Guns, the talk of the political campaign season

Guns, the talk of the political campaign season – The issue of control was once again front and center as the political campaign season heated up.  At the Brunswick fire house, congressmen, senators, assemblymen, county clerks, county executives, and county sheriffs rallied, all of them believing that talking about guns and the Second Amendment will go a long way to fire up the electorate.  It won’t be the only issue leading up to the November election, but make no mistake, the candidates at the Brunswick fire house are counting on widespread anger that they believe was created by the New York Safe Act to lure voters to the... read more

NY SAFE Act opponents encouraged to stand up, speak out against law at rally

NY SAFE Act opponents encouraged to stand up, speak out against law at rally – What was originally billed as a rally became more of a recruitment event Tuesday evening as incumbents and candidates from municipal, state and federal governments urged supporters to not only vote in the upcoming election themselves, but also to lobby others to do the same in an effort to speak out against the NY SAFE Act. Second Amendment supporters packed the Center Brunswick Fire Hall for the Challenge NY SAFE Act rally, sponsored by the Brunswick Sportsmen’s Club, to show their displeasure with the NY SAFE Act, passed in Jan. 2013, as they claim it was just a first step in more of their rights being taken... read more

Democrats push to restart CDC funding for gun violence

Democrats push to restart CDC funding for gun violence research – Two Congressional Democrats are unveiling legislation this morning that would restart the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s gun violence research efforts.  Since 1996, when a small CDC-funded study on the risks of owning a firearm ignited opposition from Republicans, the CDC’s budget for research on firearms injuries has shrunk to zero.  The result, as we’ve detailed, is that many basic questions about gun violence — such as how many Americans are shot each year — remain unanswered.  The new legislation, which will be introduced by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D., N.Y.) in the House, and Sen. Ed Markey (D., Mass.) in the Senate, would give the CDC $10 million a year “for the purpose of conducting or supporting research on firearms safety or gun violence... read more

Poll: Half of NY voters disapprove of Cuomo’s handling of gun policy

Poll: Half of NY voters disapprove of Cuomo’s handling of gun policy – New Yorkers are split on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s handling of gun policy, according to a poll out this morning from Quinnipiac University.  Statewide, 42 percent of voters surveyed said they approve of the Democrat’s gun policy, while 41 percent said they disapprove.  And when voters were asked to name the main reason they were unhappy with Cuomo, 20 percent said gun control, the highest overall response to the open-ended... read more

Remington to move production of two gun lines from New York to Alabama

Remington to move production of two gun lines from New York to Alabama – Two-hundred-and-eight years after Eliphalet Remington II forged his first rifle in Ilion, residents of the small central New York village are getting the bad news they have feared for more than a year: Remington Arms is moving production of two of its gun lines to Alabama.  While the company did not announce the outright closing of the facility that has been home to Remington since 1816, gun rights advocates said that day is now likely moving closer and they blame the state’s 2013 NY SAFE Act gun control... read more

Remington Announces Corporate Consolidation

Remington Announces Corporate Consolidation – The buzz around the industry early yesterday was that Advanced Armament Corp was being closed down and relocated. Before the end of business yesterday, employees at six Remington properties along with two production lines in Ilion, New York, were told their companies- and jobs- were relocating to Huntsville, Alabama.  Here’s the official company statement from spokesperson Teddy Novin:  “Earlier today we announced the consolidation of multiple company plants into our Huntsville, Alabama facility. This was a strategic business decision to concentrate our resources into fewer locations and improve manufacturing efficiency and quality. We are working hard to retain as many from the affected facilities as... read more

Second Amendment Drama at the Supreme Court Has Implications for 2016

Second Amendment Drama at the Supreme Court Has Implications for 2016 – Many gun owners were disappointed when the Supreme Court declined on May 5 to take Drake v. Jerejian, but they shouldn’t be. Drake was an important case but also had significant problems, and there are more promising cases elsewhere in the country. The best is Peruta v. County of San Diego in California, which may be before the Supreme Court within a... read more

GOP Lieutenant Governor Choice Is SAFE Act Opponent

GOP Lieutenant Governor Choice Is SAFE Act Opponent – GOP candidate for governor Rob Astorino says his choice for a Lieutenant Governor running mate will be the Chemung County Sheriff, Chris Moss, an avid opponent of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s gun control laws.  Moss, who would be the first  African American the state GOP would pick for Lieutenant Governor, is head of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association.  In an interview with the Elmira Star Gazette, Moss called  parts of the gun control laws championed by Cuomo “ludicrous” and a “knee jerk reaction” to the Sandy Hook... read more

Trap Shooting: Students throughout area give their best shot

Trap Shooting: Students throughout area give their best shot – More than 140 students from six area schools in three counties held their end-of-season Youth Trap Shooting League banquet Tuesday night at the Franklinville Conservation Club.  But not before a last round of competition. The sounds of shotguns resounded across the the Franklinville Conservation Club’s trap shooting range on Bakerstand Road before the dinner.  “Pull,” shouted Kaylin Wilber of Franklinville, a member of the Franklinville Youth Trap Shooters, and one of a growing number of young women across the... read more

South Dakota joins gun rights case in New York

South Dakota joins gun rights case in New York – Attorney General Marty Jackley says that South Dakota has joined 21 other states in an amicus or “friend of the court” brief challenging the constitutionality of a gun ban in New York for semiautomatic firearms. A federal New York District Court has upheld the gun ban and the challenge has been filed in the Second Federal Circuit Appellate Court in the case of Nojay v. Cuomo. Jackley says that hunting with semiautomatic firearms for pheasant, waterfowl and big game is commonplace in South Dakota. While the ban only applies to New York at this time, Jackley is concerned about the precedent this case might set for Second Amendment gun... read more
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