A couple weeks ago, former Oneida County asst. pistol office clerk, Patrick Van Buskirk passed away. Having dealt with Pat frequently since 1990, until his recent retirement, he was always a wealth of information, and had considerable patience when dealing with my questionable arguments about the grey areas of law concerning handguns in NY. As a former NRA pistol instructor myself - my visits to him - with my damning questions of the inane ridiculousness of some of NY's regulations, led to some spirited discussions, and always to answers. On several occasions, our (my) arguments led to him calling the main office in Albany, and me talking directly to a State Police Major, who was in charge, - giving me my answers ' straight from the horses mouth'.
Pat was also an avid antique firearms collector, and very knowledgeable of all aspects of antique firearms. He had some one of a kind antiques in his collection, the likes of which I had never seen before. My favorite of his, was a 'trap gun' - (think animal trap) - that looked like a big, four pronged fish=spear, that you would impale a big hunk of meat on, the shooting mechanism, composed of 4 - 12 ga. shotgun chambers, maybe 4 inches long, that fired simultaneously when the unsuspecting bear, wolf or coyote, pulled on the impaled meat hunk, effective, to say the least. He was a living encyclopedia, and will be sadly missed.
Pat was a good friend, and a strong supporter of 2nd Amendment rights, - no matter what your opinion of our present restrictive, and yes, unconstitutional laws are. So long, Pat - it was good to know ya'.