Outdoors in Whitehall with Gene Terry: Crossbow season defeated by lawmakers

A few weeks ago I wrote that the crossbow bill passed the Senate 52-10. It would give individuals, especially the handicapped, a chance to hunt with a crossbow for big game. Then it went in front of one man and he shot it down for the hundreds of thousands that wanted to hunt deer with a crossbow.

It was not stopped by the one person you think, Gov. Cuomo; no it was not him this year. The person who shot the crossbow bill down in the Assembly was Robert Sweeney, a Democrat from Suffolk County.

He serves as chairman of the Assembly’s environmental committee where the bill stalled when he didn’t release it to the Assembly for a vote. DEC has expressed an interest in expanding crossbow use for all hunters, even within the existing archery and bear seasons.

Until then, however, crossbows are essentially illegal for use in NYS. Even the watered-down legislation proposal that allowed limited crossbow use during the regular firearms and archery season last year has expired.

The consensus from numerous organizations who have met with the governor’s staff on the crossbow issue was they felt the governor would sign the bill legalizing crossbows if it ever reached his desk.

For now, the hundreds of thousands of hopeful hunters and handicapped people will have to bite the bullet for another year because of an anti-hunter who heads the committee that wouldn’t let it reach the floor for a vote. Something is wrong with this picture when one person can have that much power. Well then I guess you have to go one step further and look at our governor and his late night “law of necessity” on the Safe Act. Who the hell put these guys in power anyways? And you wonder people don’t vote.

For southern zone deer hunters, three counties have now joined with several others in the southern zone to open their counties to rifle season. Ontario, Wayne, Wyoming, and part of Chautauqua that were once shotgun counties for big game are now open for rifles. These counties have now joined many others that were once shotgun that have gone to rifles for big game hunting. Good thing it didn’t go in front of Assemblyman Sweeney or he would have shot that down too.

Also because of the governor and his Safe Act Bill a major gun manufacturer is moving out of state to Pennsylvania. Kahr, which was ready to extend a major contract in a deal with Orange County, N.Y., is instead moving to Pike County, Pa., and taking about 600 jobs with it.

I firmly believe this is just a tip of the iceberg for New York State. There’s also talk that Remington Arms is considering similar move.

A quote from a Kahr executive said, “We feel like we’re being treated like criminals in New York. That is one of the reasons we are going to Pennsylvania. This company’s payroll is about 75 to 100 million dollars a year.

Keep going governor and you’ll have the whole state to yourself.

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