Why Smart Guns Are Failing to Gain Traction in America

Why Smart Guns Are Failing to Gain Traction in America – Maryland gun store co-owner Andy Raymond recently scrapped his plan to sell “smart guns” at his store, Engage Armament, after receiving hundreds of protests and several death threats. Raymond originally intended to sell Armatix’s iP1, a .22-caliber handgun that only fires when in a 10-inch radio frequency range from a paired watch. This is the second time a gun store has reversed its stance on smart guns — the first being a California store that backtracked earlier this year after being hit by a similar...

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...

After youths’ deaths, victims’ families push for gun-safety law

After youths’ deaths, victims’ families push for gun-safety law – Gun-control advocates are at the Capitol today to push for a bill that would require additional storage requirements for gun owners.  New Yorkers Against Gun Violence and victims’ families are seeking legislative approval for “Nicholas’s Bill,” which would would require the safe storage of all guns not in the immediate possession or control of the gun owner.  The legislation would require guns to be put in a safe storage depository or equipped with a locking device, with the goal of preventing access by children and others who should not have access to them, the group...

Astorino takes aim at gun control law

Astorino takes aim at gun control law – Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino was in Johnstown on Monday at the Pine Tree Rifle Club, where he received a warm welcome from local residents and state officials.  Astorino spoke about his campaign against Gov. Andrew Cuomo to a crowd of more than 50 people, where he criticized Cuomo for the state’s gun control law passed last year.  “Cuomo took away your rights, then you just have to take away his job,” Astorino said, followed by loud applause from the audience. “This is not a New York City-based race, this is upstate.  Almost half of the vote in this election will come from counties like Fulton and upstate New York, so you can make it...

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...
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