Broome legislators pass resolution to oppose SAFE Act

Broome legislators pass resolution to oppose SAFE Act – Broome County legislative chambers reached capacity Thursday evening as concerned citizens filed in to applaud legislators in their decision to support a repeal of the NY SAFE Act.  With a final vote of 12-3, the advisory resolution did not come easy to all. A heated debate and several considerations preceded thunderous cheering from the crowd, many of whom were waving signs with the word... read more

Gun control vote called “a disgrace” by Mayor Bloomberg

Gun control vote called “a disgrace” by Mayor Bloomberg – A fiery Mayor Bloomberg blasted Senators who voted against new gun control legislation, calling the vote “a disgrace” and adding”children lost.”  The plan would have forced people buying guns over the Internet and at gun shows to undergo a background check. It needed 60 votes to pass the Senate, but only received 54.  “You’re either in favor of continuing the killing and the tragedies or you’re not. This was an up or down vote,” he... read more

Albany police union blasts SAFE Act as ‘foolish’

Albany police union blasts SAFE Act as ‘foolish’ – The Albany Police Officers Union is the latest to blast the state’s sweeping new gun control law, saying the so-called SAFE Act “violates fundamental constitutional rights” and is “unduly and purposely burdensome on law-abiding citizens.”  The union, an affiliate of statewide law enforcement union Council 82, has sent a blistering four-page letter (posted below) airing its grievances with the controversial new law to the region’s state legislative delegation.  The sharply worded message from APOU President Thomas Mahar calls for the law’s repeal — saying it won’t make anyone safer and demonstrates government’s  ”contempt” for the state’s... read more

Supreme Court declines to hear gun rights case

Supreme Court declines to hear gun rights case – Staying out of the raging national debate over guns, the Supreme Court on Monday declined to weigh in on whether gun owners have a constitutional right to carry handguns outside the home.  The court decided not to hear a challenge to a New York state law that requires those who want to carry a concealed handgun to show they have a special reason before they can get a... read more

Amherst man’s gun permit reinstated after error

Amherst man’s gun permit reinstated after error – David A. Lewis, a college librarian from Amherst, got his pistol permit reinstated Thursday and is getting his seven guns back soon, but not before touching off a new round of debate over Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s NY SAFE Act.  Somewhere between the State Police in Albany and the Erie County Clerk’s Office in Buffalo, the wrong David Lewis lost his gun permit and his... read more

Guns want to be free: what happens when 3D printing and crypto-anarchy collide?

Guns want to be free: what happens when 3D printing and crypto-anarchy collide? – Cyberculture icon Stewart Brand’s famous notion that “information wants to be free” has been an almost ubiquitous refrain ever since utopian-minded hackers began populating computer networks in the 1980s. Today, 3D printing has given the phrase a whole new meaning, allowing raw data to become real world weapons with the click of a button. Cody R. Wilson, the antagonistic founder of Defense Distributed, is taking that idea to its logical — and hugely controversial —... read more

Rifle group tries to halt SAFE Act

Rifle group tries to halt SAFE Act – The New York Rifle and Pistol Association plans to take legal action Monday to stop New York’s new gun-control measures.  Association President Thomas King and state Assemblyman Marc Butler talked about the legal effort with about 100 local gun owners and gun-rights advocates at the Pine Tree Rifle Club on Wednesday.  King said his group will file a petition for a temporary restraining order against the SAFE Act in federal court in... read more

State Police Mistakenly Enforce SAFE Act Provision

State Police Mistakenly Enforce SAFE Act Provision – Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs said the New York State Police made a mistake when they enforced a mental health provision of the New York SAFE Act.  Jacobs said he was ordered in an email from State Police to contact David Lewis, 35, and notify him he had to turn over his... read more

Gov. Cuomo Says Congress Caved In To Extremists And Gave Up On Meaningful Gun Control Legislation

Gov. Cuomo Says Congress Caved In To Extremists And Gave Up On Meaningful Gun Control Legislation – Gov. Cuomo doesn’t think much of the tentative deal struck in Washington to expand background checks for gun buyers.  Cuomo, during an appearance Wednesday morning on Susan Arbetter’s “Capitol Pressroom” radio show, mocked the deal as “better than nothing but only better than nothing” and slammed Congress for caving in to... read more

Grant money available to shooting ranges

Grant money available to shooting ranges – A $65,000 pot of state grants is being made available to shooting ranges across the state.  According to a news release, the funding is designed to support recreational opportunities and to promote firearm safety. The funding will be doled out in matching grants at a three to one... read more
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