Assemblyman Steve Katz Slams Ortiz’s Gun Insurance Mandate as Modern Poll Tax

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 19, 2013
Contact Joseph Ahearn, (914) 774-6856



Assemblyman Steve Katz (R,C,I-Yorktown) has voiced his strong opposition to Gov. Cuomo’s gun legislation passed earlier this legislative session, and now has new concerns regarding legislation designed to further restrict gun rights and require lawful gun owners to take on $1 million insurance policies.

“It is fully within our rights as Americans to purchase and possess firearms. A $1 million insurance policy does not exist in the marketplace and would effectively ban all legal firearm ownership in New York State. The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution is part of the Bill of Rights, the founding principals of our nation, and Assemblyman Ortiz is attempting to abolish it,” Katz said. “During our nation’s founding, when elitists tried to silence those who sought to exercise their freedom to be heard, they issued a poll tax. Today elitists in our state want to silence another right: that of legal gun ownership. This law specifically targets law-abiding citizens and severely restricts those who could not afford this preposterous policy. How much more elitist can you get? This again turns a blind eye to the fact that illegal gun violence is the main problem our state faces. We cannot allow this attempt to abolish the Second Amendment to take place.”

Assemblyman Katz is objecting to legislation, Assembly Bill 3908, submitted by Assemblyman Felix Ortiz (D-Brooklyn) that would require all firearm owners to buy $1 million insurance policies. The bill would give lawful gun owners just 30 days to purchase the policies once the bill is enacted. Following passage, any individual interested in purchasing a firearm would have to secure the insurance prior to purchasing the firearm.

For more information regarding A.3908 and Katz’s fight to restore the Second Amendment in New York State, please contact his district office at 845-628-3781. The Assemblyman can also be reached via e-mail at

Bazzo 02/21/13


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