The Courage to Stand (Almost) Alone

The Courage to Stand (Almost) Alone – The Rockland County Times has learned that freshman Assemblyman James Skoufis (D-Stony Point, Orange County) was one of only a handful of Assembly Democrats to vote against Governor Cuomo’s NY SAFE gun control act.  Skoufis did not bow to political pressure at midnight and sign the bill, and instead chose to vote his conscience. This took courage, as Skoufis had only been in the Assembly less than a month at the time and he said he was under great pressure to vote... read more

State Assemblyman Says Tipline Reward Is Retaliation

State Assemblyman Says Tipline Reward Is Retaliation – New York State Assemblyman Andrew Goodell is accusing the Cuomo Administration of expanding a whistle blower program as a form of punishment to 51 Upstate counties that have passed legislation opposing New York’s Safe Act.  “The Cuomo Administration has expanded that program to all of Upstate New York offering a $500 dollar reward if a neighbor turns in another neighbor on the theory the neighbor didn’t properly register their rifle,” said Goodell.  The Jamestown Republican told YNN’s Mark Goshgarian that a Division of Criminal Justice Services tipline, created to curb gang violence in New York City, is now being used to target Upstate rifle... read more

Owens: Federal assault rifle ban will fail in Congress

Owens: Federal assault rifle ban will fail in Congress – A federal ban on assault rifles will not pass Congress, said U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, on Tuesday.  “Nothing else will come out of the Senate, and absent of the Senate, it won’t happen,” he said at a “Congress on Your Corner” forum at Crandall Public Library.  By “nothing else,” he was referring to nothing other than legislation to toughen penalties for people who legally buy firearms to give to someone else to use in a crime or who is barred from owning guns, and legislation to enhance federal background... read more

NY Gov. Cuomo forced to suspend unenforceable gun control measure

NY Gov. Cuomo forced to suspend unenforceable gun control measure – Congratulations go out to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for successfully finding a way to suspend his own gun control laws.  The Democratic governor was forced to shelve a measure that enacted a seven-round limit for magazines from the gun control law the state passed in January – for the simple reason that gun manufacturers do not actually make seven-round holders.  Perhaps this was something he should have looked into before mandating the limit in the first... read more

Mayor Bloomberg’s $12 million ad blitz backing gun control causes headaches for Democrats in gun-friendly territory

Mayor Bloomberg’s $12 million ad blitz backing gun control causes headaches for Democrats in gun-friendly territory – Mayor Bloomberg’s $12 million ad blitz to drum up Senate support for background checks on all gun purchases could backfire, Senate strategists said Monday.  Bloomberg said Sunday that his group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, will spend a fortune over the next two weeks on television ads aimed at pressuring wavering senators to support background check legislation. Voting is expected to start around April 9.  The ads are running in 13 states while senators are home for a two-week Easter... read more

Nojay takes aim at firearms ‘tip line’

Nojay takes aim at firearms ‘tip line’ – Assemblyman Bill Nojay, R-Pittsford, is calling on the state to scrap a tip line to report illegal firearms.  Nojay, in his first term in the state Legislature, recently reacted to a leaked memo sent by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services to the State Association of Chiefs of Police. In response, Nojay has sent a letter to Michael Green, executive deputy commissioner of the Division of Criminal Justice Services, asking him to terminate the newly-expanded... read more

Americans ‘Begging’ For ‘Sensible’ Gun Control: Gov. Cuomo

Americans ‘Begging’ For ‘Sensible’ Gun Control: Gov. Cuomo – Gov. Cuomo this morning accused the NRA of engaging in a strategy of fear to counter the fact that people across the country “are begging their government” to “please give us some sensible gun control.”  Reiterating much of what he told our Mike Lupica in today’s editions, Cuomo vowed the state will defend its new gun control law all the way up to the US Supreme Court if need be.  Appearing on public radio’s “The Capitol Pressroom”, Cuomo told host Susan Arbetter that recognizing 2nd Amendment rights doesn’t mean there should be no system of regulation. He called on people to “let common sense enter the... read more

Sullivan County Legislature unanimously passes resolution against NY SAFE Act

Sullivan County Legislature unanimously passes resolution against NY SAFE Act – Following a protest in front of the Sullivan County Government Center in Monticello and public comment all opposed to the state’s new gun law, the county legislature voted unanimously to call for the NY SAFE Act to be rescinded in Albany.  Gene Benson and Cora Edwards were cosponsors of the resolution. For Benson it’s about the Constitution.  “I took an oath of office and I swore to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America and the Constitution of the State of New York,” Benson said.  “That’s what I’m doing by enacting this... read more

Cuomo Might Relax Part of New Gun Law

Cuomo Might Relax Part of New Gun Law – When Governor Andrew Cuomo and his staff huddled with lawmakers earlier this year to craft the toughest gun control law in the country, he wanted to limit the capacity of magazines from 10 bullets down to five.  But State Senate Republicans pushed back, worried a five-round limit would impact the sale of some handguns, said state Sen. Carl Marcellino, a Republican from Long... read more

Sullivan County Legislature passes resolution to repeal New York’s gun law

Sullivan County Legislature passes resolution to repeal New York’s gun law – The Sullivan County Legislature approved a resolution calling for a repeal of New York’s SAFE Act gun-control measure on a day when more than 200 gun-rights supporters swarmed Government Center for a noon rally.  Many of those at the rally stayed to watch the Legislature unanimously support repeal of the law.  Legislators Gene Benson and Cora Edwards introduced Sullivan’s repeal resolution, which is similar to resolutions passed around the state, including in Ulster... read more
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