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Abinanti Supports Free Press Rights

Assemblyman Tom Abinanti issued this statement opposing the proposal to limit publishing handgun permit information.

In response to the recent legislative proposal designed to limit the information that newspapers can publish regarding New York State handgun permits, Assemblyman Tom Abinanti (D-Greenburgh/Mt. Pleasant) issued the following statement:

All parents should have the right to know whether their neighbor has a gun in thehouse before they let their child go over to play. Contrary to gun owners’ assertions, there is no evidence that publicly identifying gun permit holders increases the likelihood that their weapons will be stolen. The National Rifle Association has traditionally argued that homes are safer when thieves know there's a gun in the house. Further, if a gun owner safely stores a gun as required by Westchester law, then a thief cannot steal it. The NRA is raising this issue to distract public attention from yet another tragedy and the message it sends: There are too many guns too easily available to too many people who would misuse them. I will oppose any effort in the Assembly to limit the First Amendment rights of a free press and the public’s right to know information that is important to them.

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Jaques Strape January 05, 2013 at 02:11 AM
Thank you Comrad Abinanti. Your help to give burglars an easy way to target homes is commendable. I guess you don't agree with the District Attorney who just recently wrote an opinion piece stating that burglars use the online real estate advertisements to rob houses. If a parent wants to know if there's a firearm in the house, ask. Do the due diligence. The website does not show that a household has rifles or shotguns. So guess what, they'll still have to ask. It's not just the NRA arguing this point, it is police officers, White Plains PBA specifically, corrections officers, court officers. YOU ARE PUTTING LIVES AT RISK.
wanda January 05, 2013 at 02:32 AM
VOTE HIM OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I GUESS NO PLAY DATES AT MY HOUSE
John Anderson January 05, 2013 at 02:18 PM
Recently I heard a woman comment "I want to know if my child is going to play in a house where there might be a gun". Are you people really that gullible? Do you not realize that the list only covers licensed pistol owners who, more than likely, take the responsibility to lock up the gun when not being used. What about rifles, shotguns, stun guns, poisons, porn, Rosanne DVD's, fireworks, matches, gasoline, swimming pools, insane nannies and the list goes on and on... there are a lot of things that can harm your child. It is up to the parent to make sure their child is playing in a safe environment. If your neighbor is on the "list", just ask if the gun is secure, go see yourself if need be. I remember as a young teen, a friend finding an ounce of pot stashed in the freezer where she was babysitting, no pistol though, but not a great influence since both of the parents were doctors. The point is, people should not be using the Ct. tragedy to push "their" agenda. You can ban all the guns you want to and make pages and pages of laws, and nothing is going to change, what about dealing with mental health? Just look at the eyes of the Colorado shooter and the Connecticut Shooter, they were gone.
Scott Croft January 05, 2013 at 04:35 PM
With what my seem odd, I am a Westester gun owner and I fully support the Joural News and Mr. Abinati - and I am Republican too boot. The law is the law, and all I seem hearing is the same old NRA Kool-aid. The gun lobby works for an industry whose only goal is to boost profits at the expense of American lives. The status quo needs to change and this discussion is a good start. I refuse to go back to Wild West . I do not want a lot of people walking on the public with guns. Go Jouranl News and Mr. Abinati- you have my vote. You've got a lot more guts than your peers .
Jeanne January 05, 2013 at 05:52 PM
I have to agree with Mr. Croft. Just because someone has a permit, doesn't mean they necessarily have the weapon. Besides, if I were going to break into someone's house, I'd just as soon do it where I am not liable to find myself on the wrong end of a gun. That aside, the childish thinking of the "geniuses" who decided to publish not only the names and addresses of the Journal News employees, but also their photos and any associated websites, was pure retaliation. I can see being upset with the author or editor, but the entire company?? And THIS is who wants to play with guns???
Donald Cupp Jr January 05, 2013 at 08:37 PM
To Scott and Jeanne: You justify this flagrant violation by a "responsible media" and claim to know how criminals will think and act. How about a person who has an order of protection from an ex. They now have information they previously did not, and can use it against them. No harm done says the News. Not yet, you should pray there is none because you will be named as a co-defendant if it does. "A Republican gun owner" with comments like that I bet your not. "Playing with guns" shows your attitude is biased and based on low/no information. Do some reading. The News is biased and vindictive; if they want to play the game they better be prepared to take what they dish out. Why not print some of the 4000 instances that occur every day of gun owners stopping crimes all over the country; that's 2 million a year. Dont hold your breath; it doesn't fit their agenda. Anyone knows; "a gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone". Self defense is not a privelege it's a right. You dont get to pick and choose which parts of the Constitution to uphold or not. The framers were alot wiser than you fortunately.
Donald Cupp Jr January 05, 2013 at 10:33 PM
The overwhelming reaction, by the media and our political leadership, to the Newton tragedy has been to focus on the “problem of guns”. That is very sad considering the far more important issue of mental health which desperately needs our undivided attention. Mental health issues are like dark ominous clouds looming over many devastating events of the past. Imagine if Adam Lanza chose to take bags of gasoline into that school after mapping out a plan to keep everyone inside as he carried out his mayhem? Have we heard any sustained discussion about why this tormented soul did what he did or how as Mr. Obama says, we will act to “make sure it never happens again”? The Journal News has the Right to do what it does under the protection First Amendment just like we all have the Right to own a firearm as provided for under the Second Amendment. No one has the right to use the Bill of Rights as cover to do harm to their neighbor. Mr. Abinanti and so many others should be ashamed of the way they conduct themselves considering what could be done to avert future heart break and tragedy like Newton’s .
Scott Croft January 06, 2013 at 05:07 PM
Donald- I can understand where your coming from. You are correct about my membership in the Republican party - I am not a fringe conservative tea partier and proudly say I am a moderate Republican. Yes, I may be the last one out there, but Republican nonetheless. Your argument, on a couple points seems weak, especially this statement: "You dont get to pick and choose which parts of the Constitution to uphold or not." I would add you don't get to pick which parts of the law apply to you when the law clearly and unambiguously states gun NYS ownership information is public. You are spot on about the mental health issue - it is just as important as the gun issue. have some experience in this aspect and know we have a long way to go. Let's not forget the biggest harm that guns cause is largely affects in the inner cities and focused on minorities - that is something we all have not confronted and we must do this, but I suspect racism still sadly plays a role. Living where I do in Westchester I'm really not concerned about about a career criminal using a gun against me - it's a gun coming from from neighbor's house seems a more likely scenario. If the right of self defense means increasing the amount of concealed or open carry weapons to movie houses, schools, colleges, churches, restaurants, bars, little league fields and daycare centers, I'm not in favor of it. I also think if more non-gun owners simply tried the sport it would lessen some its negativity.
Kristoff Lukas January 09, 2013 at 06:01 PM
Abinaniti’s Political Hypocrisy Free Press Rights & Photos We all know Mr. Abinanti's true closet Gun Hypocrisy in Westchester County NY. Come election time he switch hits, left then right for gun support votes. We know your political party anti-gunner position, gunning for law abiding legal gun owners. Been there done that with you Mr. Abinanti, fool us once but not twice! The reason why you're a politician you "can't be trusted with your own lack of integrity” What you guys should really be looking at is the sentiment of the American People and why we don't trust you and the Government anymore, because of politicians like you. We lost faith and trust. You have turned Americans away from the trust in Government. We do have rights and we will continue to Defend, Preserve and Protect them, the Oath you took and still ignore and violate. “By the People for the People” Carl Albanese.
Kristoff Lukas January 09, 2013 at 06:04 PM
The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is what guarantees the freedom of the press in the United States. Here it is: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances." But as journalists it's the clause about the press that is most important: "Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press..." Press Freedom in Practice So the Constitution guarantees a free press, which can be extrapolated to include all news media - TV, radio, the web, etc. But what do we mean by a free press? What rights does the First Amendment actually guarantee? Primarily, press freedom means the news media are not subject to censorship by the government. In other words, the government does not have the right to try to control or block certain things from being published by the press. Carl Albanese White Plains, NY
Dan Seidel January 09, 2013 at 06:06 PM
Tom, we know each other for a long time. YOU ARE WRONG ON THIS. The S2488 and A9388, which MY Dems have 2x killed allows for any individual to foil individually, BY NAME!!!!! BY NAME!!!! - THE NEIGHBOR SCENARIO!!! so your argument rings hollow and 100% false. Maybe we can garner support for those bills the THIRD TIME AND STOP WASTING THE TAXPAYER'S TIME!!! You disappoint me. You have not read the bills. Earn your salary please. Amy Paulin said she supported it. Suzi Oppenheimer voted for it. What's your problem?
Dan Seidel January 11, 2013 at 02:15 PM
Tom : Support the NEW SENATE BILL COMING TO THE ASSEMBLY: S1972-2013 proposed and sent to Senate Codes on January 9, 2013. Think like a Framer or flounder like a slave.
Bruce Handler January 11, 2013 at 05:17 PM
Would he also publish the names of neighbors who are sex criminals, drug addicts, wife beaters and on precription drugs for mental illness?
Bruce Handler January 11, 2013 at 05:22 PM
That law was written decades ago and BEFORE social media which allows the spread of information to millions visa the internet. In the spirit of the law, I believe the Journal News used it to "out" people and to expose them to danger as a way of getting back at gun owners. Since they disagree with gun ownership (except for their own protection) maybe a strong worded editorial would have made more sense to voice their opinions.
Dan Seidel January 11, 2013 at 06:22 PM
Hey Tom: does it have to come to this? Cyndee, the Editor: her life is in the crapper now. Is this what you want? or will sanity prevail? http://www.lohud.com/comments/article/20130111/NEWS02/301110047/Suspicious-package-sent-Journal-News-editor-s-home-contained-fecal-matter
Freedom Fighter January 12, 2013 at 02:31 PM
NYS Assemblyman Abinanti Those who earned it for you gave freedom of Speech to you. Your privilege to hold public office was given to you by those who earned it for you. Your luxury to live in a free country was given to you by those who earned it for you. You and your family can go to sleep in comfort protected by those who earned it for you. By those who died, willing to die for your Freedoms Guaranteed Democracy and protected by those who did die, served this nation and fought for your Democracy and Freedom through out history to make America great. WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO EARN IT, YOUR FREEDOM and our Democracy? Protect, Defend, and Preserve the US Constitution and our rights you took a sworn oath to do. Or be BANNED from America. Leave our legal gun rights alone, you didn't earn-em!!! Freedom Fighter

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