Senator to keep pushing broader gun checks

Senator to keep pushing broader gun checks – One of the principal sponsors of defeated gun background check legislation said he isn’t giving up on getting a bill passed. West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said backers of expanded background checks for gun purchases must focus on “where the comfort zone is” with gun owners. A bill Manchin co-sponsored with Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania failed to clear the Senate last month. The National Rifle Association, which staunchly opposed the measure, celebrated its defeat at a convention in...

Gun Control Debate Ripples Through Firearm Industry

Gun Control Debate Ripples Through Firearm Industry – The gun control debate continues to roil the firearm industry. In a recent Bloomberg Businessweek cover story, we reported on the complicated, sometimes-fraught relationship between the gun business and the National Rifle Association. Now the trade group that represents firearm manufacturers has split with its longtime event organizer, Reed Exhibitions, because of complaints from within the industry that Reed strayed from the Second Amendment hard...

Pediatricians take on gun lobby – carefully

Pediatricians take on gun lobby – carefully – To pediatricians, gun control is a public health issue, not a political one. But they’re treading a fine line, and they know it. The American Academy of Pediatrics has begun a renewed push to try to get Congress to pass gun control measures, sending more than 100 pediatricians to Capitol Hill earlier this month. But others who have taken on the issue over the past decade have a warning for them: they can run afoul of the National Rifle Association and other pro-gun groups that are quick to paint anyone who advocates for gun control as a political...

Obama, Democrats Misfire on Guns

Obama, Democrats Misfire on Guns – The owner of a small gun shop here sits on a wooden stool behind a glass-topped counter filled with handguns. The only thing folks talk about when they come into this store is what Washington will do next to attack gun owners, says the man, dressed in a crisp white shirt, dark blue pants and a ballcap from a local paint store. “The story that is not being told is how afraid folks really are,” he says, refusing to have his name published. He has lived through the turbulent ’60s and ’70s and served in Vietnam, he says, but none of that compares to the fear he sees in today’s...

Spa City Commissioner Mathiesen seeks public hearing on gun resolution

Spa City Commissioner Mathiesen seeks public hearing on gun resolution – Public Safety Commissioner Christian Mathiesen plans to set a public hearing on a resolution to require that all guns carried downtown be kept out of sight.  The proposed local ordinance stems from the January Saratoga Arms Fair that drew protests from both sides of the gun control...

Putnam mom to deliver petition supporting NY SAFE Act

Putnam mom to deliver petition supporting NY SAFE Act – While a Cold Spring mother was unnerved to receive an anonymous call questioning her support for the state’s new gun-reform act, she still plans to deliver a petition this week to members of the Putnam County Legislature who passed a resolution against the law.  Alexandra Dubroff said she received a call Monday afternoon from an unidentified man who, while polite, strongly encouraged her to change her position.  “To be honest, it is disconcerting,” she said. “I feel like they are trying to bully...
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