In Westchester, an early test for Cuomo’s gun control bill

In Westchester, an early test for Cuomo’s gun control bill – When Governor Andrew Cuomo pushed through a package of stricter state gun laws earlier this year, after an elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, his widespread, bi-partisan popularity began to fracture along more predictable party lines.  Cuomo has defended the move, and his poll numbers still make him among the most popular Democrats in the country as he prepares to run for re-election next year.  But the gun bill could have pronounced effects down the ballot. Democrats are already making it an issue in Westchester County, where Rob Astorino, the incumbent Republican county executive who opposes Cuomo’s gun control law, is seeking re-election in...

As expected, gun group backs Howard for sheriff

As expected, gun group backs Howard for sheriff – If ever there were an expected endorsement in this year’s race for Erie County sheriff, it would probably be the New York State Pistol and Rifle Association’s nod for Republican incumbent Timothy B. Howard.  “Our endorsement is based upon his opposition to the SAFE Act  and willingness to stand up to Gov. Cuomo’s assault upon our Second Amendment civil rights,” the organization said today in a brief statement of support.  Howard’s outspoken opposition to the governor’s new strict gun control law is expected to be part of the upcoming...

New York Gun Group Calls New Starbucks Policy ‘Entrapment’

New York Gun Group Calls New Starbucks Policy ‘Entrapment’ – The president of a local gun advocacy organization is fuming over a new Starbucks policy that asks patrons to leave their firearms behind when they enter its stores.  “I think that it’s a matter of entrapment,” Tom King, the head of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, told YNN’s Capital Tonight.  “What happens if by chance you’re in the store and you have a pistol with you and a cop comes in and sees the pistol or he’s questioning you about something and you tell him you have a pistol?” he...

SAFE Act opponents spark Potsdam Village Board argument

SAFE Act opponents spark Potsdam Village Board argument – The public comment period of Monday’s village board meeting became heated when Mayor Steven W. Yurgartis attempted to cut short comments opposing the state Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act. The argument began when village resident Dean M. Laubscher took to the podium to ask the Board of Trustees to pass a symbolic resolution condemning the NY SAFE Act, similar to those already passed by the town of Potsdam and other municipalities. Mr. Yurgartis interrupted, saying the matter has been discussed so much that it has become...
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