Session will see a push for new gun safety law

Session will see a push for new gun safety law – New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, one of the state’s most prominent pro-gun control groups, is planning to advocate for new legislation to be introduced by Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, D-Scarsdale, aimed at keeping guns out of reach from children.  In New York state there is no law requiring gun owners to safely secure their guns and keep them out of the reach of children. Although the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Act, or SAFE Act, passed last year includes a provision requiring gun owners to safely store their guns away from any household member who has been convicted of a felony or domestic violence crime, has been involuntarily committed or is currently under an order of protection, the law does not require guns to be safely stored away from children in the... read more

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s new gun-control law targets gun makers

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s new gun-control law targets gun makers – Gov. Cuomo’s tough new gun law has put a target on the state’s gun makers.  Cities, counties and states from across the country have been making lucrative pitches to New York’s firearms companies, urging them to relocate. Their argument: They have a gun-friendly atmosphere, and New York does... read more

Cattaraugus County distances itself from SAFE Act

Cattaraugus County distances itself from SAFE Act – Cattaraugus County has become the latest to distance itself from the state’s controversial SAFE Act gun control law, seeking to block the state from using the county name and seal on paperwork related to the recertification of pistol permits called for by the law.  The County Legislature voted unanimously this week to deny the state permission to include the county on its paperwork. The move comes out of concern that state officials plan to have letters sent to pistol permit holders that bear both the state seal and the county seal, in an effort to ease the minds of permit holders, said County Clerk James... read more

No moves in Congress on 3-D gun ban renewal

No moves in Congress on 3-D gun ban renewal – A federal law banning firearms that cannot be detected by walk-through metal detectors expires in less than a month, but Congress has yet to act despite the rise of new technologies that can produce “3-D” plastic guns.  A bill introduced this summer by Democratic Sens. Charles E. Schumer of New York and Bill Nelson of Florida has shown no sign of moving toward passage, and the status of a House bill that revamps the Undetectable Firearms Act is... read more

Concealed carry likely for retired police in Niagara County

Concealed carry likely for retired police in Niagara County – Retired police officers in Niagara County would be allowed to carry concealed guns without a permit, under terms of a county resolution that implements federal laws.  A County Legislature committee voted Tuesday to endorse laws that Presidents Obama and George W. Bush have signed to exempt retired police from state or local laws on concealed firearms.  The full Legislature is to vote... read more

WNY voters delivered a rebuke to Cuomo

WNY voters delivered a rebuke to Cuomo – On the afternoon following Election Day last week, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo made sure to hit a couple of upstate communities to tout passage of his casino expansion plan.  But not in Western New York, where election results showed little for the governor to celebrate.  Nobody suggests Cuomo is in trouble, or that Western New York voters will reject him in 2014 as they did in 2010. Most polls show him still flying high throughout the state.  But Tuesday’s results are raising warning flags for 2014. The failure of several key issues closely identified with the governor now pose questions for a Democrat incumbent who has watched his upstate popularity decline since he took office three years... read more

SAFE Act meant big change for small Canandaigua company

SAFE Act meant big change for small Canandaigua company – A local business had to make an expensive decision after the New York SAFE Act made the gun they build illegal.  A pistol grip, which allows the gun to fire faster and with more accuracy, prevented Just Right Carbines in Canandaigua from selling its gun in New York state. The business made the difficult decision to change its gun after taking a financial hit because of the SAFE... read more

Compete in the 2014 NRA Indoor Rifle & Pistol Championships

Compete in the 2014 NRA Indoor Rifle & Pistol Championships – Are you looking to do some competitive shooting this winter? The 2014 NRA National Indoor Rifle & Pistol Championships start January 1. Where are they held? Well, unlike NRA’s Bianchi Cup or National Matches at Camp Perry, the Indoor Championships are shot through multiple sectional tournaments across the country during the winter.  Your results are sent to the NRA where they’re compared to everyone else’s and winners are determined. It’s a fun way to compete with many other shooters and it’s easy to get... read more

Despite ruling, Rockland clerk refuses to release public gun-permit data

Despite ruling, Rockland clerk refuses to release public gun-permit data – The Rockland County clerk is refusing to release the names and addresses of non-exempt pistol permit holders, ignoring state law and a letter from the county’s top public records official ordering the records’ release.  An assistant to Rockland County Clerk Paul Piperato said Friday the office will not comply with an order from Deputy County Executive Terry Grosselfinger to release the permit records. The order came last month after The Journal News appealed Piperato’s denial of a request for the records under the state’s Freedom of Information... read more

SAFE Act gun total declared off limits

SAFE Act gun total declared off limits – A major component of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s NY SAFE Act gun control law is a state secret.  Almost a year after the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act was passed by lawmakers and signed by the governor, state officials say they aren’t required to reveal how many people have registered assault weapons with the state.  The law appears to have been written with such secrecy in mind — but it’s become apparent only as requests for that information are being... read more
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