The Three Most Important Ongoing Second Amendment Cases

The Three Most Important Ongoing Second Amendment Cases – Since the 2010 Supreme Court case McDonald v. Chicago, which applied the ruling in the 2008 Heller case (which said the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms) to states and localities, the Court has so far evaded any new case about the limits and meaning of the Second Amendment. Those two cases, though, did not resolve all the important questions about how and when and why the government can restrict Second Amendment rights. Heller and McDonald said that the right to possess commonly used weapons for self-defense in the home cannot be infringed, but Justice Antonin Scalia in his majority opinion in Heller explicitly said this didn’t mean anything goes when it comes to Americans and their...

County lawmakers deal with SAFE Act

County lawmakers deal with SAFE Act – The Niagara County Legislature continues to oppose New York’s controversial SAFE Act, passing a resolution Tuesday to deny Albany the use of the county seal and Sheriff’s Office logo on related documents and materials. County lawmakers also unanimously passed a resolution allowing retired Niagara County Sheriff’s officers to carry concealed weapons. That legislation would be in compliance with the federal Law Enforcement Officer’s Safety Act, which passed in 2004 exempting active and retired law enforcement officers from state and local laws barring concealed...

N.Y. won’t release gun law statistics

N.Y. won’t release gun law statistics – New York State Police are refusing to release statistical information about the number of new pistol permits in New York or how many assault weapons have been registered under a controversial gun-control law adopted in January. The SAFE Act approved in January forbids the disclosure of gun owners’ names who want to keep the information private andalso doesn’t allow a new gun database created by the law to be released publicly. But the state is citing the law as a reason to not release any numbers about pistol permits or assault weapons in New...

Cattaraugus officials upset over state’s use of seal for gun renewals

Cattaraugus officials upset over state’s use of seal for gun renewals – Since the inception of the New York SAFE Act, various county entities throughout the state have stood against various portions of the implementation of the measure. Cattaraugus County legislators are hopeful that they have blocked the state from a tactic that could result in confusion and trust issues, county officials...
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