NY judge rules NYC pistol licensing fees are legal

NY judge rules NYC pistol licensing fees are legal – A New York judge says it’s Constitutional for the city to charge an application fee for a handgun permit.  Federal Judge John Koeltl Monday rejected a lawsuit brought by guns rights advocates including the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association and the Second Amendment Foundation. They sued last year, saying a $340 handgun license fee every three years is unconstitutional because it burdens a basic right.  The judge says there’s no evidence the fee has stopped anyone from exercising their rights. He says the city showed the fee helps cover administrative...

Gunowners stand tall on Second Amendment

Gunowners stand tall on Second Amendment – Although many of the more than 1,000 sportsmen and sportswomen gathered in the “Well” of the Legislative Office Building in Albany Tuesday commented on the fantastic weather we’ve been enjoying throughout most of the month, it was the third annual Sportsmen and Outdoor Recreation Legislative Awareness Day that actually brought them there.  Arriving from Babylon, Buffalo and everywhere in between to support their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms and, in a symbolic show of unity, tell anti-gun legislators — the vast majority of whom are downstate democrats — they are fed up being looked upon as terrorists just because they own a gun for recreational purposes and/or...

NRA warns of Obama packing Supreme Court

NRA warns of Obama packing Supreme Court – The National Rifle Association is already jumping into the 2012 election, warning that a Democratic Senate and reelected president could get a shot at changing the political makeup of the Supreme Court and raining a hail of gun fire on the Second Amendment.  “We can’t afford a strategy of praying for the health of five Supreme Court justices,” said Chris Cox, director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, in a reference to the one-vote GOP majority on the court of nine aging...

12 states on path to guns with no permits

12 states on path to guns with no permits – Legislatures in a dozen states are considering laws that would eliminate requirements that residents obtain permits to carry concealed weapons.  Gun-control advocates view the efforts as part of a long-range strategy to eventually weaken gun laws across the country. But supporters say armed, law-abiding citizens prevent...

Federal judge finds right to bear arms not limited to home, Md. handgun law unconstitutional

Federal judge finds right to bear arms not limited to home, Md. handgun law unconstitutional – The Second Amendment right to bear arms is not limited to the home and Maryland’s requirement that residents show a “good and substantial reason” to get a handgun permit is unconstitutional, according to a federal judge’s opinion filed Monday.  The right to bear arms has historically been understood to allow for militia membership and hunting, which extends the right beyond the home, U.S. District Judge Benson Everett Legg wrote. States can channel the way residents exercise their rights, but because Maryland’s goal was to minimize the number of firearms outside homes by limiting the privilege to those who could demonstrate “good reason,” it had turned into a rationing system, he...

Mayor Kennedy Joins Fight Against Illegal Guns

Mayor Kennedy Joins Fight Against Illegal Guns – Newburgh Mayor Judy Kennedy has announced her membership in Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a national, bipartisan coalition of more than 600 mayors working to keep guns out of the hands of criminals. The Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition is pushing Congress to close deadly loopholes and give law enforcement agencies the tools they need to stop gun trafficking.  “We have to fight this battle on all fronts,” said Mayor Kennedy. “That means greater enforcement and awareness at the local level. At the same time, we need cooperation from...
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