The 2012-2013 budget was favorable to our Sportsmen, and I would like to thank Senator Greg Ball for his leadership and advocacy for all Sportsmen in Albany.
The budget finally repealed Combined Ballistic Identification System (CoBIS). This system requires pistol manufactures to send a bullet casing from every gun sold to police, so the gun can be identified if it is involved in a crime. CoBIS is estimated to cost taxpayers $4 million every year, yet it has not solved a single crime since March 2001. Senator Ball pushed to make sure that CoBIS is permanently derailed, saving taxpayers millions.
Senator Ball was also instrumental in ensuring microstamping was not in this year’s budget. Senator Ball hosted a meeting with the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, Senate Majority Leadership, local Sportsmen and businesses owners to talk about how microstamping would affect our sportsmen and small businesses. It is Senator Ball’s ability to bring all parties to the table, and his willingness to listen and educate himself on the important issues that makes him a strong legislator.
When the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) was facing the loss of up to $20 million from its share of federal Pittman-Robertson and Dingell-Johnson funding as the result of a budget proposal that would allow New York’s Department of Budget (DOB) to tap into the state’s Conservation Fund, Senator Ball was the first legislator to step up to the plate and protect these funds. Due to his leadership, the funds were preserved to manage fish and wildlife populations, acquire and improve habitat, fund hunter education, provide public hunting, fishing and boating access, and build and maintain public shooting ranges.
Senator Ball used his first-hand knowledge to provide consistent and clear leadership during this year’s budget negotiations, and I sincerely thank him for all the work he has done.