Sen. Cornyn Introduces Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act

Sen. Cornyn Introduces Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act – U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) today introduced the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2014, which would allow individuals with concealed carry privileges in their home state to exercise those rights in any other state that also has concealed carry laws. The legislation is cosponsored by U.S. Sens. Thune (R-SD), Vitter (R-LA), Graham (R-SC), Boozman (R-AR), Inhofe (R-OK), Crapo (R-ID), Burr (R-NC), Cochran (R-MS), Johanns (R-NE), Enzi (R-WY), Moran (R-KS), Roberts (R-KS), and Portman... read more

Judge’s Chicago gun decision a big gift to Second Amendment supporters, the NRA

Judge’s Chicago gun decision a big gift to Second Amendment supporters, the NRA – Adding to the growing body of pro-Second Amendment judicial precedent, a federal judge on Monday overturned Chicago’s ban on retail gun sales. Judge Edmond Chang also overturned the city’s ban on private gun transfers between individuals.  The legal victory is a bigger win for gun-rights advocates than it appears at face... read more

Sheriffs, Cuomo say 7-bullet limit not enforceable

Sheriffs, Cuomo say 7-bullet limit not enforceable – The state Sheriffs’ Association has advised its members to not enforce a law limiting a firearm magazine to seven bullets after a federal judge ruled it unconstitutional last week.  The judge in Buffalo ruled last Tuesday that most of New York’s gun control law adopted a year ago is constitutional, rejecting most of the arguments made by gun-rights groups in their lawsuit against the state. The judge, however, said the state’s seven-bullet limit in a magazine is “arbitrary” and shot it... read more

Schneiderman Will Appeal Portions Of SAFE Act Struck Down

Schneiderman Will Appeal Portions Of SAFE Act Struck Down – Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office says it will appeal the aspects of the SAFE Act that were struck down by a federal judge earlier this week.  U.S. District Court Judge William Strekny upheld most of the controversial gun control law save for the provision that would limit seven bullets to a... read more

NYSRPA, other plaintiffs file SAFE Act appeal

NYSRPA, other plaintiffs file SAFE Act appeal – A week after a federal judge in western New York upheld most of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s SAFE Act, plaintiffs including the state Rifle and Pistol Association have filed an appeal of the ruling.  An appeal — whether from NYSRPA or the Attorney General’s office, which defended the case — was expected. The case now gets kicked up to a higher federal appeals... read more

Herkimer Co. objects to logo associated with SAFE Act

Herkimer Co. objects to logo associated with SAFE Act – Herkimer County isn’t going to associate any of its logos with the SAFE Act.  The county Legislature recently voted 13-2, with two absentees, to oppose the use of the Herkimer County seal or logo in connection to the pistol permit recertification put in place by the state’s Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act.  Chairman of the Legislature Vincent Bono, R-Schuyler, said it was brought forth by county Sheriff Christopher Farber and many counties are enacting the same... read more

District Attorney: SAFE Act ammunition provision remains intact in CNY despite Federal judge’s ruling

District Attorney: SAFE Act ammunition provision remains intact in CNY despite Federal judge’s ruling – Less than a year after New York passed historic legislation regulating guns in the state, a Federal judge has made a ruling saying the controversial laws are constitutional.  The judge in Buffalo did strike down one controversial provision – the limitation on ammunition to large capacity magazines. The SAFE Act currently limits magazines to seven bullets.  However, Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick noted that the ruling is only binding in the Western District of New York.  He says the limitation on ammunition will continue to be enforced in the Northern District of New York – which includes the greater Syracuse... read more

Federal judge upholds New York’s ban on assault weapons, rejects 7-round magazine limit

Federal judge upholds New York’s ban on assault weapons, rejects 7-round magazine limit – New York’s new gun control law is constitutional and should remain largely in effect, a federal judge in Buffalo ruled today. Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny said the law, a response to the Sandy Hook shootings that killed 20 children and six adults, is not a violation of the Second Amendment. The one exception Skretny found was the law’s seven-round limit, which he called “tenuous, strained and unsupported.” Gun rights organizations are expected to appeal Skretny’s... read more

Low enforcement of controversial SAFE Act section expected

Low enforcement of controversial SAFE Act section expected – New York has one of the toughest gun registration laws in the nation, but there are already signs that one of the new SAFE Act’s most controversial sections may only be lightly enforced when it takes effect this spring. “People know that registration leads to confiscation,” Jacob Rieper, a spokesman for the NYS Rifle and Pistol Association, referring to the portion of the law that requires anyone possessing a military style assault rifle on January 15 register it by April 15. Failure to do so is a misdemeanor. But Rieper and other gun-rights advocates predict that many owners will run the risk, which may not be much of a gamble if their belief holds true that local police, sheriffs and the State Police will not go out of their way to aggressively enforce the... read more

Confusion Surrounds Fledgling New York Gun Law

Confusion Surrounds Fledgling New York Gun Law – Next month, major components of the so-called NY SAFE Act, the state’s tough gun-control law approved in January, are supposed to take effect. But gun owners and businesses are still unclear about what parts of the law will be enforced on schedule.  Ammunition dealers had been told that they would have to conduct background checks of customers and record sales starting Jan. 15.  But state police have confirmed that the background-check deadline has been delayed indefinitely because of technical... read more
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