Senator Panepinto Calls on Senate Republicans to Get Serious on SAFE Act

Senator Panepinto Calls on Senate Republicans to Get Serious on SAFE Act – Senator Marc Panepinto (D-Buffalo) issued the following statement calling out Senate Republicans on their broken promises regarding commonsense SAFE Act reforms: “Senate Republicans should immediately enact crucial SAFE Act reforms in order to be taken seriously by the people of New York. For two years, they have danced around addressing any commonsense provisions within this flawed legislation that they brought to the Senate floor and passed under their majority in the Senate. That is unacceptable given the growing level of discontent and concern that honest law abiding citizens and gun owners across this state have displayed. Instead of making empty promises, they should realize that they can no longer have it both ways with their doublespeak. While I have cosponsored numerous bills to address these issues, it is no secret that only the Senate Republicans can allow these reforms to come to the Senate floor for an actual vote. That is why I am calling on Senate Republicans to get serious on reforming the SAFE Act and allow these meaningful proposals to be debated and addressed by the end of this...

Gun group threatens primaries against Senate Republicans

Gun group threatens primaries against Senate Republicans – Senate Republicans’ pick of a leader who voted in support of the controversial gun-control law in 2013 is not sitting well with gun-right groups, and the state’s leading gun group said it would consider primaries next year against GOP senators if they don’t seek changes to the law. Gun-rights groups aggressively sought to sway senators to back Sen. John DeFrancisco, R-Syracuse, who voted against the SAFE Act. But the majority of the Republican conference picked Sen. John Flanagan, R-Suffolk County, who voted for the law. “If they really cared about the core constituency of the Second Amendment people, they wouldn’t have elected someone like that,” Thomas King, the president of the state Rifle and Pistol Association, told Gannett’s Albany Bureau today. “How can we possibly support an institution that is being run by someone who voted for the SAFE Act, which was probably the most draconian piece of legislation to affect the Second Amendment in New York state in our...

Woman shoots, kills ex-boyfriend in self-defense: cops

Woman shoots, kills ex-boyfriend in self-defense: cops – An Ann Road woman wrested a gun away from a former boyfriend and shot him to death after he broke into her home early Saturday, police said. The 50-year-old woman, who police would not identify, was also shot during the confrontation. She was taken by ambulance to Danbury (Conn.) Hospital where she was treated for a leg wound and released later in the morning. She will not be charged, police said. “She was defending herself after someone broke into her house,” said Carmel police Chief Michael Cazzari. “She was the...

Rep. Hanna: ‘I’m standing up for gun owners’

Rep. Hanna: ‘I’m standing up for gun owners’ – U.S. Representative Richard Hanna (R) stood alongside Broome County gun owners Thursday to give his stance on controversial issues. He offered his opinion on the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013 Act, and other legislation that he said is penalizing upstate sportsmen. Hanna spent the afternoon at the Broome County Sportsmen’s Association, where he told members of the club that he and his office are strong supporters of gun rights and the second amendment. The Congressman spoke out against the SAFE Act, and cited how he feels it negatively impacts responsible gun owners. “This overreach by the SAFE Act has affected a lot of people who have owned guns their entire lives,” Hanna...

Pistol permit office hours changing

Pistol permit office hours changing – The Niagara County Pistol Permit Office will roll out new hours next month in an attempt to speed up approvals, after County Clerk Wayne F. Jagow noted a spike in pistol permit applications. Effective the first week in June, the office will now be open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and closed to the general public on Wednesdays so staff can process paperwork. Wednesday is the slowest traffic day of the week for the office, Jagow...
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