As SAFE Act deadline approaches, some gun owners refuse to comply

As SAFE Act deadline approaches, some gun owners refuse to comply – A deadline on the controversial SAFE Act is quickly approaching.  It requires some gun owners to register their rifles through a page on the State Police website but some people have vowed not to.  This is about a week after supporters and opponents of the SAFE Act both rallied at the... read more

SAFE Act repeal rejected in Assembly committee

SAFE Act repeal rejected in Assembly committee – An attempt to repeal the state’s tough gun-control law didn’t make it out an Assembly committee today, Assemblyman David DiPietro, R-East Aurora, Erie County, said.  Republican lawmakers and gun-rights advocates have been pushing the Legislature to repeal the SAFE Act, which was adopted in January 2013. The repeal has no chance of passage in the Legislature, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo has hailed the law as making the state safer after the Newtown school shootings in December 2012.  The SAFE Act repeal bill was unanimously rejected by the Democratic-led Assembly Codes Committee. A bill needs to be approved out of committee before it can be brought to the floor for a vote by the full... read more

Jefferson County Wants State To Stop Using Seal For SAFE Act

Jefferson County Wants State To Stop Using Seal For SAFE Act – It’s a direct shot at the NY SAFE Act, the state’s gun control legislation.  It’s something that started in January with a meeting of county clerks.  “We did a round table and realized that this was a high concern,” said Jefferson County Clerk Gizelle Meeks.  What they realized was that the state was adding each county’s seal to pistol permits without any of the counties’ approval.  Meanwhile, Jefferson County legislators were hearing about it from constituents.  “Two or three calls, two or three emails in a district my size, very gun friendly, very concerned with the SAFE Act as a whole,” said Legislator Jeremiah Maxon (R. – District... read more

‘Shooting n’ hooting’ with ladies’ gun league

‘Shooting n’ hooting’ with ladies’ gun league – The four women stood in a line and raised their shotguns to their cheeks, one by one.  The youngest, Stephanie Gaskill, 19, took a breath to steady herself and shouted “Pull!” A bright orange disk flew from a low shed in the field and she pressed the trigger on her gun. A loud bang shattered the silence of a recent country morning. The orange disk shattered in... read more

Outdoor expo raises money for the statewide lawsuit against SAFE Act

Outdoor expo raises money for the statewide lawsuit against SAFE Act – An outdoor expo in Sullivan County raises money for the statewide lawsuit against the New York SAFE Act. More than 70 vendors were at the SUNY Sullivan Sports Expo for all forms of outdoor recreation including shooting, hunting and fishing.The event was packed with second amendment supporters. “It’s an issue that’s been around for a number of years, the number of people who are in favor of the second amendment is growing,” said Tom King, President-NYS Rifle & Pistol... read more

County opposes SAFE Act

County opposes SAFE Act – Niagara County is the latest county to go on record opposing the New York SAFE Act.  At Tuesday’s meeting, the Legislature a resolution opposing the “unfunded mandate of implementing provisions” of the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act and requesting the state to reimburse Niagara County its costs for implementing the controversial legislation.  Legislators W. Keith McNall, R-Lockport, and Anthony J. Nemi, I-Lockport, sponsored the resolution. Niagara County is one of 52 county legislatures to formally oppose the SAFE... read more

Ulster County committee delays action on SAFE Act letters

Ulster County committee delays action on SAFE Act letters – Confusion and uncertainty about how pistol permit recertifications will be handled under the New York SAFE Act, and who will handle them, prompted members of an Ulster County Legislature committee to delay action on a measure that would prohibit the state from using the county seal on recertification letters.  The resolution taken up by the Laws, Rules and Government Administration Committee on Tuesday is similar to one being passed by counties across the state. Dutchess and Greene counties are among those that have denied the state permission to use those counties’ seals on letters being sent to county residents who hold pistol... read more

Two Niagara Lawmakers Oppose SAFE Act Funding

Two Niagara Lawmakers Oppose SAFE Act Funding – This week, two Niagara County legislators, Wm. Keith McNall and Anthony J. Nemi, sponsored a resolution opposing the “unfunded mandate of implementing provisions of the NY SAFE Act.”  The two Republican legislators want the state to reimburse Niagara County its costs for implementing the SAFE... read more

Nassau lawmakers split on gun-crime registry

Nassau lawmakers split on gun-crime registry – A bill introduced last week by Democrats in the Nassau County Legislature would create an online database of all individuals convicted of gun-related crimes, including the offender’s photo, home address and employer.  But Republicans in the legislative majority said they will not call a vote on the bill because they say Nassau does not have jurisdiction over gun laws.  The Nassau County Gun Offenders Registration Act would require defendants convicted of offenses involving a firearm to register their information with county police and to keep the data updated for four... read more

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino visits Saratoga Arms Fair

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino visits Saratoga Arms Fair – In a bid to take over as New York State Governor, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino says, it’s time for change in New York State. He announced his run earlier this month, and Sunday he took his campaign to the Capital Region, stopping in Saratoga Springs for the Arms Fair. He says he wants to get rid of the SAFE Act.  “The SAFE Act did nothing to make us safer. All it did was get a headline for the governor and demonize law abiding citizens who did nothing wrong with guns, and what we did in Westchester which I think is the real issue which is mental health,” says... read more
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