New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Bloomberg gun-control group targets more than 12 states
Bloomberg gun-control group targets more than 12 states - Fresh off a string of election victories, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg's gun-control group is gearing up for a "significant" legislative push in more than a dozen states to curb gun violence, its leaders say. First up: Nevada, where election officials could certify this week that the group and its allies have collected enough signatures for a 2016 ballot initiative that would impose stricter background checks on people buying firearms from private sellers and at gun shows. Bloomberg's Everytown for Gun Safety also is weighing similar background-check initiatives in Arizona and Maine. It also plans to back legislation in several states that would either expand background checks for gun purchasers, remove guns from the hands of domestic abusers or give family members the power to seek court orders to temporarily confiscate firearms from people they fear may commit gun violence — modeled on a "gun-violence restraining order" law signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown earlier this fall following a shooting rampage in Santa Barbara.
Remington CEO: SAFE Act impacted decision to expand--in Alabama
Remington CEO: SAFE Act impacted decision to expand--in Alabama - Remington Arms has confirmed what many already long suspected — New York’s tough gun control laws played a role in the upstate gun manufacturer’s decision to expand outside the state. Remington, which has operated in New York State since 1816, shifted 100 jobs down south in August. Another 126 people were laid off last week as a result of a decline in gun sales. The company says one reason behind its decision to open a new plant in Alabama rather than expand in New York was “state policies affecting use of our products,” Remington Outdoor Company CEO George Kollitides wrote to some upstate officials Oct. 20.
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."