Three counties pull out of SAFE Act pilot permit program

Three counties pull out of SAFE Act pilot permit program – The Cortland County clerk’s office has backed out of a pilot run of a re-certification program for gun owners, part of the state’s stricter gun control laws, because it didn’t feel it was getting enough support from the... read more

‘Shooting sports program’ offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension in Oswego

‘Shooting sports program’ offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension in Oswego – Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County is accepting registrations for its Shooting Sports Program, which teaches youth the basics of using firearms and archery.  The 4-H Shooting Sports’ courses will meet a minimum of 5 times beginning the first week of May and end with a field day in early June. A program fee of $30 will be charged to cover the cost of materials and eye and ear... read more

NYC comptroller questions oil company’s NRA giving

NYC comptroller questions oil company’s NRA giving – The New York City comptroller has asked a Texas oil company to explain its chairman’s reported donations of $1 million each to the National Rifle Association and conservative political action committee American Crossroads.  Comptroller Scott Stringer, investment adviser and trustee to the $150 billion city pension funds, is questioning “both the magnitude and the corporate purpose” of the Clayton Williams Energy Inc. donations. He’s urging full disclosure to shareholders of all its political... read more

State officials won’t be able to use Ulster County seal for SAFE Act

State officials won’t be able to use Ulster County seal for SAFE Act – State officials will be prohibited from use of the official Ulster County seal for any purpose under a resolution that began as opposition to the way gun laws were tightened without public comment.  The restriction was adopted during a county Legislature meeting Tuesday, with the final resolution coming after a Democratic caucus that had lawmakers rejecting sections that would have prohibited state use of the county’s name or... read more

County clerks: State delays handgun permit updates under NY SAFE Act

County clerks: State delays handgun permit updates under NY SAFE Act – A little-known component of the NY SAFE Act has shifted into low gear, according to county clerks who have participated in a pilot program to update handgun licenses.  Much of the controversy surrounding the 2013 gun control law has focused on its expanded assault weapons ban, and the accompanying registration requirement for previously owned rifles. (That deadline was Tuesday.) But the NY SAFE Act also calls for handgun permit holders to be recertified every five years with their local county clerks or sheriffs. According to the law, all permit holders need to be recertified by... read more

Michael Bloomberg plans $50M gun effort

Michael Bloomberg plans $50M gun effort – Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans a new effort to take on the NRA, injecting $50 million into a national grassroots network to rally voters for gun control, while taking on both Democrats and Republicans who aren’t on board.  “When they get through their primaries and they come to the general election, they’re going to have to be right on guns,” Bloomberg said Wednesday on NBC’s “Today Show.” “And we’re going to do everything we can…to make sure that we reward those who are protecting lives and make sure that those who are trying to keep people from being protected lose... read more

Pizza deliveryman opens fire to fend off attackers

Pizza deliveryman opens fire to fend off attackers – A pizza deliveryman attacked by four people attempting to rob him opened fire, hitting an 18-year-old man who is now in police custody.  Buffalo Police say the driver was attempting to make a delivery at 474 Cornwall around 10:30 p.m. on Monday when he was attacked by four assailants who began beating him on the head and body with an unknown object.  The deliveryman drew his legally registered handgun and opened fire, hitting an 18-year-old man, who is now in police custody at ECMC and is listed in fair condition.  The other three attackers fled and remain at-large.  Police did not say if the driver suffered any serious injuries in the... read more

Ulster panel recommends lawmakers withhold county seal from SAFE Act enforcement effort

Ulster panel recommends lawmakers withhold county seal from SAFE Act enforcement effort – Ulster County legislators plan to ask the state not to use the county’s seal when requiring gun owners to renew their pistol permits every five years under the SAFE Act.  The Laws and Rules Committee of the county Legislature voted unanimously Monday evening to oppose the use of the county seal, said committee member Kenneth Ronk.  “This is not for or against the Safe Act,” said Ronk, R-Shawangunk. “This is just about the state overreaching and using county resources, essentially, to do a state... read more

Assault weapon deadline arrives

Assault weapon deadline arrives – New Yorkers are required to register their assault weapons under the state’s new gun-control law today — or face time behind bars.  Today is the deadline for state residents who own guns labeled as assault weapons under the New York SAFE Act to register them with the state. Assault weapons are those with a “military-style feature” such as a detachable magazine, pistol grip or telescoping stock.  If gun owners fail to register their firearms today, they could be charged with a class A misdemeanor and spend up to a year in county jail. If an individual unintentionally fails to register, a 30-day amnesty period will be extended, according to the New York State... read more

Growing pains in gun groups

Growing pains in gun groups – Tom King, the president of the state’s largest and oldest pro-gun group, has never had a bigger pulpit — and he’s never had so many of his fellow believers yelling at him.  The president of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association saw its membership nearly double last year to more than 41,000 after passage of the state’s most divisive gun control law in decades, making it the nation’s largest state affiliate of the powerful National Rifle... read more
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