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...

Remington CEO: SAFE Act impacted decision to expand–in Alabama

Remington CEO: SAFE Act impacted decision to expand–in Alabama – Remington Arms has confirmed what many already long suspected — New York’s tough gun control laws played a role in the upstate gun manufacturer’s decision to expand outside the state. Remington, which has operated in New York State since 1816, shifted 100 jobs down south in August. Another 126 people were laid off last week as a result of a decline in gun sales. The company says one reason behind its decision to open a new plant in Alabama rather than expand in New York was “state policies affecting use of our products,” Remington Outdoor Company CEO George Kollitides wrote to some upstate officials Oct....

Gun rights group: Senate turned because of the SAFE Act

Gun rights group: Senate turned because of the SAFE Act – The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association is taking credit for having turned the tide in the state Senate, noting the defeat of three incumbent Democrats as a result of their stance on the controversial SAFE act. Senators Cecilia Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg; Terry Gipson, D-Rhinebeck; and Ted O’Brien, D-Irondequiot, all lost re-election to Second Amendment rights candidates endorsed by groups such as the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association and the National Rifle Association. The group pointed to these and other losses for gun control candidates in legislative races statewide as a sign of widespread repudiation of gun control...

Cuomo had a secret re-election ‘pact’ with Republicans

Cuomo had a secret re-election ‘pact’ with Republicans – The state’s most powerful Republican secretly worked for months to help Democratic Gov. Cuomo win re-election — in exchange for Cuomo’s promise not to aid Senate Democrats in their Long Island races, a top New York GOP leader has charged. Former state Republican Party Executive Director Michael Lawler — who managed Rob Astorino’s ill-fated gubernatorial run against Cuomo — told The Post that he learned of the alleged bombshell deal between Senate GOP leader Dean Skelos and Cuomo just days ago, after suspecting for months that it...

Police: Homeowner holds intruder at gunpoint till cops arrive

Police: Homeowner holds intruder at gunpoint till cops arrive – A homeless man was arrested on Halloween after a homeowner found him inside their home and held him at gunpoint, the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office. At about 3:30 p.m. deputies responded to James Street for a report of an intruder inside a home being held at gunpoint by the owner, deputies say. When they arrived deputies say they found Christopher Scott, 25, inside a locked closet.  He was taken into custody without incident and charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass in the second. Scott was arraigned in Rosendale court and sent to Ulster County jail on $2,500 cash bail to return on Nov....
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