Grants to shooting ranges not likely to improve Cuomo’s image with gun owners

Grants to shooting ranges not likely to improve Cuomo’s image with gun owners – State grants for shooting ranges?  If Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo thinks that will help him mend fences with gun owners, well, that dog don’t hunt.  Just ask Jim Mills of South Buffalo, who was one of the dozens of people at the Clarence Gun Show on Saturday.  “No. It’s not going to work,” Mills said. “I won’t vote for him.”  Mills says gun ranges are important. But bundles of state money to help improve them will not change his attitude about Cuomo as he runs for re-election later this year.  “I wouldn’t vote for him for dog catcher,” he...

Baldwinsville Rod and Gun Club among those tapping into DEC grant program

Baldwinsville Rod and Gun Club among those tapping into DEC grant program – The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced this week grants totaling nearly $135,000 that will go to shooting ranges across the state to revitalize and improve their operations and public access and promote the responsible use of...

Cuomo’s budget includes another $3.2 million for SAFE Act

Cuomo’s budget includes another $3.2 million for SAFE Act – Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $137.2 billion budget proposal includes an additional $3.2 million for personnel costs related to the SAFE Act, according to the head of the state police.  Superintendent Joseph D’Amico told lawmakers at a budget hearing this week that the money will go toward hiring civilian employees to help with administrative duties related to the gun laws, including the processing of assault-weapon registrations and maintaining records.  Cuomo’s spending proposal is for the 2014-15 fiscal year, which begins April...

State Police superintendent not sure when ammunition background checks will be ready

State Police superintendent not sure when ammunition background checks will be ready – The head of the State Police said Wednesday he has no idea when ammunition background checks, a key component of the state’s SAFE Act, will begin across the state.  State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico said his agency is still trying to find the right technology that will allow gun shop owners to swiftly complete the background checks, but that, so far, the solutions have been elusive.  “It’s not ready today,” D’Amico told lawmakers during a hearing on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s 2014 proposed...

Gillibrand, Schumer Urge Obama’s Task Force to Prevent Gun Violence to Include First Federal Law Cracking Down on Illegal Guns

Gillibrand, Schumer Urge Obama’s Task Force to Prevent Gun Violence to Include First Federal Law Cracking Down on Illegal Guns – U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles E. Schumer today urged Vice President Joseph Biden to include two important measures in his task force’s final recommendations to combat gun violence, set to be released this month – a measure to prevent scores of illegal guns from being trafficked into New York, and a measure to make it harder for felons and the mentally ill from purchasing guns.  V.P. Biden is leading the Obama administration’s efforts examining ways to reduce gun violence, in response to the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 20 children and six...
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