Wyoming Co. wants no role in SAFE Act

Wyoming Co. wants no role in SAFE Act – When state officials contact pistol permit holders about recertifications, they won’t be using Wyoming County imagery.  The county’s Board of Supervisors has denied permission for the state to use the county’s name, seal, letterhead or address during the process — or for any other purpose associated with the N.Y. SAFE Act.  “I guess at first it goes back to the county clerk and the sheriff,” said Chairman Douglas Berwanger. “That seal belongs to them when they take office. They do not support the SAFE Act, and each official brought their concerns to the...

Klein: ‘Despicable’ for NYSRPA to link gun control, rape stats

Klein: ‘Despicable’ for NYSRPA to link gun control, rape stats – State Sen. Jeff Klein war of words with the president of the state Rifle & Pistol Association rages on. In a statement, Klein responded to King’s recent statement noting an increase in cases of reported rape in New York City, and pondering whether Klein was aware of the rapist-stopping power of firearms, which King said “put women on equal footing with men and give them the ability to defend themselves against aggressors who are generally larger and stronger than they are.” “Instead of empowering women, Senator Klein has made it more difficult for women to have access to the best and most effective means of personal protection. The results speak for themselves,” King said. (Question: Don’t gun control laws make it more difficult for rapists to have access to the best and most effective weapons? Discuss.) King was responding to Klein’s rebuke of King’s negative reaction to news that New York had received a B+ for its gun control laws from a leading gun control coalition. And yes, we can keep this up as long as they can. In a new statement, Klein took exception to the idea that gun control equals more raped women: “Tom King’s remarks are despicable and have no place in the court of public opinion. For him to claim that our state’s watershed gun control laws are somehow making women more vulnerable to sexual attacks is downright abhorrent. If Tom King was actually serious about protecting women, he would have joined me back in 2003 when I championed the repeal of the statute...

Legislature bans use of Rensselaer County seal in SAFE Act enforcement

Legislature bans use of Rensselaer County seal in SAFE Act enforcement – The Rensselaer County Legislature is attempting to further distance itself from the New York SAFE Act by recommending that the county seal and any likeness of it not be used in the law’s enforcement. The Legislature voted 11-6 in favor of the resolution on Tuesday as legislators said barring the use of the seal during enforcement would emphasize it is a state law and not a county one.  “We want residents to have no doubt that if they are receiving any correspondence regarding the NY SAFE Act that it is coming from the state and not the county,” said Thomas Walsh Sr., R-District...

NYSRPA’s response to Senator Jeff Klein’s assertion that gun control has made New York safer

NYSRPA’s response to Senator Jeff Klein’s assertion that gun control has made New York safer ALBANY, NY (12/12/2013)(readMedia)– The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association would like to respond to remarks made by State Senator Jeffrey Klein in a discussion with Times-Union reporter Casey Seiler on Wednesday. Specifically, we would like to address this statement made by Senator Klein: “… Despite [NYSRPA’s] opposition to some of the toughest gun control laws in the nation, New York is much safer today thanks to the NY SAFE Act …” Apparently Senator Klein has been too preoccupied with other things lately to notice that the New York City chapter of the National Organization for Women disagrees with him. In a report filed by WCBS 880’s Monica Miller on Tuesday, NOW-NYC president Sonia Ossorio said that reported rapes have gone up 57 percent since 2009. “There is a reason guns are often called the great equalizer,” said NYSRPA President Thomas King. “Firearms put women on equal footing with men and give them the ability to defend themselves against aggressors who are generally larger and stronger than they are. Instead of empowering women, Senator Klein has made it more difficult for women to have access to the best and most effective means of personal protection. The results speak for...

Klein calls NYSRPA president’s comments ‘insulting’

Klein calls NYSRPA president’s comments ‘insulting’ – Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein hit back at comments by state Rifle & Pistol Association President Tom King, who grumbled to YNN that the state’s gun control laws should get an F instead of the B+ awarded earlier this week by the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the Brady Campaign. To be fair, King and the Brady Campaign have rather different metrics on this issue. Klein’s statement: “Tom King’s recent remarks on the NY SAFE Act are insulting to all New Yorkers who understand we need smart gun control laws. That is why I was proud to sponsor this landmark legislation in the Senate.  As a downstate legislator from the Bronx, I’ve seen first-hand the devastation and tragedy wrought by past gun crimes in New York. Despite Tom King’s opposition to some of the toughest gun control laws in the nation, New York is much safer today thanks to the NY SAFE Act. Instead of complaining over the widespread praise we’ve received from the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the Brady Campaign, I think Tom King’s time would be better spent figuring out ways to better protect New Yorkers from the scourge of gun violence that is shattering lives each and...
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