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

In state’s gun debate, money still flows

In state’s gun debate, money still flows – More than six months after New York’s sweeping crackdown on gun and ammunition purchases, money from supporters and opponents is still pouring into the chief combatants in the debate, though for very different purposes.  New Yorkers for Gun Safety, a state Democratic Party political action committee ostensibly controlled by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, raised $408,000 in just 30 days, according to campaign filings made public this week.  That is considered a hefty sum by Albany standards – even more so because donations to policy causes typically dry up once a policy matter has been decided at the... read more

Machine Gun Shoot Fundraiser

LOCK & LOAD to DEFEAT the SAFE Act! Enter to win a full auto and silencer shooting adventure for two at a range in Pennsylvania.  It’s like a private, mini version of the Knob Creek machine gun shoot! Here’s what it looks like. Tickets cost $25 each. Proceeds go to the NYSRPA Legal Defense Fund to offset legal costs associated with our lawsuit to overturn the SAFE Act. Winner receives: A private shooting excursion hosted by Manhattan Shooting Excursions for two shooters on a range near Scranton, Pennsylvania. One night at a local hotel, double occupancy. Professional supervised instruction on the use of all firearms. Use of Full Auto Hardware including: UZI, M-16, AK-74, Glock 34FA, Razorback. Use of Suppressed Weapons including: Sig Sauer MK25 with AAC Ti-Rant Silencer, HK USP Tactical with AAC Ti-Rant Silencer, Remington M7 .300 BLK. with AAC MK34 Silencer, Sig Sauer Mosquito with Tactical Solutions Cascade-Ti Silencer. Ammunition is included! Tickets must be purchased by December 31, 2013. Winner will be chosen at the winter NYSRPA Board of Directors meeting. Winner must be at least 18 years of age and able to lawfully possess firearms. No substitutions or transfers. All ticket sales are final. Winner must make arrangements to collect prize by December 31, 2014. Click HERE to purchase tickets... read more

Bramson Should Resign from Fringe Anti-Second Amendment Group

Bramson Should Resign from Fringe Anti-Second Amendment Group – Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I – Fishkill) released a statement this week criticizing New Rochelle mayor and Democratic candidate for Westchester County Executive Noah Bramson for his membership in Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Lalor is calling on Bramson to resign from the organization after it included Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Los Angeles cop killer Christopher Dorner, along with other criminals, on a list of gun violence... read more

Massena eyes resolution opposing SAFE Act

Massena eyes resolution opposing SAFE Act – Mayor James F. Hidy will soon be the recipient of a resolution passed by the town of Potsdam in opposition to the SAFE Act, after requesting a copy of the resolution from Will Gray, a local gun rights activist who has attended the past three village board meetings.  “We have been talking about the SAFE Act and reviewing resolutions passed by other resolutions,” Mr. Hidy said, noting he wanted to review the resolution passed by the town of Potsdam. “We are working on it. I’m sure we’ll come up with something. We’re looking at a fit for us,” he... read more

Crosman hosts Northeast Regional Field Target Championship

Crosman hosts Northeast Regional Field Target Championship – Members of the United States and Venezuelan national field target teams and other top shooters are at Crosman Corp. headquarters this weekend for the Northeast Regional Field Target Championship. “This is our fourth year hosting the event,” Crosman shooting services manager Mark DeBoard said. “The first year we had 60 shooters and now we’re pushing 90.” The air rifle event takes place Saturday and Sunday with each competitor taking 60 shots per day. Field target requires shooters to knock down steel targets set at distances ranging from 15 to 50 yards. Those with the highest number of hits will be named winners. Divisions and classes are based on the air gun and support equipment used by... read more

Nojay announces Freedompalooza, music fest starring, uh … freedom!

Nojay announces Freedompalooza, music fest starring, uh … freedom! – Assemblyman Bill Nojay, R-Pittsford, is launching his new Freedom Coalition with an Aug. 24 music and voter education fundraiser at the Altamont Fairgrounds called Freedompalooza. The event will feature “some of country music’s top performers,” although none of them had been finalized before the Wednesday-morning press conference at the Capitol.  Slated to run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Freedompalooza does have a Facebook page and a ticket cost: $35, with children 12 and younger admitted free with an... read more

Nojay, King launch new voter-registration effort

Nojay, King launch new voter-registration effort – A new organization led by an outspoken Republican assemblyman and the state’s largest gun-rights group will aim to boost competition at New York’s election booths, organizers said Wednesday.  The “Freedom Coalition” formally launched this week, and will operate with the goal of enrolling enough new voters to make New York’s elections more competitive, said Assemblyman Bill Nojay, R-Pittsford, Monroe County.  Nojay, a freshman lawmaker, is leading the effort with Tom King, president of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association. Both have been outspoken critics of the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, a slate of tougher new gun laws pushed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in... read more
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