State Assemblyman Says Tipline Reward Is Retaliation

State Assemblyman Says Tipline Reward Is Retaliation – New York State Assemblyman Andrew Goodell is accusing the Cuomo Administration of expanding a whistle blower program as a form of punishment to 51 Upstate counties that have passed legislation opposing New York’s Safe Act.  “The Cuomo Administration has expanded that program to all of Upstate New York offering a $500 dollar reward if a neighbor turns in another neighbor on the theory the neighbor didn’t properly register their rifle,” said Goodell.  The Jamestown Republican told YNN’s Mark Goshgarian that a Division of Criminal Justice Services tipline, created to curb gang violence in New York City, is now being used to target Upstate rifle...

Owens: Federal assault rifle ban will fail in Congress

Owens: Federal assault rifle ban will fail in Congress – A federal ban on assault rifles will not pass Congress, said U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, on Tuesday.  “Nothing else will come out of the Senate, and absent of the Senate, it won’t happen,” he said at a “Congress on Your Corner” forum at Crandall Public Library.  By “nothing else,” he was referring to nothing other than legislation to toughen penalties for people who legally buy firearms to give to someone else to use in a crime or who is barred from owning guns, and legislation to enhance federal background...

NY Gov. Cuomo forced to suspend unenforceable gun control measure

NY Gov. Cuomo forced to suspend unenforceable gun control measure – Congratulations go out to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for successfully finding a way to suspend his own gun control laws.  The Democratic governor was forced to shelve a measure that enacted a seven-round limit for magazines from the gun control law the state passed in January – for the simple reason that gun manufacturers do not actually make seven-round holders.  Perhaps this was something he should have looked into before mandating the limit in the first...

Mayor Bloomberg’s $12 million ad blitz backing gun control causes headaches for Democrats in gun-friendly territory

Mayor Bloomberg’s $12 million ad blitz backing gun control causes headaches for Democrats in gun-friendly territory – Mayor Bloomberg’s $12 million ad blitz to drum up Senate support for background checks on all gun purchases could backfire, Senate strategists said Monday.  Bloomberg said Sunday that his group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, will spend a fortune over the next two weeks on television ads aimed at pressuring wavering senators to support background check legislation. Voting is expected to start around April 9.  The ads are running in 13 states while senators are home for a two-week Easter...

Nojay takes aim at firearms ‘tip line’

Nojay takes aim at firearms ‘tip line’ – Assemblyman Bill Nojay, R-Pittsford, is calling on the state to scrap a tip line to report illegal firearms.  Nojay, in his first term in the state Legislature, recently reacted to a leaked memo sent by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services to the State Association of Chiefs of Police. In response, Nojay has sent a letter to Michael Green, executive deputy commissioner of the Division of Criminal Justice Services, asking him to terminate the newly-expanded...

Americans ‘Begging’ For ‘Sensible’ Gun Control: Gov. Cuomo

Americans ‘Begging’ For ‘Sensible’ Gun Control: Gov. Cuomo – Gov. Cuomo this morning accused the NRA of engaging in a strategy of fear to counter the fact that people across the country “are begging their government” to “please give us some sensible gun control.”  Reiterating much of what he told our Mike Lupica in today’s editions, Cuomo vowed the state will defend its new gun control law all the way up to the US Supreme Court if need be.  Appearing on public radio’s “The Capitol Pressroom”, Cuomo told host Susan Arbetter that recognizing 2nd Amendment rights doesn’t mean there should be no system of regulation. He called on people to “let common sense enter the...
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