Coalition of Attorneys General Urge Passage of National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity

Coalition of Attorneys General Urge Passage of National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity – As we reported last November, the ongoing effort to fully vindicate the fundamental, individual right to carry a concealed handgun for self-defense took a major step forward with House passage of H.R. 822, the “National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011.”  The bill, sponsored by Reps. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) and Heath Shuler (D-N.C.), has 245 cosponsors and was approved in the U.S. House of Representatives by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 272-154.  After passage in the House, the bill was sent to the Senate, where it remains.  Since November, the Senate has failed to take any significant action on the...

County eyes purchase of Calverton Shooting Range for trap & skeet facility

County eyes purchase of Calverton Shooting Range for trap & skeet facility – The county legislature Tuesday approved initial steps to seek acquisition of the Calverton Shooting Range for the purpose of relocating the county’s trap and skeet range from Southaven Park in Yaphank.  With legislators Edward Romaine (R-Center Moriches) and Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk) voting against the measure, the legislature voted 13-3 to approve the “planning steps” resolution authorizing a survey, title search and appraisal of the 104-acre parcel off Nugent Drive in Calverton.  The measure was introduced by Legislator Kate Browning (WF-Shirley) whose Third District hosts the county’s current trap and skeet facility. Responding to constituent opposition to the continued operation of the county facility at Southaven Park, Browning has been shopping for other...

Manchin Introduces Concealed Carry Reciprocity Law to Support Second Amendment Rights

Manchin Introduces Concealed Carry Reciprocity Law to Support Second Amendment Rights – In an effort to remove burdensome red tape that limits the ability of legal concealed carry permit holders to carry concealed firearms into other states that allow them, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has joined a bipartisan group of Senators in introducing the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2012.  Under the legislation, an individual with a valid ID and concealed carry permit would be allowed to carry a concealed handgun into any state that allows residents to carry concealed...

Town of Johnsburgh Proposed Local Law

The Town of Johnsburg is considering a local ordinance to prohibit the possession of firearms/weapons on town properties including by pistol license holders.  Here is a copy of the proposal. A public hearing has been scheduled for October 4, 2011 @ 7:00pm at the Wevertown Community Center.  Gun owners are encouraged to attend. Here is contact information for the Town representatives: Supervisor Sterling T. GoodspeedBoardmember Gene ArsenaultBoardmember Frank Morehouse, Jr.Boardmember Arnold StevensBoardmember Ron VanselowP.O. Box 7, North Creek, N.Y. 12853Phone: 518-251-2421 x23Fax: 518-251-9991 September 27 Update: the proposal has been tabled.  According to the Post-Star, “Johnsburg officials drop gun ban proposal for town buildings“: “Public reaction has killed a proposed law that would have outlawed guns from local municipal buildings.  Town Supervisor Sterling Goodspeed officially withdrew the proposal on Tuesday, citing a lack of support among the Town Board and belligerent acrimony in the community … The state’s largest gun rights lobby, the New York State Pistol and Rifle Association, has been urging local gun-owning residents to attend the hearing and voice anger and dissent …”...

Microstamp of disapproval

Congressman Richard Hanna – When I travel throughout Upstate New York, I routinely visit businesses — some of which had been founded near the dawn of the Industrial Revolution.   In Herkimer County, Remington Arms is one of those institutions. Remington is the nation’s oldest gunmaker and has manufactured its product in Ilion for nearly 200 years. It is the largest U.S. manufacturer of shotguns and rifles — the only American company to produce both firearms and ammunition domestically.   But legislators in Albany are considering a new law that could jeopardize jobs at Remington’s plant and increase costs on consumers … That would be the case if the state Legislature passes a law to implement “microstamping” in New York … Click here for full story at the...
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