Nojay announces Freedompalooza, music fest starring, uh … freedom!

Nojay announces Freedompalooza, music fest starring, uh … freedom! – Assemblyman Bill Nojay, R-Pittsford, is launching his new Freedom Coalition with an Aug. 24 music and voter education fundraiser at the Altamont Fairgrounds called Freedompalooza. The event will feature “some of country music’s top performers,” although none of them had been finalized before the Wednesday-morning press conference at the Capitol.  Slated to run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Freedompalooza does have a Facebook page and a ticket cost: $35, with children 12 and younger admitted free with an...

Nojay, King launch new voter-registration effort

Nojay, King launch new voter-registration effort – A new organization led by an outspoken Republican assemblyman and the state’s largest gun-rights group will aim to boost competition at New York’s election booths, organizers said Wednesday.  The “Freedom Coalition” formally launched this week, and will operate with the goal of enrolling enough new voters to make New York’s elections more competitive, said Assemblyman Bill Nojay, R-Pittsford, Monroe County.  Nojay, a freshman lawmaker, is leading the effort with Tom King, president of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association. Both have been outspoken critics of the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, a slate of tougher new gun laws pushed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in...

NY court finds NYC pistol licensing fees are legal

NY court finds NYC pistol licensing fees are legal – An appeals court says it’s constitutional for New York City to charge a much higher application fee for a handgun permit than elsewhere in the state.  The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled on Tuesday.  It rejected a lawsuit brought by guns rights advocates including the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association and the Second Amendment...

The Real Reason One Side Seems Louder in the Debate About Gun Violence

The Real Reason One Side Seems Louder in the Debate About Gun Violence – The last time we engaged in a gun debate that was as loud and time-consuming as what erupted after Sandy Hook was when the assault-weapons ban was enacted in 1994. But there was no Internet in 1994 so it’s impossible to compare what happened then to what is going on now. The fact that a large number of “grassroots” gun control organizations have suddenly sprung into existence doesn’t necessarily mean that the country is more or less supportive of gun restrictions versus gun rights than it was twenty years ago. There’s simply no way to compare the noise levels from one communication environment to the...
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