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    Cuomo on microstamping

    Capitol Confidential tweeted:

    “Cuomo says he’d like to see microstamping bill passed, but he doesn’t expect it to happen any time soon.”

    Here is video of his remarks. It starts at the 9:15 mark.

    Use this link to send an e-mail to the Governor.

    Hunting weapons may be banned in Hopkinton

    Hunting weapons may be banned in Hopkinton - If a law is passed this month, it could be illegal to possess a firearm on property owned by the town of Hopkinton. The local law would prohibit people from having any hunting devices including traps. According to the town documents, the purpose of the law is to protect the peace and safety of residents.

    Here is a draft copy of the proposed ordinance (pdf).

    Here is a link to local elected officials.

    March 15 Update: Hopkinton supervisor declares weapons law ‘dead’ - Town Supervisor Marvin E. Rust said a proposed weapons law, which many viewed as a townwide weapons ban, was “dead” on Wednesday afternoon following a meeting with state Department of Environmental Conservation officials.

    Peralta To Cuomo: Put Microstamping In Budget

    Peralta To Cuomo: Put Microstamping In Budget - Sen. Jose Peralta is circulating a letter today to gain support for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to put the stalled microstamping legislation into his $132.5 billion budget proposal.  Microstamping puts a specific code onto a bullet casing with the goal of helping law enforcement identify the gun that was used to fire it. The measure faces opposition from Republicans and even some conservative Democrats (it will be interesting to see how many Dems sign the letter ultimately).  The legislation wouldn’t have any fiscal impact, but inserting it into the budget would make it difficult for lawmakers opposed to the bill to block it.

    Demand Action on “National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act”

    Demand Action on “National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act” - As we previously reported, in Nov., the ongoing effort to fully vindicate the fundamental, individual right to carry a concealed handgun for self-defense took a major step forward with House passage of H.R. 822, the “National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011.” The bill, sponsored by Reps. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) and Heath Shuler (D-N.C.), which has 245 cosponsors, was approved in the U.S. House of Representatives by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 272-154.  Though several amendments were offered to undermine the bill’s protections, thankfully, every one of these amendments was soundly defeated by an overwhelming bipartisan vote.  The bill was then sent to the Senate, where it remains.  Since November, the Senate has failed to take any significant action on the bill.

    New York State Senate Democrats take a shot at law cracking down on illegal hand guns

    New York State Senate Democrats take a shot at law cracking down on illegal hand guns - State Senate Democrats next week plan to revive legislation aimed at cracking down on illegal handguns — a bill that was shot down in the Legislature two years ago.  The Democrats are set to begin a “sustained” push to require some bullet casings to carry unique markings — a process known as microstamping that is strongly backed by Mayor Bloomberg, an anti-illegal gun crusader.

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