SAFE Act put on trial at forum

SAFE Act put on trial at forum – The furor created amongst gun rights advocates when the New York S.A.F.E. Act was passed has not been forgotten, at least as evidenced by the crowd who turned out for a gun forum at the Brunswick Volunteer Fire Company in spite of the rain on Monday evening.  The S.A.F.E. Act was crafted on the heels of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School and signed into law earlier this year. It has mandated a more strict definition of assault weapons, increased regulation of ammunition, and mandatory background checks for private gun sales.  “There’s a lot of gun owners who don’t know, really, what the SAFE Act is all about,” said state Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R – 107 Assembly District). “This is about making them... read more

NY Safe Act, almost a year later and still creating sparks

NY Safe Act, almost a year later and still creating sparks – Almost a year since Governor Cuomo signed New York’s tougher gun control law, more than a hundred bikers rallied Saturday on the west lawn of the State Capitol, calling for the repeal of the New York Safe Act.  It bans certain military-style assault rifles, limits the number of rounds in a magazine, and requires universal background checks. The bikers call it a violation of their 2nd Amendment rights, while others defend the... read more

‘Journal News’ to ask court to order Putnam County to release names and addresses of registered handgun owners

‘Journal News’ to ask court to order Putnam County to release names and addresses of registered handgun owners – The Journal News is putting pressure on one of the New York counties it covers to hand over the names of handgun owners that the county has on record, Capital has learned.  The regional newspaper, which covers Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties, caused a national controversy 10 months ago for publishing the names and addresses of handgun-permit holders in Westchester and Rockland.  Now, a source with knowledge of the matter tells Capital that the newspaper was preparing this afternoon to file a verified petition, asking a court to order Putnam County, about an hour north of Manhattan, to hand over gun-owner... read more

Penfield urged to take stand on guns

Penfield urged to take stand on guns – The Town Board got an unexpected round of criticism Wednesday night from a handful of gun rights advocates who want the town to take a stand against last year’s NY SAFE Act.  There was no discussion of the law on the agenda, but a campaign was begun on Facebook encouraging people to speak at the meeting and exhort the Town Board members to pass a resolution condemning the... read more

Guns and greene chile

Guns and green chile – As much as I’d like to wax effusively about the delights of the Frito pie, a shamefully delightful flavor bomb that pleases in equal measure to its feeling in the hand like a steaming dog turd, I suspect what people are going to talk about when they see our New Mexico episode is the sight of me; socialist sympathizer, leftie, liberal New Yorker, gleefully hammering away with an AR-15, an instrument of mayhem and loathing that also has the distinction of being America’s favorite... read more

3D Printing Now Brings You Semiautomatic Pistols (The Better To Scare Control Freaks)

3D Printing Now Brings You Semiautomatic Pistols (The Better To Scare Control Freaks) – It’s not yet ready for prime-time (it has yet to be tested), but 3D printing tinkerers have developed a design for a semiautomatic pistol. In fact, the developer says a full-automatic version would be easier to make with available materials. What a long way we’ve come, in just a few short months, toward the ultimate goal of rendering gun control laws a complete joke. Well…they were already a joke (though a dangerous... read more

In Westchester, an early test for Cuomo’s gun control bill

In Westchester, an early test for Cuomo’s gun control bill – When Governor Andrew Cuomo pushed through a package of stricter state gun laws earlier this year, after an elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, his widespread, bi-partisan popularity began to fracture along more predictable party lines.  Cuomo has defended the move, and his poll numbers still make him among the most popular Democrats in the country as he prepares to run for re-election next year.  But the gun bill could have pronounced effects down the ballot. Democrats are already making it an issue in Westchester County, where Rob Astorino, the incumbent Republican county executive who opposes Cuomo’s gun control law, is seeking re-election in... read more

As expected, gun group backs Howard for sheriff

As expected, gun group backs Howard for sheriff – If ever there were an expected endorsement in this year’s race for Erie County sheriff, it would probably be the New York State Pistol and Rifle Association’s nod for Republican incumbent Timothy B. Howard.  “Our endorsement is based upon his opposition to the SAFE Act  and willingness to stand up to Gov. Cuomo’s assault upon our Second Amendment civil rights,” the organization said today in a brief statement of support.  Howard’s outspoken opposition to the governor’s new strict gun control law is expected to be part of the upcoming... read more

New York Gun Group Calls New Starbucks Policy ‘Entrapment’

New York Gun Group Calls New Starbucks Policy ‘Entrapment’ – The president of a local gun advocacy organization is fuming over a new Starbucks policy that asks patrons to leave their firearms behind when they enter its stores.  “I think that it’s a matter of entrapment,” Tom King, the head of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, told YNN’s Capital Tonight.  “What happens if by chance you’re in the store and you have a pistol with you and a cop comes in and sees the pistol or he’s questioning you about something and you tell him you have a pistol?” he... read more

SAFE Act opponents spark Potsdam Village Board argument

SAFE Act opponents spark Potsdam Village Board argument – The public comment period of Monday’s village board meeting became heated when Mayor Steven W. Yurgartis attempted to cut short comments opposing the state Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act. The argument began when village resident Dean M. Laubscher took to the podium to ask the Board of Trustees to pass a symbolic resolution condemning the NY SAFE Act, similar to those already passed by the town of Potsdam and other municipalities. Mr. Yurgartis interrupted, saying the matter has been discussed so much that it has become... read more
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