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SHOOTERS CHALLENGE PATAKI'S GUN-LAW PACKAGE

A SCOPE suit is about to be pressed.

SCOPE (Shooters Committee on Political Education) is initiating a lawsuit against Gov. George E. Pataki and the State of New York, challenging a Pataki-supported, six-point gun law package recently passed into law.

SCOPE appointed a committee to review all points of the law, and that committee, after careful study and advice from legal counsel, found key provisions of the new law "suspect and vulnerable to challenge in the courts." For example, one of the new laws raises the minimum age for a pistol license to 21. Previously, one could apply for a pistol permit in Western New York at age 18. SCOPE has reports of license holders who passed all requirements before this law was passed but, because they are under age 21, their permits have been recalled.

SCOPE points out, "So much for the claim by Senator Bruno and Gov. Pataki that law-abiding gun owners would not be hurt by this law." SCOPE's board of directors is formulating arguments on key points of the new law and plans on filing the suit early this year.

Litigation will be costly and SCOPE is appealing for support from individuals, clubs and corporations to pursue this lawsuit. To assist, send checks payable to: SCOPE Legal Defense Fund, Box 602, Tonawanda, N.Y. 14151-0602.

Big ones and threes

Western New York anglers have brought in big fish, some record-setting, recently.

Dave Meister has the range on Devils Hole salmonids. This North Tonawanda contractor, with time off during winter months, does many shifts casting for salmon and trout in the lower Niagara River. On Jan. 22 he caught and released a 17-pound steelhead trout. A week later, he used 6-pound-test line to bring in a mature, 38-inch king salmon with a 19-inch girth and estimated weight of 25 pounds. "I like slow moving, soft-bodied lures in cold water. For me, a Bass Assassin works better than fast-moving jig tails," he said.

Cortland angler Jeffery S. Weibly has posted a smallmouth trifecta with the International Game Fish Association. Weibly weighed in a 3-pound, 1-ounce smallie on Aug. 13, 2000 to top IGFA's New York 12-pound line class. He then entered the top fish in the 4- and 20-pound class that year. Previously, he has logged New York State line class records in the 4-, 12- and 20-pound divisions for both largemouth bass and walleye.

For details about IGFA membership and entries, write: IGFA, 300 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach, Fla. 33004.

Gunlock recall

National Shooting Sports Foundation is voluntarily recalling about 400,000 gunlocks for replacement. "Under certain conditions, these locks can open without the use of a key, which gives unauthorized access to a firearm," an NSSF press release noted.

These locks, similar to a bicycle cable lock, were distributed nationally as part of NSSF's Project HomeSafe from Sept. 1999 through Oct. 2000. Recallable locks have a red cable and black padlock. Red vinyl bands at the top and bottom of the lock read "PROJECT", "HOMESAFE", "Made in China" and "30mm."

Recipients of these gunlocks should call NSSF anytime for a free replacement: 1-800-726-6444.

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