State Legislators Against Illegal Guns Elects Co-Chairs

State Legislators Against Illegal Guns Elects Co-Chairs – Today, the New York State Chapter of State Legislators Against Illegal Guns (SLAIG NY) held its first meeting of 2012 and announced the election of Senator Eric Adams, Assemblymember Michelle Schimel, and Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh as Co-Chairs of the group’s Steering Committee.  SLAIG is planning to hold additional educational forums, meetings, and other events throughout the year. The group is committed to working together to find innovative ways to prevent illegal gun...

Thoughts on Microstamping

Thoughts on Microstamping – I recently met with Jody Weis, Deputy Director of the Chicago Crime Commission. Our discussion centered on reducing illegal guns in their respective states of New York and Illinois.  As the sponsor of a microstamping bill in the New York State Assembly, I met with Mr. Weis after learning of his interest in microstamping technology from a national news show where he spoke about his plan to push for microstamping legislation in...

LaPierre returning to Albany

LaPierre returning to Albany – National Rifle Association president and CEO Wayne LaPierre will return to Albany in March as the featured speaker at an annual rally of the state’s hunters, anglers and trappers.  LaPierre will deliver the keynote address at the third annual “Sportsmen and Outdoor Recreation Legislative Awareness Day,” held in “The Well” of the Legislative Office...

Cuomo asks legislature to scrap worthless bullet tracking system

Cuomo asks legislature to scrap worthless bullet tracking system – A failed effort to to track shell casings in the interest of solving crimes appears to be heading to legislative repeal. The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association said they applaud Governor Cuomo’s proposal to scrap the Combined Ballistic Identification System (CoBIS). After collecting over 356,000 spent shell casings since March 2001 at an estimated cost of nearly $44 million, not a single crime has been solved because of the program, NYSRPA...

On NRA program, Kolb talks of need for firearm right-to-carry reciprocity bill

On NRA program, Kolb talks of need for firearm right-to-carry reciprocity bill – Following an appearance on a news program produced by the National Rifle Association, Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb, R-Canandaigua, said he was in the process of introducing legislation that would allow registered gun owners from outside New York state to carry registered firearms as long as they have the proper...

Lancman rips Turner on handgun stance

Lancman rips Turner on handgun stance – State Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) last week excoriated Congressman Bob Turner (R-Queens and Brooklyn) for refusing to support federal gun control legislation pending in Washington.  Turner and his office last week declined to comment on whether or not he would reconsider his stand on firearms legislation in the wake of the shooting death of NYPD Officer Peter Figoski in December.  Lancman, widely considered to be running against Turner in November, issued a scathing statement on Jan....
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