Local (Long Island) Group Donates $2k to help the fight
Official press releases:
SAF Press Release :: LONG ISLAND GROUP GIVES $2K TO SAF FOR HELP IN LAWSUIT
For Immediate Release: 8/23/2010
BELLEVUE, WA Long Island Firearms has contributed $2,000 to the Second Amendment Foundation to support its legal actions, including a lawsuit in Westchester County challenging a state law that allows carry licenses to be denied because applicants cannot show good cause.
This is the second such contribution from a New York group. Earlier, the Shooters Committee On Political Education (SCOPE) contributed to the SAF legal action effort.
SAF is very grateful for this level of support from Long Island Firearms, said SAF Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. The level of support we are getting from New York gun owners clearly demonstrates their dedication to correcting the Empire States onerous gun laws. For far too long, officials in the Empire State have treated the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms as a highly-regulated privilege. It is time for that to end.
On July 16, SAF filed a lawsuit in federal district court on behalf of Alan Kachalsky and Christina Nikolov, both Westchester County residents whose permit applications were denied. Kachalskys denial was because he could not demonstrate a need for self protection distinguishable from that of the general public. Nikolovs was denied because she could not demonstrate that there was any type of threat to her own safety anywhere. In addition to Westchester County, Susan Cacace and Jeffrey Cohen, both serving at times as handgun permit licensing officers, are named as defendants. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, White Plains Division.
Long Island Firearms recognizes the implications of our lawsuit, Gottlieb noted, and they have generously put their money on the line. We certainly appreciate the support, and were going to use every penny wisely in our effort to restore gun rights one lawsuit at a time.
Long Island Firearms maintains a website that promotes firearms education, gun reviews and other activities. Their website is LongIslandFirearms.com.
The Second Amendment Foundation (Second Amendment Foundation Online) is the nation's oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control. SAF has previously funded successful firearms-related suits against the cities of Los Angeles; New Haven, CT; and San Francisco on behalf of American gun owners, a lawsuit against the cities suing gun makers and an amicus brief and fund for the Emerson case holding the Second Amendment as an individual right.
Long Island Firearms Offical News Release/Reply:
Local Group Donates to Second Amendment Foundation Lawsuit
Tuesday, August 24th, 2010. For Immediate Release. Ronkonkoma, NY- Long Island Firearms, in conjunction with Long Island Freedom Fund and Club LIF, have announced that they have given the Bellevue Washington based Second Amendment Foundation $2000.00 to assist their recent lawsuit against Westchester County, NY. The lawsuit challenges New York State Law which allows residents to be denied a carry license for failing to show "good cause." "This is a major step for our community", said Steve, the administrator of LongIslandFirearms.com; "We began in March of 2009 as a confederation of firearms enthusiasts looking to share information about our interests in the shooting sports, hunting, and Second Amendment issues. In less than a year and a half, we have grown to over 1900 members, and have embarked on numerous campaigns to assist our community, including Neighborhood Cleanups and Blood Drives." He added that he has seen a sharp increase in membership numbers since the Supreme Court's decision in the case of McDonald vs Chicago in June. "That landmark decision has breathed new life in our community, has attracted hundreds more, and we are proud to offer them a forum for their ideas, experiences and aspirations." In addition, he said, "New members are pouring in; they bring a new voice and a real boost to our work to ensure Second Amendment Rights to all New Yorkers. We are fully committed to reaching those goals, as well as serving our neighborhoods." Long Island Firearms is a web based community founded in 2009 to promote a sense of community within firearms enthusiasts on Long Island. You can find us online at Long Island Firearms Long Island Freedom Fund is a not-for-profit filed under the laws governing US 501(c)(3). Please visit Long Island Firearms Freedom Fund for more information. Community activities performed by Long Island Firearms members can be found by visiting: L.I. Community Service - Long Island Firearms Club LIF is duly chartered by the National Rifle Association, and is an affiliate club of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association.