Grant money available to shooting ranges

Grant money available to shooting ranges – A $65,000 pot of state grants is being made available to shooting ranges across the state.  According to a news release, the funding is designed to support recreational opportunities and to promote firearm safety. The funding will be doled out in matching grants at a three to one...

Obama fires back as GOP threatens to derail gun control

Obama fires back as GOP threatens to derail gun control – The Obama administration is ratcheting up the pressure on Congress to pass comprehensive gun control legislation as cracks in a bipartisan deal begin to emerge. The administration’s hard line is an attempt to preemptively undermine GOP threats to filibuster any new legislation brought to the...

Michael Bloomberg group’s gun-control scorecard will give lawmakers letter grades

Michael Bloomberg group’s gun-control scorecard will give lawmakers letter grades – New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, one of the nation’s most committed and deep-pocketed gun-control proponents, is ratcheting up pressure on lawmakers by launching a new system to grade them based on their votes and statements on gun issues.  Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the nonprofit group financed by Bloomberg (I), will unveil a scoring system Tuesday to award lawmakers grades of A through F, much like the National Rifle Association, which has derived much of its power by deploying letter rankings against politicians at election time. The group’s strategists briefed The Washington Post on the plans ahead of Tuesday’s...

Galway junior rifle team prepares to compete nationally

Galway junior rifle team prepares to compete nationally – “It takes an incredible amount of self discipline and concentration to really get good at it,” said Coach Chuck Boykin.  The teens on the junior rifle team range in age from 12 to 18.  “Shooting is a very mental sport. It’s 90 percent mental, ten percent physical,” Logan Ogden said.  It’s that intense focus that has Logan Ogden, 14, and Breanna Flint, 18, preparing for the National Junior Olympics in Colorado Springs this week.  “One target has ten bulls and you can get ten points on each bull. You want to try to hit that little tiny dot in the center to get a ten,” Ogden said.  Last year’s Junior Olympics winner in Logan’s category received a score of 576 out of...

Guns, ammo going quick: Local stores struggle to keep shelves stocked with ammunition as consumers stock up

Guns, ammo going quick: Local stores struggle to keep shelves stocked with ammunition as consumers stock up – Gun enthusiasts fearful of new weapon controls and alarmed by rumors of government hoarding are buying bullets practically by the bushel, making it hard for stores nationwide to keep shelves stocked and even putting a pinch on some local law enforcement departments.  At a 24-hour Walmart in suburban Albany, the ammunition cabinet was three-fourths empty this week; sales clerks said customers must arrive before 9 the morning after a delivery to get what they want. A few miles away, Dick’s Sporting Goods puts up a red rope after ammunition deliveries so buyers can line up early to get a number, averting races up the escalator to the gun counter. Both stores are limiting ammunition purchases to three boxes a...

NY attorney general to tour upstate gun show, review new rules for ensuring background checks

NY attorney general to tour upstate gun show, review new rules for ensuring background checks – New York’s attorney general is set to get a firsthand look at how gun shows are adopting new rules meant to make sure that weapons there aren’t sold to prohibited buyers. Eric Schneiderman plans to tour The Original Rochester Gun Show Saturday afternoon. He’ll also talk about regulations his office worked out with most of the state’s gun show operators after undercover operations in 2011 showed buyers could obtain weapons without going through required background...
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