New York State Rifle and Pistol Association President Tom King says
Senator Marchione’s “record as a defender of the Second Amendment is extraordinary,” hails her as being at “the forefront of opposition” to the unconstitutional SAFE Act
Senator Kathleen A. Marchione (R,C-Halfmoon) has been named a “Legislator of the Year” by the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association in recognition of her being a strong and fearless voice for preserving and protecting the Second Amendment rights of all New Yorkers – and for her strong opposition to the unconstitutional SAFE Act.
The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association (NYSRPA) is the state’s largest – and America’s oldest – firearms advocacy organization. Since 1871, the NYSRPA has been dedicated to the preservation of Second Amendment rights, firearm safety, education and training, and the shooting sports. NYSRPA has 10,000-plus members, consisting of individuals and clubs throughout the state, is a not-for-profit 501(c)4 organization and is also the official NRA-affiliated State Association in New York.
New York State Rifle and Pistol Association President Tom King said, “Senator Marchione’s record as a defender of the Second Amendment is extraordinary. As the Saratoga County Clerk she consistently advocated for the rights of pistol permit holders and as Senator she has been at the forefront of the wave of opposition to the unconstitutional NY SAFE Act. The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association is honored to select this steadfast patriot as a Legislator of the Year.”
“I am incredibly honored to have been selected by the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association as a ‘Legislator of the Year.’ This recognition is something that I will always treasure. Standing up for the Second Amendment, and opposing unconstitutional gun control laws, have been, and remain, top priorities for me. Our right to keep and bear arms truly is America’s ‘first freedom’ that makes all of our other freedoms possible, which is why I have fought so hard to preserve and protect the Second Amendment,” Senator Marchione said.
“From the Minutemen at Lexington and Concord, to the patriots today who stand with me, stand for freedom’s cause and believe in our Constitution, the Second Amendment has been a vital part of America’s history and is worth fighting for. I will continue doing my best to oppose any effort that would weaken the rights and liberties of law-abiding New Yorkers that have been guaranteed in our Constitution,” Senator Marchione stated.
Serving in the state Legislature – and just six months into her two-year term – Senator Marchione is already recognized as one of the leading advocates in the critical fight to preserve and protect the right to keep and bear arms. Her pro-Second Amendment voting record, legislative sponsorship and tireless advocacy of the right to keep and bear arms includes the following:
- Voted against the SAFE Act (one of 18 “no” votes in the Senate) and spoke out (one of only two Senators) against the unconstitutional gun control measure on her first full legislative day as a State Senator;
- Launched an on-line petition to repeal the unconstitutional SAFE Act the day after the Senate’s vote, petition has received 128,307 signatures thus far, approximately 95 percent of which have come from New York State;
- Introduced the first SAFE Act repeal legislation (Senate Bill S.3948), to remove the unconstitutional provisions of the SAFE Act and protect gun owners;
- Introduced two bills in the State Senate that would completely repeal the SAFE Act: (Senate Bill S.5591, companion to legislation introduced in the Assembly by David DiPietro, Assembly Bill A.6238, and Senate Bill S.5648, companion to legislation introduced in the Assembly by Steve Katz, Assembly Bill A.5955);
- Introduced legislation (Senate Bill S.5221), that would provide up to a $500 State Tax Credit for the purchase of a gun safe to make gun safes more affordable;
- Co-sponsoring legislation (Senate Bill S.4599, introduced by Senator Patty Ritchie) that would enshrine the people’s Right to Keep and Bear Arms in the New York State Constitution to further protect our “First Freedom”; and
- Filing an “Amicus Brief” – “Friend of the Court” – in support of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association’s lawsuit against the SAFE Act, this brief will be filed by the end of June.
Senator Marchione proudly shares her NYSRPA Legislator of the Year honors with her Capital Region colleague, New York State Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Melrose), who represents the 107th Assembly District and has been a steadfast and strong supporter of the Second Amendment, and a vocal opponent of the SAFE Act.