Legislators will be asked to oppose use of county seal on SAFE Act correspondence

Legislators will be asked to oppose use of county seal on SAFE Act correspondence – The chairman of the Genesee County Legislature said lawmakers will be asked to pass a resolution Wednesday to oppose the state’s use of the county seal on any SAFE Act correspondence sent to pistol permit holders.  Ray Cianfrini said state police have begun mailing pistol permit recertification letters to handgun owners. Permit recertification every five years is part of the SAFE...

Symbolic battle between counties and New York State over the NY SAFE Act

Symbolic battle between counties and New York State over the NY SAFE Act – Onondaga County may soon join a growing number of other counties in a symbolic battle with New York State one year after passage of the SAFE Act.  County legislator Casey Jordan will introduce a bill before the Public Safety Committee on Wednesday that would prohibit the state from using the official Onondaga County Seal or any other symbols, logos or letterheads without the county’s...

Sen. Cornyn Introduces Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act

Sen. Cornyn Introduces Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act – U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) today introduced the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2014, which would allow individuals with concealed carry privileges in their home state to exercise those rights in any other state that also has concealed carry laws. The legislation is cosponsored by U.S. Sens. Thune (R-SD), Vitter (R-LA), Graham (R-SC), Boozman (R-AR), Inhofe (R-OK), Crapo (R-ID), Burr (R-NC), Cochran (R-MS), Johanns (R-NE), Enzi (R-WY), Moran (R-KS), Roberts (R-KS), and Portman...

NRA praises Owens for gun control votes

NRA praises Owens for gun control votes – U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, is receiving praise from the National Rifle Association as he gears up for his 2014 re-election campaign.  The NRA Institute for Legislative Actions sent an email to NRA members in New York this week urging them to contact Owens, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, and thank him for voting against several “anti-gun amendments” that House members attempted to attach to a House Commerce, Justice and Science budget bill during the committee process in November.  The NRA said gun control advocacy groups have criticized Owens because of his votes against the...

Wyoming Co. wants no role in SAFE Act

Wyoming Co. wants no role in SAFE Act – When state officials contact pistol permit holders about recertifications, they won’t be using Wyoming County imagery.  The county’s Board of Supervisors has denied permission for the state to use the county’s name, seal, letterhead or address during the process — or for any other purpose associated with the N.Y. SAFE Act.  “I guess at first it goes back to the county clerk and the sheriff,” said Chairman Douglas Berwanger. “That seal belongs to them when they take office. They do not support the SAFE Act, and each official brought their concerns to the...

Legislature bans use of Rensselaer County seal in SAFE Act enforcement

Legislature bans use of Rensselaer County seal in SAFE Act enforcement – The Rensselaer County Legislature is attempting to further distance itself from the New York SAFE Act by recommending that the county seal and any likeness of it not be used in the law’s enforcement. The Legislature voted 11-6 in favor of the resolution on Tuesday as legislators said barring the use of the seal during enforcement would emphasize it is a state law and not a county one.  “We want residents to have no doubt that if they are receiving any correspondence regarding the NY SAFE Act that it is coming from the state and not the county,” said Thomas Walsh Sr., R-District...
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