Putnam Leaders, Firearm Owners, Continue Fight Against Gun Laws and Disclosure

Putnam Leaders, Firearm Owners, Continue Fight Against Gun Laws and Disclosure – Putnam County’s top leaders joined firearms owners Wednesday night (Dec. 3) at an energized forum-cum-rally in Carmel to attack various gun restrictions, advocate gun rights and oppose disclosure of information on gun ownership. A strategy for thwarting New York state’s sweeping 2013 gun-control law, the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement or SAFE Act, also emerged: in the New York State Legislature, abolish funding for implementing it. County Executive MaryEllen Odell, Sheriff Donald Smith, District Attorney Adam Levy and County Clerk-Elect Michael Bartolotti, now deputy clerk, all took to the podium at a workshop meeting organized by the Putnam County Firearm Owners Association. Described as a training session on state laws, the event drew over 150 participants to the Paladin Center, a private training facility for police, corporations and private...

Another SAFE Act ‘now what?’: mental health reports not acted upon

Another SAFE Act ‘now what?’: mental health reports not acted upon – Local law enforcement officials are confused by yet another component of the Secure Ammunition and Firearm Enforcement Act, this time the making public of the number of at-risk clients that mental health professionals have submitted to the state. Under the SAFE Act, mental health practitioners are supposed to report to the state clients who may present a danger to themselves or others by owning a gun. Those who are licensed gun owners are subject to confiscation of their guns by county law enforcement personnel. As with many other aspects of the law, however, local officials say there is no clear guidance on what the state...

Bloomberg gun-control group targets more than 12 states

Bloomberg gun-control group targets more than 12 states – Fresh off a string of election victories, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg’s gun-control group is gearing up for a “significant” legislative push in more than a dozen states to curb gun violence, its leaders say. First up: Nevada, where election officials could certify this week that the group and its allies have collected enough signatures for a 2016 ballot initiative that would impose stricter background checks on people buying firearms from private sellers and at gun shows. Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety also is weighing similar background-check initiatives in Arizona and Maine. It also plans to back legislation in several states that would either expand background checks for gun purchasers, remove guns from the hands of domestic abusers or give family members the power to seek court orders to temporarily confiscate firearms from people they fear may commit gun violence — modeled on a “gun-violence restraining order” law signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown earlier this fall following a shooting rampage in Santa...

Legislators Seek to Toughen Firearm Penalty After Brooklyn Baby Is Shot

Legislators Seek to Toughen Firearm Penalty After Brooklyn Baby Is Shot – A day after two Brooklyn parents were arrested in the accidental shooting of their 9-month-old daughter, legislators are pushing for harsher illegal-gun penalties. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said Sunday that he wants the penalty for possessing an illegal loaded firearm to be upgraded to criminal possession of a weapon in the first degree, if the weapon is in the presence of a minor. “We can’t continue to have a culture where illegal guns are in homes or premises where children are in the same location,” said Mr....
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