Michael J. Bragman is the Majority Leader of the NY State Assembly.
He is from the Syracuse area. He quickly drifted towards issues
that had to do with fish and wildlife management. He is a staunch
defender of consumptive destruction of wildlife. He consistently
introduces bills that favor hunting and trapping. Bragman was named
Majority Leader of the New York State Assembly in 1993.
The following awards evidence his single-minded devotion to
1) The Legislative Conservationist of the Decade Award from
the Onondaga Federation of Sportsman's Clubs;
2) Induction into the NYS Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame;
Currently Bragman is sponsoring four bills in the Assembly
that seek to make it easier to kill and maim New York's wildlife:
1) Bill A04287 seeks to abolish the requirement to get a
permit to kill coyotes in the entire State of New York, see page
2 of the C.A.S.H. COURIER.
2) Bill A1083 proposes to lower the hunting age for big game
to 14 (from 16). This would mean that fourteen year olds can
hunt deer and bear with a rifle during the hunting season. In
the light of the recent rash of teen-age shootings in various
parts of the country, it seems irresponsible to make high-power
rifles accessible to fourteen-year-olds. Let's not ignore the
fact that 12 year olds can hunt small game.
MICHAEL BRAGMAN, DON'T YOU REMEMBER THIS LITTLE HUNTER?
Bragman introduced legislation lowering the hunting age in
the NYS Assembly about a day or so before the Jonesboro killings
.Following the Jonesboro killings, USA Today reported that the
homicide rate among urban young people declined since 1990, but
in rural America it increased 56%!
GUN SELLER WENT SHOOTING WITH HARRIS, KLEBOLD IN THE
Sent by Charles Patterson
LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) -- The man who sold a semiautomatic handgun
to the two Columbine High killers went shooting with them in the
woods three times in the month before the bloodbath, the man's
lawyer said today. Mark Manes, 22, admitted selling the semiautomatic
TEC DC-9 to one of the teen-agers but did not know it would be
used in the April 20 attack that left 15 dead, including the gunmen,
said attorney Robert Ransome. Manes, a computer programmer and
former Columbine student, was booked on suspicion of providing
a handgun to a minor, punishable by six years in prison. His lawyer
is trying to work out a deal.
3) Bill A7135 will permanently abolish the provision in the
hunting law that prohibits hunting on Sundays for deer and bears
when hikers and campers traditionally like to enjoy the outdoors.
4) Bill A1084 repeals the current NY state law that prohibits
setting snares underwater to drown beavers. Underwater snares
hold beavers underwater and drown the trapped animal, a process
which usually takes one-half hour. About 5 or 6 years ago, AR
activists in NY considered it a great victory to have a law passed
to outlaw this cruel and barbaric trapping method. This bill
seeks to undo that law.
The Senate companion to A7135 is S4193, Please contact Carl
Marcellino (his district is Long Island, NY), Chair, Senate EnCon
Committee at MARCELLI@senate.state.ny.us ,
518-455-2390; or 812 Legislative Office Bldg., Albany, NY 12247
and Joseph Bruno, Senate Majority Leader, c/o Kenneth Riddett,
Esq., Rm 335, Capitol Bldg., Albany, NY 12247