Wyoming County has top environmental conservation officer in state

Wyoming County has top environmental conservation officer in state – Roger Ward estimates he’s talked to nearly 1,000 young hunters, over his nine years in Wyoming County. He’s described as a gifted instructor, supervising rifle and shotgun recertification for regional wildlife staff. And he also provides firearms training at regional waterfowl and pheasant events. Ward’s skill and professionalism have brought him a big honor. He’s been named Environmental Conservation Officer of the Year by the New York State Rifle and Pistol... read more

3D-printed rifle fires three shots, designer claims up to 14

3D-printed rifle fires three shots, designer claims up to 14 – The competition for most successful 3D-printed firearm has moved to Canada, where a man known only as “Matthew” claims to have designed a 3D-printed rifle that withstood 14 shots. In a YouTube video published last Friday, the rifle is fired successfully three times before a text screen claims it developed a crack in the barrel after firing 14 total... read more

Walden mayor says he was deceived by Bloomberg’s anti-gun group

Walden mayor says he was deceived by Bloomberg’s anti-gun group – When New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s group “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” asked Walden Village Mayor Brian Maher to add his name to their petition affirming his support for safer communities, he gladly signed on.  But, Maher now says he was duped by the committee, which used his name in anti-gun propaganda, and the Orange County municipal official said when he asked to be removed from the campaign, he said they offered to “buy me off” with support from the... read more

Rochester sees spike in robberies, reignites NY SAFE Act debate

Rochester sees spike in robberies, reignites NY SAFE Act debate – High tech gadgets, like smart phones, that many of us carry every day are actually helping police solve crimes. Officers say three men robbed a man and a woman at gunpoint Wednesday night on Avon Place near South Clinton Avenue. Investigators say they stole cash, a bank card and both of the victims’ cell phones. But they didn’t get too far. Thanks to a tracking application on one of those cell phones, officers say they found the men at the Hudson Avenue Wal-Mart parking lot. News10NBC found out that this particular type of crime is on the rise. So far this year, Rochester Police say they’ve seen a significant increase in the number of robberies involving guns. So we asked state officials and local gun advocates if they thought the new gun law was helping at all. The groups remain divided. Gun owners are still upset about the SAFE Act and government officials say they are standing by their... read more

Hundreds Rally for Gun Rights in Hauppauge

Hundreds Rally for Gun Rights in Hauppauge – More than 200 local gun rights advocates took to the street Saturday at the H Lee Dennison Building in Hauppauge to rally against New York State’s latest gun regulations. The protest was led by several local coalitions, including the Conservative, Society for Action, Turn Albany Upside Down, New York State Oath Keepers and the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association. The groups gathered together as part of multiple protests taking place on Long Island after Gobv. Andrew Cuomo signed the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act in January, after the tragedy in Newtown,... read more

Bloomberg gun-control group facing internal backlash amid growing profile

Bloomberg gun-control group facing internal backlash amid growing profile – New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is losing part of his arsenal of local leaders as more and more long-time members of his gun-control group Mayors Against Illegal Guns say they aren’t happy with the coalition’s trajectory and want out. While the group apparently is growing in membership overall amid an effort to assume a larger profile in the national gun debate, it’s turning some members off. In the past five months, 50 members of the group have quit. Many say they did so because the organization abandoned its mission statement of going after illegal guns, and instead used its political clout to go after lawmakers who supported gun rights. Most recently, the mayors of Rockford, Ill., and Nashua, N.H., dropped out after saying they felt misled by... read more

This freedom event will be a lollapalooza

This freedom event will be a lollapalooza – The Tri-County Fair at the Altamont Fairgrounds, which can be traced back to 1819, may turn out to be small in comparison when the Freedompalooza opens on Aug. 24.  A country music festival aimed at restoring our nation to the greatness our founding fathers had in mind by exposing the truth through music, speakers and vendors, the event will feature scores of country music bands — including several that have national recognition. An array of federal, state and local pro-second amendment politicians will also be present; politicians committed to defeating gun control laws designed at abolishing our right to keep and bear arms including the NY SAFE Act — an act gunowners hope will be nullified in the courts or repealed by a Republican majority of state Senate and Assembly... read more

Opt-out forms for pistol permit-holders available in Erie County

Opt-out forms for pistol permit-holders available in Erie County – Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs reminded pistol permit holders who have not yet completed their public records exemptions forms that his office is still accepting the opt-out paperwork.  Since the February implementation of the privacy provision in the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Act, Jacobs’ office has receive approximately 30,000 opt-out forms, from local residents.  “My office has collected opt-out forms from 50 percent of the over 60,000 pistol permit holders in Erie County,” Jacobs said. “I want to ensure that the remaining permit holders, who have not yet completed and sent in their privacy forms, know that my office will continue to accept... read more

Outdoors Notebook: Ontario, Wayne counties legalize big-game rifle hunting

Outdoors Notebook: Ontario, Wayne counties legalize big-game rifle hunting – Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation legalizing rifle hunting for big game (deer and black bear) in Ontario and Wayne counties, adding to a growing list. Of approximately 30 counties in western and central New York, only nine remain that ban the use of rifles, including Monroe, Orleans, Genesee and Livingston. A proposal to include Livingston failed again, but now that it’s sandwiched between Wyoming and Ontario, it will likely pass in the future. Rifle cartridges travel farther than shotgun slugs, so allowing rifle use for hunting has long been a controversial topic. But rifle users tend to be more safety conscious, proponents note, and statistics in counties where use of rifles was allowed on a trial basis showed no increase in... read more
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