New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
State Police superintendent not sure when ammunition background checks will be ready
State Police superintendent not sure when ammunition background checks will be ready - The head of the State Police said Wednesday he has no idea when ammunition background checks, a key component of the state’s SAFE Act, will begin across the state. State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico said his agency is still trying to find the right technology that will allow gun shop owners to swiftly complete the background checks, but that, so far, the solutions have been elusive. “It’s not ready today,” D’Amico told lawmakers during a hearing on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s 2014 proposed budget.
New York State Rifle and Pistol Association is now largest NRA affiliate
New York State Rifle and Pistol Association is now largest NRA affiliate - The state's leading Second Amendment organization is now the largest state-affiliate of the National Rifle Association in the country. The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association announced Monday membership growth over the past year has pushed the group to the top spot of state-affiliates of the NRA, surpassing the Texas State Rifle Association and California Rifle and Pistol Association.
Upstate NY Counties Demand Their Seal Be Removed from SAFE Act Paperwork
Upstate NY Counties Demand Their Seal Be Removed from SAFE Act Paperwork - Governor Andrew Cuomo’s SAFE Act continues to anger gun owners in the state of New York. The legislation , which banned the sale of AR-15 semiautomatic rifles, among other restrictions, has resulted in almost 1,200 felonies. Now, it seems legislators are taking their discontent with the law a step further.
Tough NY law hurts, gun shop owner says
Tough NY law hurts, gun shop owner says - He's a small-business owner, just about the only one left in this tiny hamlet that time appears to have forgotten. Unlike other such businesses, John Kielbasa doesn't blame big-box stores for his threatened demise. He blames state government and the passage roughly a year ago of legislation others believe will save lives.
Gun flight: Smith & Wesson, Ruger quit California over stamping requirement
Gun flight: Smith & Wesson, Ruger quit California over stamping requirement - A new gun law proponents say helps law enforcement has driven Smith & Wesson and Sturm Ruger out of California, and affirmed the suspicions of firearms rights advocates that the measure is really about making handguns obsolete. The two companies have announced they will stop selling their wares in the nation's most populous state rather than try to comply with a law that requires some handguns to have technology that imprints a tiny stamp on the bullet so it can be traced back to the gun. The companies, and many gun enthusiasts, say so-called "microstamping" technology is unworkable in its present form and can actually impair a gun's performance.
Hundreds rally in opposition of SAFE Act after one year in effect
Hundreds rally in opposition of SAFE Act after one year in effect - A crowd of hundreds who gathered for a forum on New York’s SAFE Act on Saturday heard an encouraging update from the man leading the organization that’s challenging the constitutionality of the year old gun control legislation. Tom King, president of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, also a National Rifle Association board member, predicted the fight against what many called the “unSAFE” Act will land in U.S. Supreme Court.
Court deciding on reach of federal gun ban
Court deciding on reach of federal gun ban - The Supreme Court debated Wednesday how to apply a federal gun ban to those with misdemeanor domestic violence records, with justices trying to figure out a middle road between what one justice called two extreme positions. Justices heard arguments from government officials who want the ban to apply to James Castleman, who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic assault in 2001 in Tennessee. He was then charged in 2009 with illegal possession of a firearm after he and his wife were accused of buying guns and selling them on the black market.