own property is typically covered under homeowners or renters insurance. Accidents elsewhere are considered a civil matter.
The bill has been kicked around for years and never gone anywhere.
Although, according to Nojay, that doesn't mean it couldn't surface again this session.
"Nobody is laughing at things anymore no matter how ridiculous they sound."
Calls to Assemblyman Ortiz's office were not returned. Governor Andrew Cuomo knew nothing about the legislation when asked about it during his stop in Rochester several weeks ago.- See more at:

The cost has been estimated to be around $2200.00 per year per policy to start then add on additional guns.

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#3 Mar 3, 2013
I have never in my life promoted violence but I will say.If the nut cases really want to make names for themselves they should be targeting the law makers who submit or support laws taking rights away from the law abiding citizens.Not innocent children and and first responders.

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#5 Mar 3, 2013
Hopefully the liberal news rag that printed the names and addresses of all legal gun owners will give equal time and print the names and addresses of the Democrats trying to take away the rights of legal law abiding citizens.

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#7 Mar 3, 2013
If these liberal law makers are so concerned about guns and safety. When will they protect the law abiding citizens that they always target?

How about this

Get caught using an illegal gun while committing a crime, any crime. Automatic life in prison, no parole, no plea bargains.
Life first offence.

Common liberals explain why you are hard on the law abiding but soft on the law breakers?

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#8 Mar 4, 2013
Popular Standard Shotgun Could Be Banned Under Proposed Bill

After what feels like a little bit of a lull in the gun debate because of the sequester, state lawmakers are back at it trying to limit second amendment rights. In Colorado lawmakers are now trying to limit what kind of guns one can own. And it’s not the “assault” weapons that everyone has been talking about. Remember how the President said he didn’t want to keep people from hunting and how he released the photo of him shooting a gun?

Well now these Colorado state lawmakers want to ban the state’s most popular hunting shotgun. This new bill has been moving quickly through the state Capitol, it has already passed the House and Governor Hickenlooper has already said he would sign it.“A pump or semi-automatic shotgun is the gun most hunters in Colorado use. It’s a gun state Sen. Greg Brophy, R-Wray,” says could be banned under the new law.

Brophy says if Democrats succeed in passing a bill limiting large capacity magazines in Colorado, they’ll outlaw the most popular selling firearm for hunting.

“Hundreds of thousands of pheasant hunters are probably going to be carrying around a gun they won’t be able to replace after July 1 this year,” he said.

Brophy points to a section of the bill that defines a high-capacity magazine as one capable of accepting or — that can be readily converted — to accept more than 15 rounds or eight shotgun shells.

Not only does this law limit the purchase of these guns, but also has limits of what you can do with the gun.

“The law is specific as of July 1. You can keep it, but only if you maintain continuous possession of it,” Brophy said.“If it breaks, you can’t give to a gunsmith even to fix it. You can’t hand it to your son to use. It’s all now outlawed because of this 1224, the bill that Gov. Hickenlooper says he’s going to sign … this is most extreme thing anybody’s ever done related to firearms.”

There are 7 gun bills to be discussed on the Senate floor this week, so it is yet to be seen if this will make it through. There is an amendment being discussed, but no word as to whether it will make it into the final bill or if it will go to the Senate floor as is.

Let the revolution begin.

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