Politicans pushing for public gun crime database

Politicans pushing for public gun crime database – They can gun, but they can’t hide.  A registry of criminals convicted of gun felonies would be publicly accessible for the first time under legislation being proposed by a group of elected officials.  City Council members Costa Constantinides and Paul Vallone, along with Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., are calling for the database created in 2006 — currently available only to law enforcement — to be searchable... read more

More than 100 laid off at Remington Arms

More than 100 laid off at Remington Arms – At least 100 people were informed today that they will no longer be employed by Remington Arms, as the O-D first reported could happen in May.  “The latest announcement from Remington Arms, although not unexpected, is still deeply disappointing for our community,” Assemblyman Marc Butler said in a statement. “This is more than 100 of our friends, neighbors and relatives whose families now face an uncertain... read more

Mayor with Bloomberg gun control group charged with bribery

Mayor with Bloomberg gun control group charged with bribery – Monticello, New York, Democratic Mayor Gordon Jenkins—a member of Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns—was arrested Thursday on bribery charges, the latest in a long string of legal and ethical foibles by Jenkins.  Mayors Against Illegal Guns is one of several Bloomberg-backed entities dedicated to limiting gun rights.  Bloomberg has pledged to spend $50 million this year to build a “grassroots” network of activists supporting his cause, according to the New York Times.  Jenkins is one of many members of Mayors Against Illegal Guns to partake in illegal... read more

Straight Shooters: Meet the Gay Gun-Rights Activists

Straight Shooters: Meet the Gay Gun-Rights Activists – Four years ago, Chris Cheng—a Chinese-Japanese-Cuban-American Google employee—started watching Top Shot, a History Channel reality show where contestants shoot their way through a series of complex competitions. Cheng, who as a kid had sometimes gone shooting with his Navy veteran father, started getting into the show.  One day, while watching season two with some of his Google coworkers, Cheng told them: “Hey, everyone, this is gonna sound crazy, but I think I’m going to apply for Top Shot.” He remembers his colleagues thinking he was nuts. “They looked at me like, ‘You barely shoot, you don’t have any accolades or trophies or awards or anything in the shooting world. What makes you think you’d even stand a chance with some of these lifelong, seasoned professional marksmen?’... read more

Guns of Washington

Guns of Washington – The most tantalizing element of the latest gun rights decision in Washington D.C. is the hope that it raises for law-abiding New Yorkers who want to be able to carry a firearm outside of their homes. The decision was issued by a United States district judge, who has blocked the District of Columbia police from enforcing a ban on handguns. The judge who did this, Frederick Scullin Jr., normally sits at Syracuse, New York. He was assigned to this case by the chief justice of America. So the hope is that when he returns to his regular chambers he’ll eventually get a chance to bring some sense to his own state, where by virtue of radically anti-gun authorities the Second Amendment is a dead... read more

DEC adopts bear hunting season changes for fall 2014

DEC adopts bear hunting season changes for fall 2014 – Black bear hunting opportunities have expanded this year — although not in the Southern Tier — as a result of regulation changes adopted by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Commissioner Joe Martens announced Monday.  DEC deemed the changes necessary to limit population growth and range expansion by black bears in New York. “Bears are a tremendous resource in New York, but they can have negative impacts too, through damage to camps, crops, homes and other property,” DEC said in a release. “In extreme cases they are a serious threat to public safety. DEC’s bear plan fosters a comprehensive approach to reduce negative black bear impacts by increasing public awareness of its role in preventing human-bear conflicts, addressing individual incidents of bear damage and reducing bear populations where... read more

Federal judge rules DC ban on gun carry rights unconstitutional

Federal judge rules DC ban on gun carry rights unconstitutional – A federal judge in the District of Columbia on Saturday overturned the city’s total ban on residents being allowing to carry firearms outside their home, declaring the law “unconstitutional” in a landmark decision for gun-rights activists.  Judge Frederick Scullin Jr. wrote in his ruling in Palmer v. District of Columbia that the right to bear arms extends outside the home, therefore gun-control laws in the nation’s capital are... read more

Congress asks for ATF database review while investigation claims agency targets minorities

Congress asks for ATF database review while investigation claims agency targets minorities – Members of Congress are asking the General Accountability Office to review the Fast and Furious-related Suspect Gun Database while an investigative report claims 91 percent of those snared in Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives stings are minorities.  Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) are asking the Comptroller General of the United States to revisit the GAO investigation last conducted in 1996 that addressed whether ATF has illegally kept gun owner... read more

Girls take aim at shooting contest

Girls take aim at shooting contest – Shooting is often perceived as a male sport, but that perception is changing.  Girls from across the country have joined their respective teams to participate in the 29th Youth Hunter Education Challenge sponsored by the National Rifle Association this week at Mill Cove Environmental Area outside of Mansfield.  A total of 16 teams from across the country, with 300 competitors, are at the... read more
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