Klein calls NYSRPA president’s comments ‘insulting’

Klein calls NYSRPA president’s comments ‘insulting’ – Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein hit back at comments by state Rifle & Pistol Association President Tom King, who grumbled to YNN that the state’s gun control laws should get an F instead of the B+ awarded earlier this week by the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the Brady Campaign. To be fair, King and the Brady Campaign have rather different metrics on this issue. Klein’s statement: “Tom King’s recent remarks on the NY SAFE Act are insulting to all New Yorkers who understand we need smart gun control laws. That is why I was proud to sponsor this landmark legislation in the Senate.  As a downstate legislator from the Bronx, I’ve seen first-hand the devastation and tragedy wrought by past gun crimes in New York. Despite Tom King’s opposition to some of the toughest gun control laws in the nation, New York is much safer today thanks to the NY SAFE Act. Instead of complaining over the widespread praise we’ve received from the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the Brady Campaign, I think Tom King’s time would be better spent figuring out ways to better protect New Yorkers from the scourge of gun violence that is shattering lives each and... read more

Congress renews undetectable gun ban just in time

Congress renews undetectable gun ban just in time – Congress’ easy renewal of an expiring ban on undetectable plastic guns belies the larger reality that one year after the horrific school shooting in Newtown, Conn., major new firearms restrictions have little chance of enactment anytime soon. Lawmakers took an easy step Monday when the Democratic-run Senate unanimously gave final congressional approval to a bill adding another decade to the prohibition against guns that can slip by airport metal detectors and X-ray machines. The National Rifle Association, which has helped scuttle firearms restrictions this year, did not oppose the... read more

Business blames SAFE Act for move from Farmington

Business blames SAFE Act for move from Farmington – In stark contrast to new construction, infrastructure upgrades and storefront facelifts along Routes 96 and 332 in Farmington, two vacant buildings stand dormant, both casualties of New York’s Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act of 2013, according to their owner. Supervisor Ted Fafinski concurred. Fafinski said until last spring, the two structures at 6162 and 6132 Route 96 were being completely renovated in preparation for the opening of a new showroom, a small arms training space and an indoor range. The properties were home to AR15.com, an Internet-based community, distributor and manufacturer of AR15 semi-automatic rifles and assorted... read more

Another gun maker for Georgia?

Another gun maker for Georgia? – A major firearms manufacturer is considering Georgia for a possible relocation and state Sen. Burt Jones wants to bring it to Butts County or the surrounding area.  Jones, R-Jackson, said that while Beretta has narrowed its focus to two Georgia locations — not in Butts County — the Remington Arms Company is considering relocating from New York, where its Ilion Firearms Plant and Custom Shop is located. He said state officials are working to try to bring the plant to Georgia and he’s hoping to land it in his district, possibly his home... read more

New York State Exposed: Is the Safe Act impacting local jobs?

New York State Exposed: Is the Safe Act impacting local jobs? – It’s a law that News10NBC has heard so many complaints from many of you. The SAFE Act bans assault weapons and limits the number of rounds in a magazine among other things. News10NBC has solid numbers on how many jobs are leaving the state because of it. Governor Cuomo says it’s all about making our communities safer, but when we asked him last month about jobs moving out of state because of the law, he didn’t completely agree. After our first story aired, we heard from a number of gun shops and manufacturers who say the SAFE Act restrictions have taken away 50 percent or more of their business and for some, moving out of the state was a must if they wanted to stay in business. The losses add up to hundreds and even one job gone is having a big ripple... read more

Multi-clip gun owners sent packing as NYPD begins to enforce 2010 law

Multi-clip gun owners sent packing as NYPD begins to enforce 2010 law – The New York City Police Department is taking aim at owners of certain shotguns and rifles, telling them all long guns with a five-round or more capacity must be turned in, altered or taken out of town. An estimated 500 recipients of the notices, which were mailed on Nov. 18, were given the options to surrender their gun, permanently move the gun out of city jurisdiction or employ a licensed gunsmith to modify the weapon to get into compliance with the law. Rifles and shotguns with a capacity of five or more rounds are... read more

The Three Most Important Ongoing Second Amendment Cases

The Three Most Important Ongoing Second Amendment Cases – Since the 2010 Supreme Court case McDonald v. Chicago, which applied the ruling in the 2008 Heller case (which said the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms) to states and localities, the Court has so far evaded any new case about the limits and meaning of the Second Amendment. Those two cases, though, did not resolve all the important questions about how and when and why the government can restrict Second Amendment rights. Heller and McDonald said that the right to possess commonly used weapons for self-defense in the home cannot be infringed, but Justice Antonin Scalia in his majority opinion in Heller explicitly said this didn’t mean anything goes when it comes to Americans and their... read more

County lawmakers deal with SAFE Act

County lawmakers deal with SAFE Act – The Niagara County Legislature continues to oppose New York’s controversial SAFE Act, passing a resolution Tuesday to deny Albany the use of the county seal and Sheriff’s Office logo on related documents and materials. County lawmakers also unanimously passed a resolution allowing retired Niagara County Sheriff’s officers to carry concealed weapons. That legislation would be in compliance with the federal Law Enforcement Officer’s Safety Act, which passed in 2004 exempting active and retired law enforcement officers from state and local laws barring concealed... read more
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