Genesee sportsmen seek backing for use of rifles for deer hunting

Genesee sportsmen seek backing for use of rifles for deer hunting – The Genesee County Sportsmen’s Federation asked county lawmakers Monday to support the use of rifles to hunt deer in the county. Members of the federation — 12 fish and game clubs with a total of 2,225 members comprise it — spoke at Monday’s Public Service Committee meeting. Glen Adams of Le Roy, secretary of the federation, said a state Department of Environmental law enforcement officer with whom he’s spoken believes rifles are safe for hunting deer in Genesee... read more

Shooting range noise in Islip has neighbors up in arms

Shooting range noise in Islip has neighbors up in arms – A decades-old Islip Town firing range utilized by hundreds of shooters each year — including several government agency employees — has itself come under fire from residents sick of continued gunshot sounds ricocheting throughout their normally quiet neighborhood. Law enforcement officials from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, along with state and county court officers, use the range on Freeman Avenue in Islip hamlet during business hours on weekdays. But weekends during the summer at Islip Rifle, Pistol and Archery Range are troublesome, some residents say. That’s when the public can use the 28 firing stations, and as many as 70 people are shooting “nonstop” between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., residents and town officials... read more

Andrew Cuomo Won the Primary, but Lost the PR War

Andrew Cuomo Won the Primary, but Lost the PR War – After losing to Governor Cuomo in Tuesday night’s Democratic primary, Zephyr Teachout couldn’t call the governor to concede because he didn’t give her his phone number. That tells you pretty much everything you need to know about how this election went down and how, despite winning with 62.1 percent of the vote, Cuomo came out of the race looking less than... read more

In primary, gun group president says vote to “repudiate” the SAFE Act

In primary, gun group president says vote to “repudiate” the SAFE Act – A lot of people will be watching the Democratic primary today to see how months of bad press will affect the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo.  One of those scrutinizing the outcome will be Tom King, president of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association.  A year and a half after passage of New York’s tough gun-control law, known as the SAFE Act, King said Cuomo remains “unacceptable” to many gun owners. He said the SAFE Act just went too... read more

Homeowner, son hold two would-be burglars at gunpoint

Homeowner, son hold two would-be burglars at gunpoint – A homeowner and his son held two would-be burglars at gunpoint after the suspects tried to break into their home, according to Orchard Park Police. Officers were called to a home on Transit Road shortly after 1 a.m. on reports of two people in dark clothing trying to break in. A second call was received a short time later informing police that the suspects were being held at gunpoint by the homeowner and his son. Police arrived on scene and determined 18-year-old Jacob Rappleye and 22-year-old Anthony Guarino, both of Lancaster, used a ladder to climb up to a second story window and break into the home. Both are charged with attempted burglary, criminal mischief, and unlawful possession of marijuana. Rappleye was released on bail while Guarino was sent to the Erie County Holding Center. Police are continuing to investigate the attempted... read more

Constantinides, Vallone Intro Gun Registry Legislation

Constantinides, Vallone Intro Gun Registry Legislation – Councilmember Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) announced on August 21 the introduction of legislation guaranteeing community access and mandating a community notification requirement within the city’s gun offender registry. Constantinides was joined by bill co-sponsors Councilmembers Paul Vallone (DBayside) and Ritchie Torres (D-The Bronx) and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.  Constantinides said, “This online gun offender registry bill will promote public safety and guarantee our communities are notified when a registered gun offender lives within their neighborhood. Gun violence is a public policy challenge which requires a multitude of solutions. Protecting the public’s right to know their neighbor is an essential building block of fostering stronger community relations. The Gun Offender Registry bill will better equip our city in the effort to combat and eradicate gun... read more

Astorino Finds Support at Sullivan Co. Friends with Firearms Gun Festival

Astorino Finds Support at Sullivan Co. Friends with Firearms Gun Festival – When Rob Astorino campaigns in rural upstate communities, he knows talk of repealing the New York Safe Act is like music to the electorate’s ears. “What day do you want to repeal the NY SAFE Act because we are going to get rid of that thing,” he said during a a campaign stop at Hannofee Park. The legislature would have to vote to repeal the law before any governor could take action. Though trailing in the polls, Astorino found a warm and welcoming crowd at the Sullivan County Friends with Firearms Gun Festival. “It turned regular citizens who are legal owners into criminals overnight,” said... read more

Remington Arms’ layoffs “not about politics,” Cuomo says

Remington Arms’ layoffs “not about politics,” Cuomo says – Gov. Andrew Cuomo today dismissed criticism that Remington Arms, the Mohawk Valley gunmaker, has laid off workers in New York because of the state’s gun-control laws, saying the company is consolidating operations in Alabama from all around the country.  The Ilion, Herkimer County, gun manufacturer indicated Monday that it is laying off 105 workers in New York as part of its expansion in Alabama.  The company has been critical of New York’s SAFE Act, the gun-control law championed by Cuomo in January 2013.  “The layoffs at Remington Arms are a function of Remington moving to the state of Alabama and consolidating operations all across the country,” Cuomo told reporters today at the State Fair in Syracuse. “I know we tend to think we’re New York it must be about us. Sometimes it’s not about... read more

New opportunities open up for hunters

New opportunities open up for hunters – Legislation and regulations enacted in recent months has increased opportunities for hunters in the form of new hunting arms, more access to hunting lands and more liberal seasons for both deer and bear.  Perhaps the most historic of these is the inclusion of crossbows as a legal hunting weapon. In the past, except for two seasons, only severely disabled sportsmen were allowed to use crossbows. Now anyone 14 or older who is eligible to hunt can use a crossbow. When you sit around and listen to a discussion of senior citizens, a frequent topic is sore knees, hips and shoulders. Bowhunters in that category whose shoulder ailments no longer allow them to draw back on a bow might welcome the opportunity to continue their hunting with a... read more

NRA launches ad campaign attacking Michael Bloomberg

NRA launches ad campaign attacking Michael Bloomberg – The National Rifle Association is taking the unusual step of launching a multimillion-dollar ad campaign designed to turn Michael Bloomberg into a political bogeyman in this year’s midterm elections, and beyond.  The group, which announced its plans Tuesday, will begin its efforts with a $500,000 TV ad buy attacking Bloomberg — one of the most vocal gun control advocates in the country — and not just on guns. It’s a new tactic for a group that typically focuses its political efforts on supporting or opposing candidates for office. Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor, is not running for... read more
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