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    Help Wanted: Gun group seeks candidates

    Help Wanted: Gun group seeks candidates - The state's largest group representing gun owners is looking to back candidates against incumbent state lawmakers -- and its looking for resumes. The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association sent out an "action alert" Tuesday to its members, seeking candidates who are willing to run against sitting lawmakers who have supported stronger gun-control measures. The group has been unhappy with the state Legislature's 2013 passage of the SAFE Act, a collection of tougher gun-control measures and a broader ban on assault weapons. Its anger was stoked again earlier this month when Long Island Sen. John Flanagan -- a Republican who voted for the law -- was elevated to majority leader.

    DEC Announces Proposals to Amend Hunting and Trapping Regulations for Wild Turkey, Deer and Fisher

    DEC Announces Proposals to Amend Hunting and Trapping Regulations for Wild Turkey, Deer and Fisher - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is now accepting public comments through June 29 on three regulatory proposals for hunting and trapping of wild turkey, deer and fisher, Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. The changes cover fall turkey hunting seasons in most areas of the state; modifications of antlerless deer hunting seasons in portions of western and southeastern New York and Long Island, and changes to the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) procedures statewide; and reduction of the current fisher trapping seasons in northern New York, opening a limited new fisher trapping season in central and western New York, and clarification of general trapping regulations. Pending review of public comments on each of these proposals, some or all of the regulation changes could be in effect for fall 2015.

    Gun group threatens primaries against Senate Republicans

    Gun group threatens primaries against Senate Republicans - Senate Republicans’ pick of a leader who voted in support of the controversial gun-control law in 2013 is not sitting well with gun-right groups, and the state’s leading gun group said it would consider primaries next year against GOP senators if they don’t seek changes to the law. Gun-rights groups aggressively sought to sway senators to back Sen. John DeFrancisco, R-Syracuse, who voted against the SAFE Act. But the majority of the Republican conference picked Sen. John Flanagan, R-Suffolk County, who voted for the law. “If they really cared about the core constituency of the Second Amendment people, they wouldn’t have elected someone like that,” Thomas King, the president of the state Rifle and Pistol Association, told Gannett’s Albany Bureau today. “How can we possibly support an institution that is being run by someone who voted for the SAFE Act, which was probably the most draconian piece of legislation to affect the Second Amendment in New York state in our lifetime?”

    NYSRPA statement on the election of John Flanagan as Senate Majority Leader

    NYSRPA statement on the election of John Flanagan as Senate Majority Leader

    ALBANY, NY (05/11/2015)(readMedia)-- The election of Senator John Flanagan as the the leader of the New York State Senate Republican Caucus is a divisive blow to the freedom loving people of New York and should send a chill down the spine of every gun owner since the new leader voted in favor of the so-called SAFE Act.

    What this says is the Republican Party cares nothing about the hardworking, God-fearing and 2nd Amendment loving residents of New York State. While paying lip service the concerns of their core constituency, they elect a leader who will continue the status quo. The Senators who cast their vote for Senator Flanagan must pay for this breach of trust in the next election.

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