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The SAFE Board of Directors supports our own

John L. Cushman

for re-election to the NRA Board of Directors.

A former US Marine, he served on the NYS Conservation Council Board of Directors from 1973 to 2000. John was awarded the Grassroots Activist of the Year in September 1996, a nationwide recognition given by the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
In April 1998 he was inducted into the NYS Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame. John received the first-ever NRA Institute for Legis­lative Action Certificate of Appreciation in l983, was nominated as NYSCC’s Conserva­tionist of the Year in 1985, and received its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000.
A founding member and current president of the Sportsmen’s Association for Firearms Education (SAFE) Inc., John is a past chairman of the Coali­tion of NY State Sportsmen, an organization that encompassed several groups particularly interested in firearms legislation, law and shooting sports.
NRA Board Memmber John L Cushman
John L. Cushman of Patchogue, New York, has announced his candidacy for another term on the Board of Directors of the National Rifle Association...
He was instrumental in for­mulating the policies of the NYS Conservation Council, SAFE, and the Coalition of NY State Sportsmen concerning firearms issues. Author of a policy statement concerning semi­automatic firearms, he saw it adopted by the NYS Conservation Council in 1989 and sent to then-Governor Mario Cuomo and all NYS outdoor writers on behalf of the organi­zation.
John currently serves on the Board of Directors of the NY State Rifle & Pistol Associa­tion and is an NRA-Certified Instructor in Personal Protection, Rifle, Pistol, and Shotgun as well as Range Safety Officer.
He is an avid shooter, hand gunner and gun rights advocate to the legislature and the media. As president of the Sportsmen’s Association for Firearms Education, he has led the group in presenting standing-room-only annual Firearms Civil Rights Conferences and Women on Target clinics for a number of years.
The NYS Conservation Council, NYS Rifle & Pistol Association and SAFE have endorsed his candidacy for the ­NRA Board. Numerous local and county groups have also added their endorsements. John brings with him years of broad-based experience in legislative matters concerning conser­vation, self-defense, fish and wildlife, and par­ticularly firearms law.
He is seeking support of all voting members of the National Rifle Association in his bid for reelection to the NRA Board of Directors







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On Thursday, June 26th, 2008 the US Supreme Court ruled that Americans have a right to own firearms for self-defense as well as hunting. This is the justices' first major pronouncement on gun rights in U.S. history. The court's 5-4 ruling struck down the District of Columbia's 32-year-old ban on handguns as not compatible with firearms rights under the Second Amendment. Prior to this decision the court had not conclusively interpreted the Second Amendment since its ratification in 1791. The amendment reads: "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."

The basic issue for the justices was whether the amendment protects an individual's right to own guns no matter what, or whether that right is somehow tied to service in a state militia. Justice Antonin Scalia, writing for the majority of his colleagues, said the Constitution does not permit "the absolute prohibition of handguns held and used for self-defense in the home." Joining Scalia were Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Samuel Alito, Anthony Kennedy and Clarence Thomas. Justices John Paul Stevens, Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and David Souter dissented from the majority opinion.

Dick Anthony Heller, 66, an armed security guard, sued the District after it rejected his application to keep a handgun at his home for protection in the same Capitol Hill neighborhood as the court. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled in Heller's favor and struck down Washington's handgun ban, saying the Constitution guarantees Americans the right to own guns and that a total prohibition on handguns is not compatible with that right. The law adopted by the Washington DC city council in 1976 bars residents from owning handguns unless they had one before the law took effect. This is the first step in restoring the rights of the American people with regard to firearms ownership and possession and ultimately their use. It is a good beginning.

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Robert P. Firriolo's opinion on the Supreme Court Decision

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the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

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President............................. John L. Cushman
Vice President...................... Chris Baumgartner
Treasurer............................. Eric Collins
Secretary............................. Carol Cushman
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