New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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.
Shooting range noise in Islip has neighbors up in arms
Shooting range noise in Islip has neighbors up in arms - A decades-old Islip Town firing range utilized by hundreds of shooters each year -- including several government agency employees -- has itself come under fire from residents sick of continued gunshot sounds ricocheting throughout their normally quiet neighborhood. Law enforcement officials from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, along with state and county court officers, use the range on Freeman Avenue in Islip hamlet during business hours on weekdays. But weekends during the summer at Islip Rifle, Pistol and Archery Range are troublesome, some residents say. That's when the public can use the 28 firing stations, and as many as 70 people are shooting "nonstop" between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., residents and town officials said.
Andrew Cuomo Won the Primary, but Lost the PR War
Andrew Cuomo Won the Primary, but Lost the PR War - After losing to Governor Cuomo in Tuesday night's Democratic primary, Zephyr Teachout couldn't call the governor to concede because he didn't give her his phone number. That tells you pretty much everything you need to know about how this election went down and how, despite winning with 62.1 percent of the vote, Cuomo came out of the race looking less than victorious.
Homeowner, son hold two would-be burglars at gunpoint
Homeowner, son hold two would-be burglars at gunpoint - A homeowner and his son held two would-be burglars at gunpoint after the suspects tried to break into their home, according to Orchard Park Police. Officers were called to a home on Transit Road shortly after 1 a.m. on reports of two people in dark clothing trying to break in. A second call was received a short time later informing police that the suspects were being held at gunpoint by the homeowner and his son. Police arrived on scene and determined 18-year-old Jacob Rappleye and 22-year-old Anthony Guarino, both of Lancaster, used a ladder to climb up to a second story window and break into the home. Both are charged with attempted burglary, criminal mischief, and unlawful possession of marijuana. Rappleye was released on bail while Guarino was sent to the Erie County Holding Center. Police are continuing to investigate the attempted burglary.