Support for Stand-Your-Ground Law is Growing in Albany!

With violent crime continuing to soar to new records every other day across New York State, it’s more important than ever that we continue fighting for Stand-Your-Ground law!

Currently, if you or I are confronted by an armed criminal, we are expected to retreat before we can use defensive force. Many gun owners have been indicted and convicted for daring to defend themselves.

That’s why the NYS Firearms Association is fighting to advance  Stand-Your-Ground legislation (S-8026/A-5269) in Albany with Senator George Borello and Assemblyman David DiPietro!

The excellent news is that thanks to your calls and emails, the NYS Firearms Association is racking up a strong list of co-sponsors in the Senate and the Assembly.

In the Assembly, Karl Brabenec, Joseph Angelino, Stephen Hawley, Matthew Simpson, Marjorie Byrnes, Joseph Giglio, and Michael Norris are publicly supporting this bill!

In the Senate, Pamela Helming, Daphne Jordan, Thomas Omara, Robert Ortt, and Daniel Stec have cosponsored this bill!

This is a strong start, but now it’s time that gun owners really crank up the heat and flood the legislature with emails so that we can add dozens of additional names to this list!


To be clear, fighting for Stand-Your-Ground law (S-3718/A-05269) isn’t just about trying to pass this policy.

You see, it’s also about finding out who our friends are in Albany. Everyone knows who our enemies are, they are the ones who are working to disarm gun owners every day, while making it easier for violent predators to get out of jail and attack us.

And while some in the Republican conference are champions for gun owners, some of them simply ‘farm’ us for campaign donations and votes every two years, while doing nothing to fight for us in the state legislature. This bill will help us separate the two in Albany!

The NYS Firearms Association Stand-Your-Ground law would totally reshape our right to self-defense in New York State by:

>>> Removing the requirement that a gun owner has to retreat from a violent criminal before you can defend yourself, allowing you to ‘stand-your-ground.’

The last thing you should do when confronted by a violent criminal who wants to beat, rape, or kill you is to turn your back on them! This bill would remove the requirement to retreat from ‘any place you are lawfully present.’

>>> Providing critical criminal immunity protections to a gun owner who uses justifiable force in defense of his own or another’s life.

The bill clarifies that unless there is probable cause that you broke the law, you cannot be arrested just because some anti-gun prosecutor wants to make an example out of you like they did with Kyle Rittenhouse and Mark McCloskey.

>>> Establishing equally important civil immunity protections to gun owners who use appropriate levels force in self-defense.

Gun owners who are not charged, or who are found ‘Not Guilty’ in criminal court, shouldn’t have to worry about being bankrupted by the estate of the criminal who tried to attack you or your loved ones. This bill clarifies that you can’t be civilly sued unless you are convicted in court.

>>> Including protections for gun owners who threaten to use force while attempting to deescalate a dangerous situation.

As gun owners, shooting someone in a defensive situation is the last thing we want to do. But if we successfully deescalate a situation, there are no legal protections for us. In fact, we could go to prison for brandishing.

As you can see, passing S-3718/A-05269 would completely reshape New York’s self-defense laws and provide gun owners with critical protections that gun owners in over thirty-six other states already enjoy!


The other benefit to this legislation is that just by filing it and going on offense we are putting every member of the legislature on the record for or against this bill.

The 2022 midterm elections are shaping up to be a complete blowout for the Democratic Party here in New York State and across the country, as Joe Biden’s utter incompetence has sent inflation spiraling and endangered our national security.

In fact, some are saying this the fall elections could be just a bad as 1994 or even 2010 for the Democrats! Here in New York, our sources indicate that we could see the Democrats lose their supermajority in the Senate, or even see the chamber flip!

And that is especially true for politicians who refuse to co-sponsor legislation like Stand-Your-Ground law. You see, playing defense alone in Albany isn’t a battleplan, it’s a retreat. And the NYS Firearms Association doesn’t do that.

That’s why we are doing everything we can to mobilize an army of gun owners to help us flood the legislature with calls, emails, and petitions in support of this bill. So please send your automated email right away!


But after you send your email to your Senator and Assemblyman, I hope that you will also make a generous donation to help us crank up the heat on the politicians in Albany through a combination of:

>>> A series of the hard-hitting digital and social media ads that the NYSFA is so well known for, ensuring that every gun owner in New York State is aware of this fight and contacting their State Assemblyman and State Senator!

These ads are extremely cost efficient, allowing us to activate hundreds of thousands of gun owners fast.

>>> Increasing the size of our email and direct mail programs to   mobilize NYSFA members and other gun owners! One of the main benefits of these programs is that they are uncensorable!  

And our unrivaled email program allows gun owners to put pressure on their State Assemblyman and State Senator with just a few mouse clicks!

>>> Prepare targeted radio ad campaigns that we can unveil when needed, to crank up the heat at a moment’s notice!

These programs are expensive, but nothing activates large numbers of gun owners quicker than a radio ad blitz. But we need to get them produced in advance and be able to pay for them.

This program has just one purpose: to make sure that every politician in Albany knows that gun owners want them to co-sponsor this bill — and that we’ll hold them accountable if they refuse!

But to be able to run this program, we need to be able to pay for it. And that’s why I hope that you’ll consider a generous donation of $75 or even $100.

You see, unlike our enemies at the Capitol, we don’t have a billionaire funding our fight for freedom. But our founding fathers didn’t have the rich and powerful on their side when they fought for our freedoms during the Revolutionary War on New York battlefields like Stony Point, Johnstown, and Ticonderoga! 

Patriotic Americans rose to the challenge then, and with your help, we are continuing that fight for freedom in New York State today!

So if $75 or $100 is just not possible, I hope you will at least consider $50, $25 or even $10.

Things are moving fast here in Albany, so send your automated emails right away, and then please help us with your most generous contribution today so we can implement our program!

For New York State,

Aaron Dorr
Executive Director
NYS Firearms Association

P.S. Violent crime is spiking out of control thanks to New York State’s terrible gun laws and the thousands of violent criminals that Gov. Hochul has released from prison as part of her crazed liberal ideology! 

New York State needs Stand-Your-Ground law more than ever, which is why the NYSFA is fighting so hard for this legislation (S-8026/A-5269.) And thanks to your calls and emails, dozens of legislators have cosponsored this legislation!

See the list above! Then, send your PRE-WRITTEN EMAIL and insist that every other self-professing pro-gun member of the State Senate and State Assembly cosponsors this legislation!


And please include a generous donation of $125, $75, $50 or at least $25 so that the NYS Firearms Association can continue to fight for gun owners in Albany.