Tenney urges Assembly panel to allow vote on SAFE Act repeal

Tenney urges Assembly panel to allow vote on SAFE Act repeal – The Assembly Democratic majority is being urged by Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney to take up her bill that would repeal Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s gun control law known as the SAFE Act. The bill by Tenney, R-101, New Hartford, was to be considered today by the Assembly Codes Committee, which could then bring the legislation to the floor for a vote. Tenney, who has voted against SAFE Act funding in three consecutive budgets, said in an announcement that the act is “a violation of our Second Amendment Rights and has stripped law-abiding New Yorkers of their fundamental constitutional...

Shooting program takes off in city school

Shooting program takes off in city school – In the bowels of Charlotte High School, around the corner from the boiler room and directly beneath the swimming pool, shots ring out. It is hot, humid and noisy. Four young men are prone and propped up on their backpacks with Olympic-grade Daisy single-shot air rifles pointed down-range. Master Sgt. Shawn Legault paces behind them. The boys, students at Leadership Academy for Young Men, are part of one of the few marksmanship programs in a public high school, and certainly the only one in Monroe County. “I believe this is character-building,” said Master Sgt. Eric Meister, who directs the program along with Legault as part of Leadership Academy’s JROTC program. “And that’s our mission, to build better...

Mayor promises to shoot down Poughkeepsie Common Council’s gun proposal

Mayor promises to shoot down Poughkeepsie Common Council’s gun proposal – A number of public officials on the local, county and state level Thursday voiced their opposition to a Poughkeepsie Common Council proposal to create further gun storage requirements. The Safe House Ordinance, proposed by Alderwoman ShaRon McClinton in reaction to a slew of accidental shootings of children by other children, would require gun owners to keep their guns locked and stored when not in their immediate possession, enclosed in either a carry case, or locked enclosure, or locked in a manner to prevent them from being fired, according to City of Poughkeepsie Mayor John...

Obama Says He Hasn’t Given Up On Gun Control

Obama Says He Hasn’t Given Up On Gun Control – The president insists he hasn’t given up on gun control, but he said he’s had difficulties getting changes passed through Congress in the years since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. “What we’ve done is to try to do as much as we could administratively to tighten up how background checks are run, to go after illegal drug runners,” President Obama told ABC News’s Dr. Richard Besser during a sit-down interview at Howard University. “But I will tell you that trying to get something through Congress has proven to be very difficult. And it’s...

Cayuga County Legislature committee holds off on vote for SAFE Act resolution

Cayuga County Legislature committee holds off on vote for SAFE Act resolution – The Cayuga County Legislature isn’t sure it wants to get involved either way with proposed state legislation to repeal the SAFE Act. Though it wasn’t just the SAFE Act. The county Legislature’s Government Operations Committee had six resolutions on its agenda Tuesday night that expressed opinions to the state government on various issues, none of which passed. As far as the SAFE Act, which toughened the state’s gun ownership laws, some legislators questioned whether the body had anything to add to the debate. “Do we as a group have something to offer on the SAFE Act, other than ‘We don’t like it?'” asked Legislator Joseph Runkle,...

More African-Americans Support Carrying Legal Guns For Self-Defense

More African-Americans Support Carrying Legal Guns For Self-Defense – When James Craig was a young man in the 1970s, he says law-abiding people wouldn’t dream of carrying guns. But then he left town to pursue a career in policing. In the years he was gone, Michigan liberalized its gun laws, making it easier for people to get concealed-carry permits. When he came back to become Detroit’s police chief in 2013, he found a whole new...
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