DA will not prosecute man arrested under SAFE Act

DA will not prosecute man arrested under SAFE Act – The Columbia County District Attorney is making good on a promise not to prosecute a man arrested under the SAFE Act.  DA Paul Czajka told NewsChannel 13 he would not prosecute Gregory Dean Jr.  Dean was pulled over earlier this month after police say the light over his license plate was out.  Police say he also had a gun in his car.  While they say it was possessed legally, it had nine rounds of ammunition, which exceeds the state’s new limit of seven... read more

Massena trustees don’t act on resolution to repeal SAFE Act

Massena trustees don’t act on resolution to repeal SAFE Act – Village trustees chose Tuesday night not to make a motion on a resolution calling for the repeal of the state’s recently-passed package of gun-control laws. Norwood resident William Gray, who has been making the round of town and village board meetings around the county, presented the village’s Board of Trustees with a resolution calling for the repeal of the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, saying the swiftly passed bill is filled with errors and inconsistencies and infringes upon the rights of law-abiding gun owners. He called the controversial package of strict gun control measures a “knee-jerk reaction to the Sandy Hook... read more

Sheriffs: Cuomo asked for silence

Sheriffs: Cuomo asked for silence – The sheriffs thought they were being summoned to the Capitol to discuss ideas for changes to New York’s gun control law, the SAFE Act. Instead, Gov. Andrew Cuomo told them to keep quiet.  Opposition to the new law has simmered in upstate areas since Cuomo signed the law in January. Many county sheriffs oppose it, particularly its expanded definition of banned assault weapons, and have spoken out around the state. In January, the New York State Sheriffs’ Association wrote Cuomo with an analysis, and later suggested tweaks. Cuomo invited its leaders to the Capitol last month, people briefed on the meeting said. The group included Sheriffs’ Association Executive Director Peter Kehoe and Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss.  “We didn’t get a response (to the analysis) from him, but we could tell after the budget was passed that none of those recommendations were taken into consideration,” Moss said. “When we got there, we never got to the contents of the letter.”  Instead, Cuomo pushed the sheriffs to stop publicly speaking out against the act, Moss... read more

New York Sheriff’s Association opposes NY SAFE Act

New York Sheriff’s Association opposes NY SAFE Act – The New York State Sheriffs’ Association has joined as amicus curiae in a lawsuit brought by the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association challenging the constitutionality of several provisions of the NY SAFE Act. Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol has been a member of the NYS Sheriff’s Association since taking office as sheriff in 2011, serves on several committees, and is currently serving as the association’s sergeant at arms. “As soon as I learned of the potential to become part of this important process, I immediately advised the NYS Sheriff’s Association of my support for this action,” Maciol... read more

Sheriff Howard on SAFE Act: ‘I won’t enforce it’

Sheriff Howard on SAFE Act: ‘I won’t enforce it’ – It’s no secret Sheriff Timothy B. Howard is opposed to New York’s new gun-control law. But Howard, who is running for re-election this year, is now ratcheting up his opposition by filing a friend of the court brief in the lawsuit seeking to overturn the SAFE Act and, even more important perhaps, by suggesting the law not be enforced. “I’m more than reluctant,” he said of the new law Thursday. “I won’t enforce it.” Howard, one of four sheriffs who joined in filing the brief this week, said he considers the law unconstitutional and a waste of valuable resources, and believes it will ultimately be overturned by the... read more

Putnam sheriff backs legal challenge gun control law

Putnam sheriff backs legal challenge gun control law – Putnam County Sheriff Donald Smith, the immediate past president of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association, Tuesday said he supports the friend of the court brief filed in support of the lawsuit challenging the state’s SAFE Act. The association filed the brief in the case of New York State Rifle and Pistol Association against Governor Andrew Cuomo, which is in US District Court for the Western District of New York. Smith said the governor and state legislature “pushed the legislation through fast because they wanted it passed so badly, and unfortunately what resulted was bad... read more

Gun Law Causes Pistol Permit Backlog

Gun Law Causes Pistol Permit Backlog – Since New York’s new gun control law was adopted, St. Lawrence County Clerk Mary Lou Rupp says the number of people seeking pistol permits has skyrocketed.  “It has been a struggle to keep up. Our staff has really done an amazing job, but it has meant extra comp time and, as far as office expense, it’s been huge,” said Rupp.  There are more than 17,000 people in the county with pistol permits.  About 3,800 of them have signed opt-out forms to keep their personal information private.  The high demand for handgun permits is putting a strain on the Sheriff’s Office and its deputies, who do a majority of the required fingerprinting and background checks on each applicant before any decision is... read more

Senator to keep pushing broader gun checks

Senator to keep pushing broader gun checks – One of the principal sponsors of defeated gun background check legislation said he isn’t giving up on getting a bill passed. West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said backers of expanded background checks for gun purchases must focus on “where the comfort zone is” with gun owners. A bill Manchin co-sponsored with Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania failed to clear the Senate last month. The National Rifle Association, which staunchly opposed the measure, celebrated its defeat at a convention in... read more

Gun Control Debate Ripples Through Firearm Industry

Gun Control Debate Ripples Through Firearm Industry – The gun control debate continues to roil the firearm industry. In a recent Bloomberg Businessweek cover story, we reported on the complicated, sometimes-fraught relationship between the gun business and the National Rifle Association. Now the trade group that represents firearm manufacturers has split with its longtime event organizer, Reed Exhibitions, because of complaints from within the industry that Reed strayed from the Second Amendment hard... read more

Pediatricians take on gun lobby – carefully

Pediatricians take on gun lobby – carefully – To pediatricians, gun control is a public health issue, not a political one. But they’re treading a fine line, and they know it. The American Academy of Pediatrics has begun a renewed push to try to get Congress to pass gun control measures, sending more than 100 pediatricians to Capitol Hill earlier this month. But others who have taken on the issue over the past decade have a warning for them: they can run afoul of the National Rifle Association and other pro-gun groups that are quick to paint anyone who advocates for gun control as a political... read more
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