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...

Three counties pull out of SAFE Act pilot permit program

Three counties pull out of SAFE Act pilot permit program – The Cortland County clerk’s office has backed out of a pilot run of a re-certification program for gun owners, part of the state’s stricter gun control laws, because it didn’t feel it was getting enough support from the...

‘Shooting sports program’ offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension in Oswego

‘Shooting sports program’ offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension in Oswego – Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County is accepting registrations for its Shooting Sports Program, which teaches youth the basics of using firearms and archery.  The 4-H Shooting Sports’ courses will meet a minimum of 5 times beginning the first week of May and end with a field day in early June. A program fee of $30 will be charged to cover the cost of materials and eye and ear...

NYC comptroller questions oil company’s NRA giving

NYC comptroller questions oil company’s NRA giving – The New York City comptroller has asked a Texas oil company to explain its chairman’s reported donations of $1 million each to the National Rifle Association and conservative political action committee American Crossroads.  Comptroller Scott Stringer, investment adviser and trustee to the $150 billion city pension funds, is questioning “both the magnitude and the corporate purpose” of the Clayton Williams Energy Inc. donations. He’s urging full disclosure to shareholders of all its political...

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...

County clerks: State delays handgun permit updates under NY SAFE Act

County clerks: State delays handgun permit updates under NY SAFE Act – A little-known component of the NY SAFE Act has shifted into low gear, according to county clerks who have participated in a pilot program to update handgun licenses.  Much of the controversy surrounding the 2013 gun control law has focused on its expanded assault weapons ban, and the accompanying registration requirement for previously owned rifles. (That deadline was Tuesday.) But the NY SAFE Act also calls for handgun permit holders to be recertified every five years with their local county clerks or sheriffs. According to the law, all permit holders need to be recertified by...
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