N.Y. won’t release gun law statistics

N.Y. won’t release gun law statistics – New York State Police are refusing to release statistical information about the number of new pistol permits in New York or how many assault weapons have been registered under a controversial gun-control law adopted in January. The SAFE Act approved in January forbids the disclosure of gun owners’ names who want to keep the information private andalso doesn’t allow a new gun database created by the law to be released publicly. But the state is citing the law as a reason to not release any numbers about pistol permits or assault weapons in New... read more

Cattaraugus officials upset over state’s use of seal for gun renewals

Cattaraugus officials upset over state’s use of seal for gun renewals – Since the inception of the New York SAFE Act, various county entities throughout the state have stood against various portions of the implementation of the measure. Cattaraugus County legislators are hopeful that they have blocked the state from a tactic that could result in confusion and trust issues, county officials... read more

NY SAFE Act still generates firestorm

NY SAFE Act still generates firestorm – It’s almost December and ammunition is still a hot commodity at Barrett’s Batavia Marine & Sporting Goods.  Like other area firearms dealers, the business experienced a rush on purchases earlier this year, as the state passed the highly-controversial N.Y. SAFE Act. Demand for handguns has increased. “They have gone up,” said Manager Mike Barrett Friday. “Usually we have highs and lows as sales go, but they’ve been consistent right along.” The influx is evident at local county clerk offices, which were nearly overwhelmed as the law was approved and... read more

Greg Ball, GOP, rifle and pistol group target Sen. Gipson’s seat

Greg Ball, GOP, rifle and pistol group target Sen. Gipson’s seat – State Sen. Greg Ball (R,C,I-Patterson), Senate Republican Committee co-chairman, will be hosting a series of Republican candidate forums for the 41st Senate District which includes parts of Dutchess and Putnam Counties.  The seat is currently held by Democrat Terry Gipson, who beat longtime Sen. Stephen Saland in a close 2012 race.  All candidates interested in seeking the 41st Senate District Republican nomination are invited and encouraged to attend. The public is also invited to attend and hear directly from the potential candidates about their qualifications and vision for a better New... read more

Officials Upset Over State’s Use Of Catt. County Seal For Gun Renewals

Officials Upset Over State’s Use Of Catt. County Seal For Gun Renewals – Since the inception of the New York SAFE Act, various county entities throughout the state have stood against various portions of the implementation of the measure. Cattaraugus County legislators are hopeful that they have blocked the state from a tactic that could result in confusion and trust issues, county officials... read more

Western Region Clerks oppose unfunded mandate from NY SAFE Act

Western Region Clerks oppose unfunded mandate from NY SAFE Act – Although his term as Chair of the eight County Western Region of the New York State County Clerks Association (NYSACC) does not begin until January, Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs is already working on behalf of the Western Region County Clerks who have been financially impacted through the NY SAFE Act. “Albany repeatedly said this new gun law would not be an unfunded mandate on local governments; unfortunately that is not the case,” said... read more

Gun permit issue pulled from agenda

Gun permit issue pulled from agenda – After questions were raised this week during a caucus of the Niagara County Legislature’s Republican majority, the local implementation of a federal law that allows retired police officers to carry concealed firearms without a permit was withdrawn from the agenda. Chairman William L. Ross, C-Wheatfield, said new questions were raised and further study was requested. The measure requires retired officers to pass the same gun safety course that active officers... read more

Jacobs submits resolution approved by Western Region Clerks opposing unfunded mandate caused by NY Safe Act

Jacobs submits resolution approved by Western Region Clerks opposing unfunded mandate caused by NY Safe Act – Although his term as chair of the eight County Western Region of the New York State County Clerks Association (NYSACC) does not begin until January, Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs is already working on behalf of the Western Region County Clerks who have been financially impacted through the NY SAFE Act.  “Albany repeatedly said this new gun law would not be an unfunded mandate on local governments, unfortunately that is not the case,” said Jacobs.  Jacobs is delivering a resolution approved by the Western Region Clerk’s to the Statewide County Clerk’s Association meeting next week in Lake Placid stating that the Western New York Counties alone have incurred more than $100,000 in additional costs because of the Safe... read more

NRA affiliate wants SAFE Act hearing in Buffalo

NRA affiliate wants SAFE Act hearing in Buffalo – The state affiliate of the National Rifle Association has asked a federal judge in Buffalo to schedule a hearing to outline its case in public against New York’s SAFE Act gun control law.  The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association petitioned U.S. District Court Judge William M. Skretny, who is considering the group’s lawsuit against the state over the gun and ammunition crackdown, because it believes oral arguments are justified in the... read more
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