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... read more

Legislators Seek to Toughen Firearm Penalty After Brooklyn Baby Is Shot

Legislators Seek to Toughen Firearm Penalty After Brooklyn Baby Is Shot – A day after two Brooklyn parents were arrested in the accidental shooting of their 9-month-old daughter, legislators are pushing for harsher illegal-gun penalties. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said Sunday that he wants the penalty for possessing an illegal loaded firearm to be upgraded to criminal possession of a weapon in the first degree, if the weapon is in the presence of a minor. “We can’t continue to have a culture where illegal guns are in homes or premises where children are in the same location,” said Mr.... read more

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.... read more

Genesee County legislature approves big-game rifle hunts

Genesee County legislature approves big-game rifle hunts – Hunters cannot use a centerfire rifle during big-game hunting seasons this year in Genesee County, but that may change during the 2015 season. The vote was 7-2 and a crowd of nearly 70 hunters and gun-rights advocates respectfully showed and told of their approval as Genesee County legislators Wednesday evening passed a resolution to allow rifles during big-game hunting seasons in that county. The two dissenting voters showed a high regard for sport hunting and the rights of gun owners but their vote was based on constituent... read more

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... read more

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... read more

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. At about 3:30 p.m. deputies responded to James Street for a report of an intruder inside a home being held at gunpoint by the owner, deputies say. When they arrived deputies say they found Christopher Scott, 25, inside a locked closet.  He was taken into custody without incident and charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass in the second. Scott was arraigned in Rosendale court and sent to Ulster County jail on $2,500 cash bail to return on Nov.... read more

Cuomo, Astorino trade barbs over SAFE Act

Cuomo, Astorino trade barbs over SAFE Act – Republican Rob Astorino has made his opposition to the state’s gun-control laws a key plank of his campaign, hoping to build support among gun-rights groups. But in recent days, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has released a flurry of ads knocking Astorino for an “ultraconservative” gun stance. “Rob Astorino supports bringing guns into schools and teaching students to shoot,” one mailer reads. The front of the mailer shows a school hallway with the message: “There’s a gun down this hallway.” Astorino has railed against the portrayal, and Astorino’s wife, Sheila, released a web video Wednesday chastising Cuomo’s attack ads, which are being funded through the state Democratic Committee. “You’ve really gone too far for this mom and schoolteacher. Telling people my husband wants guns in classrooms? Guns in classrooms? You can’t be serious,” she... read more

Last-minute money: NRA, pro-Astorino PAC spend on ads

Last-minute money: NRA, pro-Astorino PAC spend on ads – The National Rifle Association is making a last-minute push in the New York governor’s race — by dropping a little more than $100,000 on Internet advertisements against Gov. Andrew Cuomo. State Board of Elections records show the NRA’s political action committee spent $104,618 earlier this week on the ads, though the filing doesn’t include details about when are where those ads will run. The gun-rights group is a major opponent of Cuomo, in large part because of the series of gun-control laws he ushered through the Legislature in 2013. But until this ad buy, it hadn’t done much to support Astorino financially, donating $5,000 to his campaign on Oct.... read more

With Gun Act, Cuomo Alienates Upstate New York Constituency

With Gun Act, Cuomo Alienates Upstate New York Constituency – In large stretches of upstate New York, it is the reason Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is deeply unpopular. To many voters in New York City and its suburbs, it is one of his crowning achievements. Mr. Cuomo made New York the first state to pass a broad package of new gun laws after the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., in 2012. Seizing a singular political moment, he called it the Safe Act, and he implored Congress to follow his lead. Nearly two years later, as he seeks a second term, Mr. Cuomo presents the act to his supporters as one of his greatest successes, and Democrats are assailing the governor’s Republican challenger, Rob Astorino, for being lax on guns. It remains one of the most far-reaching pieces of gun-control legislation passed in response to the Newtown... read more
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