NYC Assemblyman Proposes Gun Restraining Order Bill

NYC Assemblyman Proposes Gun Restraining Order Bill – A New York assemblyman is introducing gun restraining order legislation. The idea is to temporarily deny individuals who are considered dangerous access to guns.  Democratic Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh of Manhattan this week announced legislation that aims to reduce the risk of gun... read more

Candidates for Onondaga County sheriff weigh in on inmate treatment, SAFE Act

Candidates for Onondaga County sheriff weigh in on inmate treatment, SAFE Act – Since its passage in January 2013, the New York SAFE Act has been a topic of discussion for law enforcement officials across the state, including the two candidates running to replace outgoing Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin Walsh.  While speaking with Grant Reeher on WRVO’s Campbell Conversations, Republican Gene Conway and Democrat Toby Shelley expressed concerns with the gun control law, and neither threw their full support behind... read more

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... read more

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... read more

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... read more

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... read more

Michael Bloomberg-led gun control group announces ads, endorsements

Michael Bloomberg-led gun control group announces ads, endorsements – Angling to reintroduce gun control into public discourse ahead of November’s elections, the group bankrolled by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday announced endorsements in more than 100 state and federal races.  Everytown for Gun Safety – yoking the Bloomberg-funded Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America – is backing candidates who “have shown leadership in the fight to keep our communities safe from gun violence,” said John Feinblatt, the group’s president. Several on the list, including Sens. Kay Hagan, D-North Carolina, and Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana, face tough contests that could decide control of the... read more

Bronx DA Robert Johson to huddle with national group of lawmen, re-draw blueprint to combat gun violence

Bronx DA Robert Johson to huddle with national group of lawmen, re-draw blueprint to combat gun violence – The borough’s top lawman will head to Atlanta, looking for a little help stopping the scourge of gun violence. Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson will powwow with prosecutors from around the nation at an October summit in the Georgia capital, aimed at putting the heat on gun-crime culprits, the DA’s office said... read more

Local Prosecutors Form Nationwide Alliance Against Gun Violence

Local Prosecutors Form Nationwide Alliance Against Gun Violence – Homicide rates have improved in the past 20 years, but there’s a lot more cities can do, New York City’s leading prosecutor Cyrus Vance Jr. tells TIME. Prosecutors from major cities across the United States announced the formation Wednesday of an alliance to combat gun violence, even as national gun control legislation is frozen on Capitol... read more

Feiner calls for state regulation of gun ranges

Feiner calls for state regulation of gun ranges – Following the discovery of bullets outside the now closed Westchester County Police Revolver and Rifle Range in Greenburgh, Town Supervisor Paul Feiner has called for state or federal regulation of gun ranges.  The issue came to the surface for Feiner when it was confirmed that a local woman had metal fragments from a bullet on her knee.  “We found multiple bullets outside the range area. If the state would send inspectors to take a look, it would increase safety and the state could work with gun ranges to make sure than an accident won’t happen,” he said. “Without regulations, it is only a matter of time before somebody is injured or before there is a... read more
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