Opt-out forms for pistol permit-holders available in Erie County

Opt-out forms for pistol permit-holders available in Erie County – Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs reminded pistol permit holders who have not yet completed their public records exemptions forms that his office is still accepting the opt-out paperwork.  Since the February implementation of the privacy provision in the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Act, Jacobs’ office has receive approximately 30,000 opt-out forms, from local residents.  “My office has collected opt-out forms from 50 percent of the over 60,000 pistol permit holders in Erie County,” Jacobs said. “I want to ensure that the remaining permit holders, who have not yet completed and sent in their privacy forms, know that my office will continue to accept...

Outdoors Notebook: Ontario, Wayne counties legalize big-game rifle hunting

Outdoors Notebook: Ontario, Wayne counties legalize big-game rifle hunting – Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation legalizing rifle hunting for big game (deer and black bear) in Ontario and Wayne counties, adding to a growing list. Of approximately 30 counties in western and central New York, only nine remain that ban the use of rifles, including Monroe, Orleans, Genesee and Livingston. A proposal to include Livingston failed again, but now that it’s sandwiched between Wyoming and Ontario, it will likely pass in the future. Rifle cartridges travel farther than shotgun slugs, so allowing rifle use for hunting has long been a controversial topic. But rifle users tend to be more safety conscious, proponents note, and statistics in counties where use of rifles was allowed on a trial basis showed no increase in...

In state’s gun debate, money still flows

In state’s gun debate, money still flows – More than six months after New York’s sweeping crackdown on gun and ammunition purchases, money from supporters and opponents is still pouring into the chief combatants in the debate, though for very different purposes.  New Yorkers for Gun Safety, a state Democratic Party political action committee ostensibly controlled by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, raised $408,000 in just 30 days, according to campaign filings made public this week.  That is considered a hefty sum by Albany standards – even more so because donations to policy causes typically dry up once a policy matter has been decided at the...

Bramson Should Resign from Fringe Anti-Second Amendment Group

Bramson Should Resign from Fringe Anti-Second Amendment Group – Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I – Fishkill) released a statement this week criticizing New Rochelle mayor and Democratic candidate for Westchester County Executive Noah Bramson for his membership in Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Lalor is calling on Bramson to resign from the organization after it included Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Los Angeles cop killer Christopher Dorner, along with other criminals, on a list of gun violence...

Massena eyes resolution opposing SAFE Act

Massena eyes resolution opposing SAFE Act – Mayor James F. Hidy will soon be the recipient of a resolution passed by the town of Potsdam in opposition to the SAFE Act, after requesting a copy of the resolution from Will Gray, a local gun rights activist who has attended the past three village board meetings.  “We have been talking about the SAFE Act and reviewing resolutions passed by other resolutions,” Mr. Hidy said, noting he wanted to review the resolution passed by the town of Potsdam. “We are working on it. I’m sure we’ll come up with something. We’re looking at a fit for us,” he...

Crosman hosts Northeast Regional Field Target Championship

Crosman hosts Northeast Regional Field Target Championship – Members of the United States and Venezuelan national field target teams and other top shooters are at Crosman Corp. headquarters this weekend for the Northeast Regional Field Target Championship. “This is our fourth year hosting the event,” Crosman shooting services manager Mark DeBoard said. “The first year we had 60 shooters and now we’re pushing 90.” The air rifle event takes place Saturday and Sunday with each competitor taking 60 shots per day. Field target requires shooters to knock down steel targets set at distances ranging from 15 to 50 yards. Those with the highest number of hits will be named winners. Divisions and classes are based on the air gun and support equipment used by...
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