Assemblyman Lancman keeps at Congressman Turner, this time over guns

Assemblyman Lancman keeps at Congressman Turner, this time over guns – Assemblyman Rory Lancman wanted a shot at the 9th Congressional District during the special election back in September. Since the man Queens party boss Congressman Joe Crowley picked for the seat lost to Republican Bob Turner, the Assemblyman has kept up a steady stream of criticism of the new congressman, potentially portending a run against him next year.  Today’s critique is over Congressman Turner’s position on gun control (something the city takes very seriously).  Or, I suppose, lack there of: Turner, according to the Queens Chronicle, won’t take a position on a bill to strengthen gun background checks.  “Congressman Bob Turner’s troubling position on guns leaves Queens families and New York’s finest vulnerable,” Lancman said in a statement. “It’s extremely unsettling that someone who represents me and my community would put our safety at risk to satisfy the gun...

Gun Control: A Movement Without Followers

Gun Control: A Movement Without Followers – In the year since the Tucson (Ariz.) massacre, in which a Glock-wielding gunman killed six people and wounded 13, the most famous victim, Gabrielle Giffords, has recovered admirably. The Arizona representative has co-authored a memoir and made appearances in the well of the House of Representatives and on national television. What Giffords and her fellow Democrats have not done is use the Tucson bloodshed to achieve tougher gun control...

Turner mum on gun control bills

Turner mum on gun control bills – “I want to let the family and the NYPD know that they have the support, prayers, love and respect of our community.”  The words were spoken last month by Congressman Bob Turner(R-Queens and Brooklyn) at a fund raiser for the daughters of slain NYPD Officer Peter Figoski.  But Turnerís office is declining to say whether or not his support includes proposed federal gun control legislation that in the past has been supported by the New York City Patrolmenís Benevolent Association and NYPD Commissioner Ray...

Holder to Face Lawmakers’ Questions on U.S. Gun Operation

Holder to Face Lawmakers’ Questions on U.S. Gun Operation – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will testify about a federal gun operation before a House panel whose chairman accused the Justice Department of “shameful” conduct related to the matter.  Holder will appear Feb. 2 before the Oversight and Government Reform Committee to discuss the “Fast and Furious” program, which allowed illegal U.S. gun purchases in an effort to link the weapons to Mexican drug cartels, the panel said...

Our misfiring gun laws

Our misfiring gun laws – The City Council’s Public Safety Committee, and then the full council, are set to vote today to denounce a bill just passed by the US House of Representatives that would force every state to honor gun-carry permits issued by other states. The House is indeed off-base here — but New York City still needs to get its act...

Politics Aside: Are NYC’s gun laws unconstitutional?

Politics Aside: Are NYC’s gun laws unconstitutional? – After years of complaints by all but the most ardent anti-gun activists, New York City’s insanely strict gun laws are finally being exposed for the unconstitutional mess they are after two separate incidents in December in which tourists, with all the proper permits from their home states, were arrested for possessing...
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