New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Fight against gun law continues
Fight against gun law continues - Most sportsmen are not hearing many updates on the various efforts to challenge the NY SAFE Act in state and federal courts, but that does not mean the efforts to get this unconstitutional bill tossed out are going away. Just the opposite. There is a lot going on behind the scenes, and Gov. Cuomo appears to be getting more nervous with each passing day.
Gun policy more of a “make or break” voting issue for gun rights defenders
Gun policy more of a “make or break” voting issue for gun rights defenders - A survey conducted in early May after the Senate rejected a measure to expand background checks on private gun sales found that gun rights advocates continue to show a higher level of political activism on the issue than those who favor stricter gun control measures.
DA will not prosecute man arrested under SAFE Act
DA will not prosecute man arrested under SAFE Act - The Columbia County District Attorney is making good on a promise not to prosecute a man arrested under the SAFE Act. DA Paul Czajka told NewsChannel 13 he would not prosecute Gregory Dean Jr. Dean was pulled over earlier this month after police say the light over his license plate was out. Police say he also had a gun in his car. While they say it was possessed legally, it had nine rounds of ammunition, which exceeds the state's new limit of seven rounds.
Sheriffs: Cuomo asked for silence
Sheriffs: Cuomo asked for silence - The sheriffs thought they were being summoned to the Capitol to discuss ideas for changes to New York's gun control law, the SAFE Act. Instead, Gov. Andrew Cuomo told them to keep quiet. Opposition to the new law has simmered in upstate areas since Cuomo signed the law in January. Many county sheriffs oppose it, particularly its expanded definition of banned assault weapons, and have spoken out around the state. In January, the New York State Sheriffs' Association wrote Cuomo with an analysis, and later suggested tweaks. Cuomo invited its leaders to the Capitol last month, people briefed on the meeting said. The group included Sheriffs' Association Executive Director Peter Kehoe and Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss. "We didn't get a response (to the analysis) from him, but we could tell after the budget was passed that none of those recommendations were taken into consideration," Moss said. "When we got there, we never got to the contents of the letter." Instead, Cuomo pushed the sheriffs to stop publicly speaking out against the act, Moss said.
New York Sheriff's Association opposes NY SAFE Act
New York Sheriff's Association opposes NY SAFE Act - The New York State Sheriffs’ Association has joined as amicus curiae in a lawsuit brought by the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association challenging the constitutionality of several provisions of the NY SAFE Act. Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol has been a member of the NYS Sheriff’s Association since taking office as sheriff in 2011, serves on several committees, and is currently serving as the association’s sergeant at arms. “As soon as I learned of the potential to become part of this important process, I immediately advised the NYS Sheriff’s Association of my support for this action,” Maciol said.
Sheriff Howard on SAFE Act: ‘I won’t enforce it’
Sheriff Howard on SAFE Act: ‘I won’t enforce it’ - It’s no secret Sheriff Timothy B. Howard is opposed to New York’s new gun-control law. But Howard, who is running for re-election this year, is now ratcheting up his opposition by filing a friend of the court brief in the lawsuit seeking to overturn the SAFE Act and, even more important perhaps, by suggesting the law not be enforced. “I’m more than reluctant,” he said of the new law Thursday. “I won’t enforce it.” Howard, one of four sheriffs who joined in filing the brief this week, said he considers the law unconstitutional and a waste of valuable resources, and believes it will ultimately be overturned by the courts.
Putnam sheriff backs legal challenge gun control law
Putnam sheriff backs legal challenge gun control law - Putnam County Sheriff Donald Smith, the immediate past president of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association, Tuesday said he supports the friend of the court brief filed in support of the lawsuit challenging the state’s SAFE Act. The association filed the brief in the case of New York State Rifle and Pistol Association against Governor Andrew Cuomo, which is in US District Court for the Western District of New York. Smith said the governor and state legislature “pushed the legislation through fast because they wanted it passed so badly, and unfortunately what resulted was bad law.”