New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Gun rights group: Senate turned because of the SAFE Act
Gun rights group: Senate turned because of the SAFE Act - The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association is taking credit for having turned the tide in the state Senate, noting the defeat of three incumbent Democrats as a result of their stance on the controversial SAFE act. Senators Cecilia Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg; Terry Gipson, D-Rhinebeck; and Ted O'Brien, D-Irondequiot, all lost re-election to Second Amendment rights candidates endorsed by groups such as the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association and the National Rifle Association. The group pointed to these and other losses for gun control candidates in legislative races statewide as a sign of widespread repudiation of gun control laws.
Cuomo had a secret re-election ‘pact’ with Republicans
Cuomo had a secret re-election ‘pact’ with Republicans - The state’s most powerful Republican secretly worked for months to help Democratic Gov. Cuomo win re-election — in exchange for Cuomo’s promise not to aid Senate Democrats in their Long Island races, a top New York GOP leader has charged. Former state Republican Party Executive Director Michael Lawler — who managed Rob Astorino’s ill-fated gubernatorial run against Cuomo — told The Post that he learned of the alleged bombshell deal between Senate GOP leader Dean Skelos and Cuomo just days ago, after suspecting for months that it existed.
Police: Homeowner holds intruder at gunpoint till cops arrive
Police: Homeowner holds intruder at gunpoint till cops arrive - A homeless man was arrested on Halloween after a homeowner found him inside their home and held him at gunpoint, the Ulster County Sheriff's Office.
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.