Democrats push to restart CDC funding for gun violence

Democrats push to restart CDC funding for gun violence research – Two Congressional Democrats are unveiling legislation this morning that would restart the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s gun violence research efforts.  Since 1996, when a small CDC-funded study on the risks of owning a firearm ignited opposition from Republicans, the CDC’s budget for research on firearms injuries has shrunk to zero.  The result, as we’ve detailed, is that many basic questions about gun violence — such as how many Americans are shot each year — remain unanswered.  The new legislation, which will be introduced by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D., N.Y.) in the House, and Sen. Ed Markey (D., Mass.) in the Senate, would give the CDC $10 million a year “for the purpose of conducting or supporting research on firearms safety or gun violence...

Gun owners: Just say no to the SAFE Act

Gun owners: Just say no to the SAFE Act – he New York SAFE Act may have been passed by the state more than a year ago, but there has been no let-up in the opposition posed by gun owners to the law that restricts some gun rights, including “high-capacity magazines”, limiting all magazines to ten rounds. The law also requires background checks for ammunition purchases, and dealers are required to report all such purchases. Other components of the law include the creation of a registry of assault weapons, the requirement that mental health professionals report when a patient makes a credible threat of harming others, broadening the definition of an assault weapon, background checks for all gun sales, and increases in penalties for shooting first responders, among others. Since its passage — which was in response to the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School — the law, and the speed with which it was passed, has generated enormous opposition across the...

Senate GOP Sidestep Gun Control Measure

Senate GOP Sidestep Gun Control Measure – How badly do the Senate Republicans want to avoid any more discussion about the controversial issue of gun control in this crucial election year? Consider this:  The Senate rules allow each member – regardless of their majority or minority status – the ability to “compel” a committee vote on three bills a year.  Sen. Diane Savino, an IDC member, recently used this parliamentary maneuver to circumvent the chamber’s leadership in a push to get her medical marijuana bill to the floor for a vote.  Sen. Daniel Squadron, a Brooklyn Democrat, had hoped to do the same with his bill to ban .50 caliber sniper rifles (with an exemption for any weapon used for hunting) – a measure that was left out of the 2013 SAFE Act.  But in an act of what he deemed “parliamentary jiu jitsu” by the Republicans, Squadron’s bill was...

State officials won’t be able to use Ulster County seal for SAFE Act

State officials won’t be able to use Ulster County seal for SAFE Act – State officials will be prohibited from use of the official Ulster County seal for any purpose under a resolution that began as opposition to the way gun laws were tightened without public comment.  The restriction was adopted during a county Legislature meeting Tuesday, with the final resolution coming after a Democratic caucus that had lawmakers rejecting sections that would have prohibited state use of the county’s name or...

Ulster panel recommends lawmakers withhold county seal from SAFE Act enforcement effort

Ulster panel recommends lawmakers withhold county seal from SAFE Act enforcement effort – Ulster County legislators plan to ask the state not to use the county’s seal when requiring gun owners to renew their pistol permits every five years under the SAFE Act.  The Laws and Rules Committee of the county Legislature voted unanimously Monday evening to oppose the use of the county seal, said committee member Kenneth Ronk.  “This is not for or against the Safe Act,” said Ronk, R-Shawangunk. “This is just about the state overreaching and using county resources, essentially, to do a state...

SAFE Act repeal rejected in Assembly committee

SAFE Act repeal rejected in Assembly committee – An attempt to repeal the state’s tough gun-control law didn’t make it out an Assembly committee today, Assemblyman David DiPietro, R-East Aurora, Erie County, said.  Republican lawmakers and gun-rights advocates have been pushing the Legislature to repeal the SAFE Act, which was adopted in January 2013. The repeal has no chance of passage in the Legislature, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo has hailed the law as making the state safer after the Newtown school shootings in December 2012.  The SAFE Act repeal bill was unanimously rejected by the Democratic-led Assembly Codes Committee. A bill needs to be approved out of committee before it can be brought to the floor for a vote by the full...
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