Local legislators reiterate support for Remington Arms

Local legislators reiterate support for Remington Arms – Six Mohawk Valley legislators want to make sure Remington Arms knows it’s wanted in Herkimer County, especially in light of the 2013 SAFE Act and the company’s recent out-of-state expansions, the latter of which led to layoffs in Ilion.  They sent a letter to Remington Chairman and CEO George Kollitides Sept. 30 to reaffirm their “interest in working with you and your team to ensure Remington’s continued viability and its enduring presence in Herkimer County.”They noted they’d support a modernization of the existing...

Candidate for Lieutenant Governor Visits Remington Arms

Candidate for Lieutenant Governor Visits Remington Arms – Years ago, Remington Arms was the place to work in Herkimer County, but now some might say there’s no job security. “Our area was lucky, most of the people were there more than two years and were able to stay there,” said Stephen Natali, who works at Remington Arms. “But I feel bad for the other people who got laid off. ” According to lieutenant governor candidate and Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss, the SAFE Act has made it harder for the company to keep jobs in Ilion. He wants to loosen regulations and help older businesses expand rather than give incentives to new ones. “What are we doing for all the existing companies that are here,” said Moss. “What are we doing for the small businesses all over New York state that are hurting? We need to revamp the economic development plan so that it levels the playing field for small business, big businesses and existing businesses. Yeah it might be too late for here but maybe we can stop business that are still here from...

Committee backs partial disclosure

Committee backs partial disclosure – In an advisory opinion issued Friday, the state Committee on Open Government says the State Police should not deny Freedom of Information Law requests seeking “aggregate” data such as the number of assault weapons that have been registered under the provisions of the NY SAFE Act. State Police officials have for almost a year refused to release any data about the number of weapons registered under the controversial gun control law. They have consistently pointed to a little-known clause tucked into the speedily passed law that renders registration information contained in the state’s databank confidential: “Records assembled or collected for purposes of inclusion in such (a) database shall not be subject to disclosure,” the law reads. To the derision of anti-NY SAFE activists and transparency advocates, the State Police has held that the statute covers any data derived from those records, as well. Critics say that the policy prevents New Yorkers from assessing the effectiveness of the registration...

NYC Assemblyman Proposes Gun Restraining Order Bill

NYC Assemblyman Proposes Gun Restraining Order Bill – A New York assemblyman is introducing gun restraining order legislation. The idea is to temporarily deny individuals who are considered dangerous access to guns.  Democratic Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh of Manhattan this week announced legislation that aims to reduce the risk of gun...

Candidates for Onondaga County sheriff weigh in on inmate treatment, SAFE Act

Candidates for Onondaga County sheriff weigh in on inmate treatment, SAFE Act – Since its passage in January 2013, the New York SAFE Act has been a topic of discussion for law enforcement officials across the state, including the two candidates running to replace outgoing Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin Walsh.  While speaking with Grant Reeher on WRVO’s Campbell Conversations, Republican Gene Conway and Democrat Toby Shelley expressed concerns with the gun control law, and neither threw their full support behind...

Gay gun activists: Growing LGBT push to support the Second Amendment

Gay gun activists: Growing LGBT push to support the Second Amendment – Four years ago Chris Cheng came out of nowhere to beat seasoned marksmen, police officers and veterans to win History Channel’s reality shooting competition show “Top Shot.”  “When I auditioned, I was openly gay. But I was surprised as nobody cared. They only cared how well I could shoot and represent our season,” said Cheng, who quit his job at Google after the show and is now an NRA news commentator and is releasing his first book “Shoot to Win.” “There is this stereotypical view of the gun community as anti-gay rednecks, but nothing could be further from the truth. It was interesting as the History Channel never ‘outed’ me on the show even though they had hours of footage. I asked why and they said simply that it just wasn’t relevant.”  Indeed gay rights and gun rights often go hand in hand says Gwen Patton, the rep for gay gun rights organization Pink Pistols National.  According to FBI Hate Crime Statistics, sexual orientation is the second largest motivator for bias crimes in the United States, second to racial bias, and far exceeding the number of religious or ethnically-spurred hate...
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