Former Head Of Handgun Control Soundly Defeated in Campaign For Manhattan DA

Former Head Of Handgun Control Soundly Defeated in Campaign For Manhattan DA

New York State Rifle and Pistol Association
New York State Rifle and Pistol Association

New York – -( Richard Aborn is the former head of Handgun Control (Brady Campaign.) He’s directly responsible for the Brady Law and the ’94 Clinton gun ban.

He based his campaign for Manhattan DA entirely upon his gun control record. He hadn’t tried a case in like 20 years so it’s not as if he could base it on his extensive legal experience.

He spent the last year on the campaign trail talking about gun control. He raised over a million dollars for his campaign.

He had more endorsements than either of his opponents including ones from Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy, State Senators Eric Schneiderman and Eric Adams, Assemblypersons Jonathan Bing, Deborah Glick, Richard Gottfried, Brian Kavanagh, Daniel O’Donnell, Linda Rosenthal and Michelle Schimel, the Brady Campaign, Gun Free Kids, Million Mom March and New Yorkers Against Gun Violence.

The Brady Campaign donated $1000. NYAGV founder Barbara Hohlt and current mouthpiece Jackie Hilly each made personal campaign contributions.

Aborn repeatedly attacked the NRA and accused them of being out to get him. He attacked opponent Cy Vance for a small campaign donation he made years ago to a politician in Seattle who just so happened to be pro-gun. He sent out a mailer of him shaking hands with Bill Clinton, implying Clinton endorsed Aborn, which pissed Clinton off because he didn’t. Aborn attacked the R&P and thought it was funny we would tell members to vote against him. He finished up by making a last minute personal loan of $50,000 to his campaign.

The end result?
Aborn had his butt kicked up and down the boro. He didn’t just lose; he came in dead last with only a quarter of the votes. He did so badly it should damage the creditability of those who endorsed him because a solid majority of Manhattan Democrats wanted nothing to do with him or his agenda.

And it gets better.
Middletown Mayor Marlinda Duncanson lost her primary. Duncanson joined Bloomberg’s antigun mayor’s coalition earlier this year and started parroting their agenda. She lost her race 2 to 1. She is the 2nd Bloomberg buddy we’ve been able to remove.

In Albany, Common Councilman James Scalzo lost his race. He was one of the sponsors of ORD 48.41.07, the Bloomberg inspired omnibus gun control package introduced two years ago.

Finally, in the Town of Kent, our member John Greene defeated an incumbent to win the GOP endorsement. Good for him.

Celebrate by making a generous offering to the PVF.

Jacob J. Rieper
Vice President of Legislative & Political Affairs
New York State Rifle & Pistol Association

The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association is the state’s largest and oldest firearms advocacy organization. Since 1871, our organization has been dedicated to the preservation of Second Amendment rights, firearm safety, education and training, and the shooting sports. Our membership consists of individuals and clubs throughout the state. We are a not-for-profit 501(c)4 organization and the official NRA-affiliated State Association in New York.