“The SAFE Act is an ill-conceived measure that hurts more than it helps; it is very unpopular throughout upstate communities. At times there are issues where Upstate and New York City do not agree, and the SAFE Act is a prime example. In past budgets there have been policy issues with regional carve-outs, for example the minimum wage initiative and local government assistance programs. Assembly Bill 6140 is drafted on this very premise, allowing New York City to keep the SAFE Act, while repealing the most objectionable portions for upstate and Long Island. As budget negotiations continue this month, I think this initiative should be strongly considered.”


Upcoming Firearms Classes

•On Saturday March 18 Tom Harig will be teaching the Utah Concealed Firearm License class here at Dunham’s Bay Fish & Game Club.  If you have a New York State pistol permit, the Utah license will allow you to carry your firearm in 30+ additional states through reciprocity agreements.  The Utah license is great for travelers and out-of-state sportsmen.  The class includes fingerprinting and photos necessary for the Utah license application. Click: March 18 2017

•On Saturday March 25 Tom will offer a Basic Pistol Safety and Training Class here at Dunham’s Bay Fish & Game Club .  This course gives pistol permit holders a great training on principles of handgun safety and provides an opportunity to learn and practice handgun shooting mechanics in an all-day session on the range.  The class meets the training requirements for Florida, Maine, Virginia, and Arizona firearm licenses, among others. Click: March 25 2017

For the March 18 & 25 classes contact Tom Harig at 518 -222-7393, or email:

News about Renewal Update

Greeting Members,

Sorry about the delay in getting this newsletter and renewal applications out.

Because of my tardiness, your passkey will remain active through the month of February 2017.

ALL Members will be required to attend a 2nd Safety Orientation (different from the original orientation) that will be offered in February.

Attendance to this additional 2nd Orientation will be mandatory for all to get their gate pass key re-activated for 2017.

Safety is a paramount and very serious concern of the Board and Officers.

It needs to be yours.

Most members haven’t gone through a Club/Range Orientation for 5 years. Membership will be updated with the proper Firing Line Procedures and now that the new Combat Pistol Range is opening this spring, (with a different set of Range Rules) the Clubs Officers and Board Members mandated that ALL members AND shooting family members go through a 2nd Orientation Session based solely on Firing Line Procedures & Range Safety.

So as to control the large numbers of members attending the New 2nd Orientation Sessions, initially the sessions will be done alphabetically (your last name) as out lined in the attached schedule. If you can’t make your session, then please attend one of the next sessions. There are 700+ Family memberships; we can only accommodate 50-60 at a time. All shooting family members need to attend.
All member types must attend.

The sessions will take about 1/2 hour. It will take some time to process this number of people, so PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY. We unfortunately cannot allow late arrivals. You will be asked to leave and attend another session.

I’m sure that you can all agree that we can’t afford an accident at the Club and that EVERYONE needs to be on the same page when it comes to Range Safety.

Session dates/times Last Name

2/18 Saturday 9am A,B
2/18 Saturday 11am C
2/19 Sunday 9am D,E
2/19 Sunday 11am F,G
2/20 Monday 7pm H,I J,K
2/21 Tuesday 7pm L,Mc
2/22 Wednesday 7pm Me,N,O
2/23 Thursday 7pm P,Q,R
2/27 Monday 7pm S
2/28 Tuesday 7pm T-Z
3/04 Saturday 9am Open Session
3/04 Saturday 11am Open Session

Or, the Second Saturday of each month at 8:30am. (New Orientation Session)

As you can see, this is a time and labor-intensive endeavor, requiring your cooperation.
Please attempt to attend your assigned session, no matter how inconvenient it may be. If you can’t attend your assigned session try to make it to another evening session. If you have moved out of the area for the winter or just can’t make the assigned sessions or open sessions then you will need to attend one of our NEW Monthly Saturday Orientation’s, after we will activate your passkey or exchange it for an operational one.

Best Regards, Sean Garvey- President

P.S. Please mail in your renewal application and payment as before. (signing the front and back) Do not bring in your renewal application to the 2nd Orientation.

A Message from our Friends at SCOPE on the Recertification Requirement

Although county clerks already have the responsibility to maintain pistol/revolver license records, in January 2017 the New York State Police began sending letters to handgun license holders with directions for submitting the license recertification form that is now required under the UnSAFE Act.  For licenses issued before January 15, 2013, the legal deadline to submit the recertification form to the NY State Police is by or before January 31, 2018.

Capital District SCOPE encourages you NOT to submit the form this year (2017) and NOT to submit the information electronically.  Wait until January 2018 to submit the paper form by mail.  Make a copy to keep, and use certified mail return receipt so that you have proof of your mailing and receipt by the New York State Police.

Why not use the electronic form on the State Police website?

  • Submitting the form electronically on the State Police website is an option that helps them to effortlessly compile the “pristine” database that is their goal to create.  Since Governor Cuomo and the legislature did not have the people’s best interest at heart when the UnSAFE Act was rammed through and passed in 2013, they do not deserve our clerical assistance in this matter.

Why wait until January 2018?

  • Much can happen in the 2017 legislative session and throughout the entire year that could affect this law in one way or another… Time will tell.
  • The arrival of hundreds of thousands of forms all at once will overwhelm the office and send a message of coordinated resistance.
  • Wait to learn what responses are received by those who respond early.

If, when, and how you submit the form are decisions that each handgun owner has to make.  For those considering noncompliance, understand this may result in the loss of all your firearms and possibly a year in jail.  Many methods of challenging this unjust and unconstitutional law are being considered.  We encourage you to become actively involved in effective Second Amendment organizations to support this effort.

– Capital District SCOPE Board of Directors

A Note about 2017 Renewals

Dunham Renewal Notice Update

I’m sorry but the renewal applications haven’t been mailed out yet.  I hope to get them out soon with any luck by months end.

Because of my tardiness, your pass key will remain active through the month of February 17.

IMPORTANT: In with the renewal mailings, there will be a Newsletter that will be explaining that ALL Members will be required to attend a 2nd Safety Orientation (different from the original orientation) that will be most likely be offered on numerous nights during the month of February.

If your unable to attend the 2nd Safety Orientation Nights, It will be offered the Second Saturday of every month at 8:30am.

Attendance to this additional Orientation will be mandatory for all to get get their gate pass key re-activated for 2017.

Don’t forget that Current membership in the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association OR Current membership in the NRA is a requirement of all new and renewing members of the Dunham’s Bay Fish & Game Club for 2017. There is a great offer on NRA Life Memberships below, be sure to check it out!

Happy New Year and we’ll see you on the Range! 

Sean Garvey

NRA Life Memberships Only $600 – Limited Time

Right now, the National Rifle Association is offering an incredible discount on lifetime memberships. For a limited time, the memberships are down to only $600. This is a drop of $900!

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Stand Strong for Freedom & Stand Up for the Second Amendment!


Gun shows – and YOUR Constitutional right to keep and bear arms – are under attack! ANTI-GUN POLITICIANS want to DRIVE AWAY gun shows from across the Capital Region and DENY you your Second Amendment rights.

Add your name to SENATOR KATHY MARCHIONE’S petition to let ANTI-GUN POLITICIANS know that you support the NEACA Arms Fair REMAINING at the Saratoga Springs City Center – and that you also want to KEEP gun shows in our Capital Region!

There are currently only 439 signatures we should have THOUSANDS.  Let’s help her out and save the gun show.

By signing the petition you are saying YES, I want to keep the NEACA Arms Fair to remain at the Saratoga Springs City Center! I also want to keep gun shows in our Capital Region. Gun shows are safe, contribute to our economy and help citizens exercise their Constitutional rights!

Please also try to stop by the show this weekend to show your support.

Please click here to fill out Kathy’s petition and share with others! 

Link to Dave Petronis Statement

Gun Show (Aug. 20-21, 2016) Flyer