New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Report: 92 Percent of Mass Shootings Since 2009 Occurred in Gun-Free Zones
Report: 92 Percent of Mass Shootings Since 2009 Occurred in Gun-Free Zones - On October 9, the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) released a revised report showing that 92% of mass public shootings between January 2009 and July 2014 took place in gun-free zones. The CPRC report was released in response to an Everytown for Gun Safety study claiming only 14% of mass public shootings took place in gun-free zones. Everytown actually claimed 86% of such incidents occurred in places where guns were allowed.
Candidate for Lieutenant Governor Visits Remington Arms
Candidate for Lieutenant Governor Visits Remington Arms - Years ago, Remington Arms was the place to work in Herkimer County, but now some might say there's no job security. "Our area was lucky, most of the people were there more than two years and were able to stay there," said Stephen Natali, who works at Remington Arms. "But I feel bad for the other people who got laid off. " According to lieutenant governor candidate and Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss, the SAFE Act has made it harder for the company to keep jobs in Ilion. He wants to loosen regulations and help older businesses expand rather than give incentives to new ones. "What are we doing for all the existing companies that are here," said Moss. "What are we doing for the small businesses all over New York state that are hurting? We need to revamp the economic development plan so that it levels the playing field for small business, big businesses and existing businesses. Yeah it might be too late for here but maybe we can stop business that are still here from leaving."
Committee backs partial disclosure
Committee backs partial disclosure - In an advisory opinion issued Friday, the state Committee on Open Government says the State Police should not deny Freedom of Information Law requests seeking "aggregate" data such as the number of assault weapons that have been registered under the provisions of the NY SAFE Act. State Police officials have for almost a year refused to release any data about the number of weapons registered under the controversial gun control law. They have consistently pointed to a little-known clause tucked into the speedily passed law that renders registration information contained in the state's databank confidential: "Records assembled or collected for purposes of inclusion in such (a) database shall not be subject to disclosure," the law reads. To the derision of anti-NY SAFE activists and transparency advocates, the State Police has held that the statute covers any data derived from those records, as well. Critics say that the policy prevents New Yorkers from assessing the effectiveness of the registration law.
Gay gun activists: Growing LGBT push to support the Second Amendment
Gay gun activists: Growing LGBT push to support the Second Amendment - Four years ago Chris Cheng came out of nowhere to beat seasoned marksmen, police officers and veterans to win History Channel’s reality shooting competition show “Top Shot.” “When I auditioned, I was openly gay. But I was surprised as nobody cared. They only cared how well I could shoot and represent our season,” said Cheng, who quit his job at Google after the show and is now an NRA news commentator and is releasing his first book “Shoot to Win.” “There is this stereotypical view of the gun community as anti-gay rednecks, but nothing could be further from the truth. It was interesting as the History Channel never ‘outed’ me on the show even though they had hours of footage. I asked why and they said simply that it just wasn’t relevant.” Indeed gay rights and gun rights often go hand in hand says Gwen Patton, the rep for gay gun rights organization Pink Pistols National. According to FBI Hate Crime Statistics, sexual orientation is the second largest motivator for bias crimes in the United States, second to racial bias, and far exceeding the number of religious or ethnically-spurred hate crimes.
Eric Holder to Step Down as Attorney General
Eric Holder to Step Down as Attorney General - Attorney General Eric Holder plans to announce he will resign as the nation's top law-enforcement official on Thursday but will remain in office until a successor is confirmed, U.S. officials said. President Barack Obama is expected to announce the resignation at the White House on Thursday afternoon. He hasn't yet chosen a successor, a White House official said. Mr. Holder, who has been in the job since the beginning of the Obama administration, has long signaled he plans to leave the job by the end of 2014. He could ultimately stay in his post beyond year-end if the White House's nomination process doesn't go smoothly.
C.D.4: Rice backed by anti-gun violence groups
C.D.4: Rice backed by anti-gun violence groups - Democratic Congressional candidate Kathleen Rice received the endorsement of two anti-gun violence advocacy groups Wednesday -- including Every Town for Gun Safety, a group launched by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Rice, who is running against Republican Bruce Blakeman for New York’s 4th Congressional District, was joined by the seat’s current holder Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) at a news conference in Garden City where she touted the endorsements and called on Blakeman to state his position on gun-control measures.
SAFE Act, and Skelos, dominate upstate Senate debate
SAFE Act, and Skelos, dominate upstate Senate debate - State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk and her Republican Senate challenger George Amedore traded insults and blame over the locally unpopular SAFE Act and public ethics during an hourlong debate at the historic Proctor's Theater Tuesday night. Asked whether the tough gun control law championed by Governor Andrew Cuomo should be repealed, both Amedore and Tkaczyk cited the need for background checks but said there were certain aspects of the legislation they didn't like, beginning with the way it was pushed through the Legislature.