Court Orders Gun-Permit Holders’ Addresses Redacted in Database

Court Orders Gun-Permit Holders’ Addresses Redacted in Database – A state appellate court ruled Tuesday that the home addresses of gun-permit holders and hate-crime victims must be redacted from databases released under the state’s Freedom of Information Law.  The case stemmed from several requests for data that The New York Times filed in 2010 with the New York Police Department. The city denied the requests, but in November 2011, a lower court directed the department to provide the data with the addresses.  The decision by the First Department of the Appellate Division, a midlevel appeals court, reversed the lower court’s decision and held that privacy concerns were legitimate grounds to deny the...

Members of NY Congressional Delegation Talk About Guns

Members of NY Congressional Delegation Talk About Guns – Four members of New York’s congressional delegation say they own a gun. Two delegation members declined to say if they are gun owners.  Among those who don’t own a gun, some say they grew up in families where gun use was...

Jefferson County legislators consider resolution opposing state gun law

Jefferson County legislators consider resolution opposing state gun law – Disappointed with aspects of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s gun control bill and frustrated by the manner in which it was passed, Jefferson County legislators are considering drafting a resolution opposing the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013.  The NY SAFE Act, enacted last month, includes new definitions for and regulations on assault weapons, stronger regulations on ammunition, changes to mental health reporting requirements, statewide recertification of handguns and assault rifles, universal background checks and a mandatory sentence of life without parole for killing a first responder, among other provisions.  Modeled after a resolution created by Republican legislators in Ulster County, the Jefferson County resolution is expected to stake out a position opposing the act and requesting its repeal. The Jefferson County Board of Legislators has a 13-2 Republican...

Shandaken board declares opposition to New York’s new gun law

Shandaken board declares opposition to New York’s new gun law – Even in a region where the politics are as prone to unpredictable extremes as the weather, the Ulster County town of Shandaken is famous for its political battles. From the endless debate over whether to build a Phoenicia sewer (never built) to the fierce jockeying over the Belleayre Resort (still theoretical), Shandaken seems to have a bottomless zeal for ideological battles whose only concrete result is to pit neighbor against neighbor.  Take last night’s town meeting, for instance: A controversial resolution declaring opposition to New York State’s new gun control law was passed 3 to 1, over the objections of dozens of town residents who showed up to urge the board not to act on the resolution.  The resolution, offered by Republican town board member Vincent Bernstein, is dubbed “Resolution In Support of the Second Amendment to the United States...

Lewis legislators oppose state gun law

Lewis legislators oppose state gun law – Lewis County legislators on Tuesday took aim at the state’s new gun law and approved advertising for a new trail coordinator.  “It was pushed too fast with no due consideration,” Legislator Paul M. Stanford, D-Watson, said of the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement, or NY SAFE, Act.  County lawmakers by a 10-0 vote passed a resolution calling on the state Legislature and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to “set aside and annul this ill conceived and poorly drafted statute which abridges the rights of law-abiding citizens of the State of New...

Few NY Congressional Lawmakers Own Guns

Few NY Congressional Lawmakers Own Guns – Gun ownership is low and support for legislation to reduce gun violence is high among New York’s 29 congressional lawmakers, according to a survey by the Gannett Washington Bureau and USA TODAY.  At least four of the lawmakers – Reps. Chris Collins, Tom Reed, Richard Hanna and Chris Gibson, all Republicans from upstate – own guns. All four have an “A” rating from the National Rifle...
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