Albany police union blasts SAFE Act as ‘foolish’

Albany police union blasts SAFE Act as ‘foolish’ – The Albany Police Officers Union is the latest to blast the state’s sweeping new gun control law, saying the so-called SAFE Act “violates fundamental constitutional rights” and is “unduly and purposely burdensome on law-abiding citizens.”  The union, an affiliate of statewide law enforcement union Council 82, has sent a blistering four-page letter (posted below) airing its grievances with the controversial new law to the region’s state legislative delegation.  The sharply worded message from APOU President Thomas Mahar calls for the law’s repeal — saying it won’t make anyone safer and demonstrates government’s  ”contempt” for the state’s...

Supreme Court declines to hear gun rights case

Supreme Court declines to hear gun rights case – Staying out of the raging national debate over guns, the Supreme Court on Monday declined to weigh in on whether gun owners have a constitutional right to carry handguns outside the home.  The court decided not to hear a challenge to a New York state law that requires those who want to carry a concealed handgun to show they have a special reason before they can get a...

Amherst man’s gun permit reinstated after error

Amherst man’s gun permit reinstated after error – David A. Lewis, a college librarian from Amherst, got his pistol permit reinstated Thursday and is getting his seven guns back soon, but not before touching off a new round of debate over Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s NY SAFE Act.  Somewhere between the State Police in Albany and the Erie County Clerk’s Office in Buffalo, the wrong David Lewis lost his gun permit and his...

Guns want to be free: what happens when 3D printing and crypto-anarchy collide?

Guns want to be free: what happens when 3D printing and crypto-anarchy collide? – Cyberculture icon Stewart Brand’s famous notion that “information wants to be free” has been an almost ubiquitous refrain ever since utopian-minded hackers began populating computer networks in the 1980s. Today, 3D printing has given the phrase a whole new meaning, allowing raw data to become real world weapons with the click of a button. Cody R. Wilson, the antagonistic founder of Defense Distributed, is taking that idea to its logical — and hugely controversial —...

Rifle group tries to halt SAFE Act

Rifle group tries to halt SAFE Act – The New York Rifle and Pistol Association plans to take legal action Monday to stop New York’s new gun-control measures.  Association President Thomas King and state Assemblyman Marc Butler talked about the legal effort with about 100 local gun owners and gun-rights advocates at the Pine Tree Rifle Club on Wednesday.  King said his group will file a petition for a temporary restraining order against the SAFE Act in federal court in...

State Police Mistakenly Enforce SAFE Act Provision

State Police Mistakenly Enforce SAFE Act Provision – Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs said the New York State Police made a mistake when they enforced a mental health provision of the New York SAFE Act.  Jacobs said he was ordered in an email from State Police to contact David Lewis, 35, and notify him he had to turn over his...
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