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...

Cairo, Durham oppose SAFE Act

Cairo, Durham oppose SAFE Act – The towns of Cairo and Durham have joined New Baltimore and Greene County in passing a resolution stating their opposition to New York’s controversial gun control law known as the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act. The law, passed in January in less than a day using a message of necessity from Governor Andrew Cuomo, is one of the most restrictive guns laws in the country. It broadens the definition of banned “assault” rifles, imposes a seven-round limit on magazines, increases penalties for illegal gun possession, expands background check requirements, reduces public access to gun permit information and allows mental health professionals to report gun-owning patients they fear might harm themselves or...

Putnam mom petitions county on SAFE Act opposition

Putnam mom petitions county on SAFE Act opposition – The dialogue about gun reform that a Philipstown mother-of-two and 500 others wanted to have with their representatives in Putnam County government following the shooting deaths of 26 first-graders and teachers at a Connecticut school will take place instead in May. Alexandra Dubroff, 38, of Nelsonville, the organizer of a 500-name petition, has been appealing to Putnam County lawmakers to open the dialogue since February, when the county Legislature voted to oppose New York’s new gun reform law. The vote took place without public...

Gun-rights expert call local challenge to SAFE Act ‘significant’

Gun-rights expert call local challenge to SAFE Act ‘significant’ – In the marble-columned courthouse where five Supreme Court justices ruled that American citizens have the right to keep and bear arms, the gun-control law that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo calls the SAFE Act could one day find itself in grave danger.  The federal lawsuit filed in Buffalo earlier this month raises serious constitutional questions about several of the new law’s provisions, according to legal scholars who specialize in studying the Second Amendment – which guarantees gun rights – and who are familiar with the New York...

The Courage to Stand (Almost) Alone

The Courage to Stand (Almost) Alone – The Rockland County Times has learned that freshman Assemblyman James Skoufis (D-Stony Point, Orange County) was one of only a handful of Assembly Democrats to vote against Governor Cuomo’s NY SAFE gun control act.  Skoufis did not bow to political pressure at midnight and sign the bill, and instead chose to vote his conscience. This took courage, as Skoufis had only been in the Assembly less than a month at the time and he said he was under great pressure to vote...
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