Nassau lawmakers split on gun-crime registry

Nassau lawmakers split on gun-crime registry – A bill introduced last week by Democrats in the Nassau County Legislature would create an online database of all individuals convicted of gun-related crimes, including the offender’s photo, home address and employer.  But Republicans in the legislative majority said they will not call a vote on the bill because they say Nassau does not have jurisdiction over gun laws.  The Nassau County Gun Offenders Registration Act would require defendants convicted of offenses involving a firearm to register their information with county police and to keep the data updated for four...

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino visits Saratoga Arms Fair

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino visits Saratoga Arms Fair – In a bid to take over as New York State Governor, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino says, it’s time for change in New York State. He announced his run earlier this month, and Sunday he took his campaign to the Capital Region, stopping in Saratoga Springs for the Arms Fair. He says he wants to get rid of the SAFE Act.  “The SAFE Act did nothing to make us safer. All it did was get a headline for the governor and demonize law abiding citizens who did nothing wrong with guns, and what we did in Westchester which I think is the real issue which is mental health,” says...

Gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino appears at gun show

Gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino appears at gun show – When Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino visited the gun show at the City Center Sunday afternoon, he knew how to get the crowd’s attention.  “If I am elected governor, I will repeal the SAFE Act,” Astorino boomed into the mic in his introduction, receiving a hearty response from the gun show visitors who had momentarily paused from browsing the show’s booths to listen to his short speech.  “(Gov. Cuomo) took away your rights, why don’t you take away his job?” was another suggestion popular with the gun show...

H.R. 2959, the Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2013

H.R. 2959, the Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2013 – The Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2013 (H.R. 2959) has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressmen Richard Nugent (R-Fla.) and Jim Matheson (D-Utah).  The bill would allow any person who is not prohibited from possessing or receiving a firearm under federal law and who has a valid, concealed firearm permit to carry a concealed handgun in any state that issues its own residents permits to carry concealed firearms.  Persons carrying a handgun in another state pursuant to H.R. 2959 would be subject to the laws of that state with respect to where concealed firearms may be carried.  Similar legislation to H.R. 2959 passed the U.S. House of Representatives in 2011 by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of...

County to Appeal Decision on Gun Records

County to Appeal Decision on Gun Records – Putnam County officials intend to fight on after a state judge ruled that the county must divulge the names of handgun owners who declined to “opt out” of public disclosure under New York’s 2013 gun control law.  In a decision handed down March 5, State Supreme Court Justice Robert Neary, based in Westchester County, ruled in favor of The Journal News newspaper and its corporate parent, Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc., against Putnam County, whose county clerk, Dennis Sant, refused to provide the newspaper with information on registered pistol...

Old Forge biathlete makes her mark at Junior World Biathlon Championships in Maine

Old Forge biathlete makes her mark at Junior World Biathlon Championships in Maine – Former Section III high school Nordic skiing champion Maddie Phaneuf is continuing her athletic success in the biathlon.  Phaneuf made her mark recently at the Junior World Biathlon Championships held at the Nordic Heritage Ski Center in Presque Isle, ME.  She competed as a member of the US Youth/Junior Biathlon Team.  The competition was held Feb. 28 to March...
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