In Johnsburg, talk of a gun ban triggers reactions

In Johnsburg, talk of a gun ban triggers reactions – A Second Amendment debate of national proportions is brewing in this rural, hunting-happy community.  Local officials are considering local legislation that could outlaw the possession of firearms on all town property.  The proposal arose as officials looked to update the municipal workplace violence policy.  In other communities that have proposed such bans, they have pitted municipal employees against gun...

Sullivan County Sheriff Mike Schiff advises that the back log of pistol permit applications has eased

Sullivan County Sheriff Mike Schiff advises that the back log of pistol permit applications has eased – In February, the Sheriff’s Office encountered a log jam of pistol permit applications when a state worker took the early retirement incentive at the State Office of Mental Health in Albany. The agency is required by law to check its records to determine if an applicant for a New York State Pistol Permit has been treated for mental illness. After the worker retired, no one was hired as a replacement. As a result pistol permits, as well has other applications that require a mental health check, were not being processed. “We made an inquiry through the State Sheriff’s Association and Orange County Sheriff Carl DuBois contacted Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther for assistance”, said Sheriff Mike Schiff. “I think they eliminated the position not realizing what that person really did”, he said. The State Office of Mental Health hired additional staff in the spring and the backlog has finally begun to ease in the last month according to the...

Council speaker forms task force against gun violence

Council speaker forms task force against gun violence – City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) has proposed a new task force aimed at lessening the scourge of youth gun violence that has swept through the city, culminating a Labor Day weekend with more than 40 shootings and three shooting deaths in three days, including seven people shot in...

Edwards Reminds Hunters Of New Law

Edwards Reminds Hunters Of New Law – As hunters in Chautauqua County prepare for the start of the 2011 deer and black bear hunting season, with opening day on Nov. 19 and ending Dec. 11, County Executive Gregory J. Edwards is reminding residents about recent changes to New York state’s hunting regulations.  On Aug. 3, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Rifle Hunting Bill, which allows hunters to use a rifle to hunt deer and bear in the area of Chautauqua County south of Route...

AG’s office touts win in concealed-handgun case

AG’s office touts win in concealed-handgun case – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman is hailing a “major court victory” in defense of New York’s requirement that anyone wishing to carry a concealed handgun in public must obtain a special license to do so.  The decision was handed down in the case of Kachalsky, et al. v. Cacace, et al by a federal judge in the Southern District of New York, who rejected the plaintiffs’ challenge to the state’s handgun licensing statute. The AG’s office said the decision essentially states that individuals don’t have a constitutional right to carry a gun in...

No Cause, No Gun, Judge Tells Gun Lovers

No Cause, No Gun, Judge Tells Gun Lovers – Five Westchester residents and the Second Amendment Foundation cannot relax a law forcing citizens to demonstrate proper cause before they pack heat on public streets, a federal judge ruled.  New York courts have interpreted “proper cause” as having a “special need for self-protection” as compared to the general population.  “I hold that the state has an important government interest in promoting public safety and preventing crime,” U.S. District Judge Cathy Seibel wrote in an order dismissing a class action challenging the...
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