Astorino gets $5,000 from NRA after NY gov debate

Astorino gets $5,000 from NRA after NY gov debate – The National Rifle Association donated $5,000 toward Republican Rob Astorino today, one day after he debated Gov. Andrew Cuomo and two other candidates.  It’s the first donation from the national gun-rights group toward Astorino, who has been trailing Cuomo by double-digits in public polls. The state arm of the NRA has donated $1,000, according to state elections records.  Today’s money from the NRA’s Victory Fund comes as Astorino trails Cuomo in fundraising by about 1 to 10. The state and national gun groups say they will also help Astorino with phone banks and mailers as the Nov. 4 elections... read more

Camillus Sportsmen’s Club Taking Steps to Avoid Stray Bullets Hitting Homes

Camillus Sportsmen’s Club Taking Steps to Avoid Stray Bullets Hitting Homes – The Camillus Sportsmen’s Club is taking steps after stray bullets were found in a nearby neighborhood, but residents said they still don’t feel safe.The vice president of the club said a number of measures were taken to ensure safety. That includes moving the target board, reducing the size of the board which forces everyone to shoot lower, adding eyebrow baffles, which prevents a barrel from being elevated, and restricting hours and shooting positions.Residents say without knowing where the bullets are coming from, they are still... read more

Astorino’s running mate says he would defund Cuomo’s SAFE Act

Astorino’s running mate says he would defund Cuomo’s SAFE Act – Republican candidate for lieutenant governor Chris Moss said Friday that he and his running mate, Rob Astorino, would “defund” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s gun control law as a first step to repealing the SAFE Act.  Funding programs is within the powers of a governor in crafting a state budget.  But any effort would face a battle in the Legislature, which supported the measure, and potential court challenges.  Moss, the Chemung County sheriff, said Cuomo pushed through the measure in 2013 a month after the Sandy Hook school massacre to advance his own presidential aspirations and that the law has... read more

Conservative Party and NYS Rifle and Pistol Association Unite on Second Amendment!

Conservative Party and NYS Rifle and Pistol Association Unite on Second Amendment! – The President of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association (NYSRPA), Tom King, recommends that voters cast their votes on the Conservative line on November 4. His recommendation was made during an August 7th meeting between Tom King and Michael Long, New York State Conservative Party chairman. Their meeting can be viewed on line at http://vimeo.com/102890187.  The NYSRPA is dedicated to the preservation of Second Amendment rights, firearm safety education, and shooting sports. It is associated with the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) and engages locally in many activities similar to the NRA.NYSRPA is engaged in legislation and political awareness campaigns throughout New York State. Finally, it educates and supports various firearm activities of particular interest to juniors and women in the... read more

Legislators pledge help for Remington Arms

Legislators pledge help for Remington Arms – Six Mohawk Valley legislators want Remington Arms to remain the largest employer in Herkimer County and pledge their assistance should the company seek to build a new facility here. The delegation has sent to a letter to chairman and CEO of Remington Arms Outdoor Corp. to reinforce the lawmakers’ support for the state’s oldest gunmaker and its employees. The company has more than 1,000 workers... read more

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... read more

Charges against Merrick gun shop owner dismissed

Charges against Merrick gun shop owner dismissed – Charges have been dismissed against a Merrick gun shop owner who had been arrested in 2011 as part of an effort to crack down on the sales of illegal assault weapons.  All charges against Michael Marinello, who lives in East Meadow, were dropped in April 2012. Marinello, a retired NYPD officer and the owner of South Shore Sportsman in Merrick, was one of nine people who had been arrested in February... read more

Local legislators reiterate support for Remington Arms

Local legislators reiterate support for Remington Arms – Six Mohawk Valley legislators want to make sure Remington Arms knows it’s wanted in Herkimer County, especially in light of the 2013 SAFE Act and the company’s recent out-of-state expansions, the latter of which led to layoffs in Ilion.  They sent a letter to Remington Chairman and CEO George Kollitides Sept. 30 to reaffirm their “interest in working with you and your team to ensure Remington’s continued viability and its enduring presence in Herkimer County.”They noted they’d support a modernization of the existing... read more

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... read more

Committee backs partial disclosure

Committee backs partial disclosure – In an advisory opinion issued Friday, the state Committee on Open Government says the State Police should not deny Freedom of Information Law requests seeking “aggregate” data such as the number of assault weapons that have been registered under the provisions of the NY SAFE Act. State Police officials have for almost a year refused to release any data about the number of weapons registered under the controversial gun control law. They have consistently pointed to a little-known clause tucked into the speedily passed law that renders registration information contained in the state’s databank confidential: “Records assembled or collected for purposes of inclusion in such (a) database shall not be subject to disclosure,” the law reads. To the derision of anti-NY SAFE activists and transparency advocates, the State Police has held that the statute covers any data derived from those records, as well. Critics say that the policy prevents New Yorkers from assessing the effectiveness of the registration... read more
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