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    BY KENNETH LOVETT
    DAILY NEWS ALBANY BUREAU CHIEF
    Thursday, June 19th 2008, 9:04 PM
    ALBANY - Gov. Paterson wants to give the National Rifle Association - of all people - a state-sanctioned role in training would-be gun owners in New York.

    Paterson is proposing a gun safety bill that, in part, requires buyers of guns to first take a firearms safety course.

    A clause tucked away in the bill says the program must meet or exceed the standards of "the home firearms safety course as approved by the National Rifle Association" or another course approved by the state police.

    While the NRA training program is well-regarded, its inclusion in the bill has angered a number of legislative Democrats and anti-gun activists.

    Jackie Hilly, executive director of New Yorkers Against Violence, said the inclusion of the NRA in the legislation gives the group state-sanctioned support.
    She said it should be up to the state police to set specific standards for the safety courses, not a pro-gun interest group looking for new members.

    "I don't think that's something the state wants to put its imprint on," Hilly said.
    Upset Democrats are trying to meet with Paterson aides about the provision.
    Ironically, the NRA opposes the overall Paterson bill, saying it imposes too many financial and regulatory burdens on the industry.

    Paterson spokeswoman Risa Heller said 12 states, including Connecticut, reference the NRA firearms safety courses, which she called the "gold standard," in their gun laws.

    Heller also said state law cites as "duly authorized" NRA-certified gun instructors, "thus there is already a precedence for referring to the NRA in New York State law."

    Paterson's bill has faced opposition in both houses and has yet to be introduced.

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    Used properly this could be a good way to infiltrate the enemy.

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    Gun owning citizens shouldn't be forced to take a course from a private entity in order to exercise their 2nd amendment rights. Nor should the NRA be responsible for giving free courses or be forced to give them under any circumstances. New York's crime problem and firearm related issues stem not from accidental discharges and sight picture, but from those that buy the guns illegally, use the guns illegally, and would therefore not attend any such course anyway.

    In Alaska, we don't even have a requirement to take any such course to carry both openly and concealed. The way it should be. Any courses I have taken was on my own accord.
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    If my memory serves me correctly, the only states that currently require safety training for the mere ownership of firearms are PRHI and PRRI. Can anyone tell me where in the Constitution I can find this requirement?:?

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    how soon until the Supreme Court makes it's announcement re: Heller?

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    Perhaps tomorrow or the next day, Wednesday or Thursday. As I understand it, Mondays are 'Opinion Days,' with one left in June when the decision was promised. SCOTUSBlog or SCOTUSWiki are the best unofficial sites and the Court does have its own web site.

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