Register your guns or register to vote? Billboard promotes Astorino

Register your guns or register to vote? Billboard promotes Astorino – Actually, it’s basically saying that if you don’t want to register your guns through the SAFE Act, the tough gun-control law last year championed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, you need to register to vote and vote for Astorino.  Gun owners, particularly upstate, have railed against the gun law, saying it infringes on their Second Amendment rights. And the state’s Rifle & Pistol Association is suing to have the law overturned; opponents of the law want it...

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy may be the middleman in the gun-rights debate

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy may be the middleman in the gun-rights debate – It was the Supreme Court’s two hunting buddies — Elena Kagan and Antonin Scalia — who squared off last week when the divided court upheld criminal penalties for people who lie about their true intentions when they buy guns.  But those who follow the court’s jurisprudence on gun control were more interested in what the decision said about a third justice, Anthony M....

Ulster County Sportsmen contribute to NYSRPA lawsuit against SAFE Act

Ulster County Sportsmen contribute to NYSRPA lawsuit against SAFE Act ALBANY, NY (06/16/2014)(readMedia)– The Federated Sportsmen’s Clubs of Ulster County (FSCUC) presented a check for $3000 to the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association at their annual members meeting held this past Saturday June 14 at the Wallkill Rod & Gun Club. The money will go to offset legal costs for NYSRPA’s lawsuit against the so-called SAFE Act. FSCUC raised the money by selling signs calling for repeal of the SAFE Act. “I am extremely grateful for their efforts,” said NYSRPA President Tom King. “With the support of ordinary people and groups like FSCUC, we will prevail with our legal action.” Persons in the attached picture are, left-to-right: FSCUC Vice President Elmer LeSuer, FSCUC President Ray Lux, NYSRPA President Tom...

Ire over gun control lingers in upstate New York

Ire over gun control lingers in upstate New York – New York’s landmark gun control law opened a political fissure that’s still visible upstate.  Polls have shown majority support for the SAFE Act spearheaded by Gov. Andrew Cuomo after the 2012 school shooting rampage in neighboring Connecticut, but it is intensely disliked in parts of upstate New York with strong hunting and gun cultures.  Anti-SAFE Act signs are a common sight on rural lawns, and anti-SAFE Act rallies are being held this year from the shadow of the state Capitol to one scheduled this month in a Rochester park. Hundreds packed a firehouse near Troy weeks ago for a rally featuring a full slate of local politicians. More than a year after the law’s passage, resentments...

‘Wow’: Journalist Attempts to ‘Debunk’ Anti-Gun Group’s List of ‘School Shootings in America Since Sandy Hook’ — Here’s What He Found

‘Wow’: Journalist Attempts to ‘Debunk’ Anti-Gun Group’s List of ‘School Shootings in America Since Sandy Hook’ — Here’s What He Found – Everytown for Gun safety, an anti-gun group formed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and prominent gun control advocate Shannon Watts, released new data on Tuesday suggesting that there have been an average of 1.37 school shootings every single week in the U.S. since the deadly 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.  The anti-gun organization cites a total of 74 school shootings since Dec. 14, 2012. However, several of the shootings have come under scrutiny as some of them appear to have occurred off-campus and at least one may have been an instance of self-defense.  Journalist Charles C. Johnson dug deeper into Everytown’s data on Tuesday and published his findings on Twitter. He also criticized the fact that the group classified violent disputes and gang-related violence as “school...

Wait for a pistol permit in Onondaga County drops

Wait for a pistol permit in Onondaga County drops – The wait for a pistol permit in Onondaga County has steadily gotten better since a logjam was created in the wake of the passage of the NY Safe Act.  A year ago, it took 15 months get an appointment with the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department simply to apply for a pistol permit.  “We’ve been able to reduce the wait from over 15 months to three months.  That’s a tremendous improvement,” said Deputy Chief John...
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