Guns, ammo going quick: Local stores struggle to keep shelves stocked with ammunition as consumers stock up

Guns, ammo going quick: Local stores struggle to keep shelves stocked with ammunition as consumers stock up – Gun enthusiasts fearful of new weapon controls and alarmed by rumors of government hoarding are buying bullets practically by the bushel, making it hard for stores nationwide to keep shelves stocked and even putting a pinch on some local law enforcement departments.  At a 24-hour Walmart in suburban Albany, the ammunition cabinet was three-fourths empty this week; sales clerks said customers must arrive before 9 the morning after a delivery to get what they want. A few miles away, Dick’s Sporting Goods puts up a red rope after ammunition deliveries so buyers can line up early to get a number, averting races up the escalator to the gun counter. Both stores are limiting ammunition purchases to three boxes a...

NY attorney general to tour upstate gun show, review new rules for ensuring background checks

NY attorney general to tour upstate gun show, review new rules for ensuring background checks – New York’s attorney general is set to get a firsthand look at how gun shows are adopting new rules meant to make sure that weapons there aren’t sold to prohibited buyers. Eric Schneiderman plans to tour The Original Rochester Gun Show Saturday afternoon. He’ll also talk about regulations his office worked out with most of the state’s gun show operators after undercover operations in 2011 showed buyers could obtain weapons without going through required background...

Gun-rights expert call local challenge to SAFE Act ‘significant’

Gun-rights expert call local challenge to SAFE Act ‘significant’ – In the marble-columned courthouse where five Supreme Court justices ruled that American citizens have the right to keep and bear arms, the gun-control law that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo calls the SAFE Act could one day find itself in grave danger.  The federal lawsuit filed in Buffalo earlier this month raises serious constitutional questions about several of the new law’s provisions, according to legal scholars who specialize in studying the Second Amendment – which guarantees gun rights – and who are familiar with the New York...

The Courage to Stand (Almost) Alone

The Courage to Stand (Almost) Alone – The Rockland County Times has learned that freshman Assemblyman James Skoufis (D-Stony Point, Orange County) was one of only a handful of Assembly Democrats to vote against Governor Cuomo’s NY SAFE gun control act.  Skoufis did not bow to political pressure at midnight and sign the bill, and instead chose to vote his conscience. This took courage, as Skoufis had only been in the Assembly less than a month at the time and he said he was under great pressure to vote...

State Assemblyman Says Tipline Reward Is Retaliation

State Assemblyman Says Tipline Reward Is Retaliation – New York State Assemblyman Andrew Goodell is accusing the Cuomo Administration of expanding a whistle blower program as a form of punishment to 51 Upstate counties that have passed legislation opposing New York’s Safe Act.  “The Cuomo Administration has expanded that program to all of Upstate New York offering a $500 dollar reward if a neighbor turns in another neighbor on the theory the neighbor didn’t properly register their rifle,” said Goodell.  The Jamestown Republican told YNN’s Mark Goshgarian that a Division of Criminal Justice Services tipline, created to curb gang violence in New York City, is now being used to target Upstate rifle...

Mayor Bloomberg’s $12 million ad blitz backing gun control causes headaches for Democrats in gun-friendly territory

Mayor Bloomberg’s $12 million ad blitz backing gun control causes headaches for Democrats in gun-friendly territory – Mayor Bloomberg’s $12 million ad blitz to drum up Senate support for background checks on all gun purchases could backfire, Senate strategists said Monday.  Bloomberg said Sunday that his group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, will spend a fortune over the next two weeks on television ads aimed at pressuring wavering senators to support background check legislation. Voting is expected to start around April 9.  The ads are running in 13 states while senators are home for a two-week Easter...
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