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

Legislator: Joanie Mahoney rejects help for pistol permit office

Legislator: Joanie Mahoney rejects help for pistol permit office – Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney has rejected a request to add a position to the sheriff’s department’s over-burdened pistol permit office, a county legislator said today.  Kevin Holmquist, who chairs the Onondaga County Legislature’s Public Safety Committee, said the sheriff’s department needs the position to process a backlog of permits and privacy forms.  “She is inexplicably cutting the request for a full-time position, and I find this very disturbing,” said Holmquist, R-East... read more

Local Gunmaker Tries To Innovate To Stay In NY

Local Gunmaker Tries To Innovate To Stay In NY – “It’s a small business here in Canandaigua,” said Anthony Testa. “We produce a small-caliber pistol carbine.”  Just Right Carbines opened four years ago.  “Things have worked out well so far,” said Rich Cutri, owner of Just Right.  That was three years before New York’s tough gun laws were... read more

Gun Law Creates Dilemma For Hunters

Gun Law Creates Dilemma For Hunters – Leroy Peets has been hunting the Wanakena Ranger School forest land for years.  It’s been a popular place for hunters for decades.  But that has now changed because of the state’s stricter gun control law.  Peets and dozens of other hunters aren’t happy.  “I don’t know where I’m gonna go,” said... read more

Cayuga County SAFE Act opposition

Cayuga County SAFE Act opposition – It was a law meant to make New York safer. But many communities fear it is doing the opposite.  “This law and the FOIL part of it is putting people’s lives at risk, the law abiding citizens,” said Susan Dwyer, Cayuga County Clerk.  Jon Budelmann, Cayuga County District Attorney, said, “As a pistol permit holder, I generally would not want my name released to the media to have it published someplace. That might either make me a target for a burglar, someone looking to obtain guns, or conversely, make my neighbors who aren’t pistol permit holders a target because they’re not armed.”  That’s why, even though the SAFE act requires it, the Cayuga County Sheriff says he won’t release the names of pistol permit holders under the freedom of information law without a court... read more

Sheriff in Finger Lakes critical of NY gun law

Sheriff in Finger Lakes critical of NY gun law – A sheriff in the Finger Lakes says he has no intention of releasing names and addresses of pistol permit holders as required under New York’s new gun law.  Cayuga County Sheriff David Gould tells the Post-Standard of Syracuse that the law’s requirement intruded on law-abiding gun owners’ privacy. He said that unless he is ordered to by a court, he will not release those names and... read more

Cayuga County sheriff defies NY Safe Act; will not release pistol permit holders’ names

Cayuga County sheriff defies NY Safe Act; will not release pistol permit holders’ names – Cayuga County Sheriff David Gould said he has no intention of releasing names and addresses of pistol permit holders as required under the NY SAFE Act legislation.  The gun control law states that the name and address of a pistol permit holder “shall be a public record” unless the holder files an opt-out form with the county sheriff’s office.  But Gould said the requirement intruded on law-abiding gun owners’ privacy while helping the bad... read more

Bloomberg Eyes Five More Fronts In The Gun Control Battle

Bloomberg Eyes Five More Fronts In The Gun Control Battle – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s gun control group took a beating this week with the recalls of two state senators in Colorado, but officials with the group said Thursday they believe the battle nationwide is far from over.  The officials told TPM that Mayors Against Illegal Guns is eying five other states where they think they could make their mark if they invest resources. Nothing is set in stone, but they hope there might be room to move despite this week’s... read more

Court of Appeals to consider Schoharie County pistol permit refusal

Court of Appeals to consider Schoharie County pistol permit refusal – Attorneys representing both the government and a man whose application for a pistol permit was denied asked New York’s highest court Thursday to rule that state law does not prohibit issuing permits to people who only live in-state part time.  However, Alfred Osterweil’s lawyer urged the Court of Appeals to directly cite his Second Amendment right to bear arms as the reason why, calling into question whether New York’s gun law is unconstitutional and should be struck down.  “This is fundamentally a civil rights case,” Daniel Schmutter... read more
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