Resident fires at armed robbers

Resident fires at armed robbers – Police in the Town of Newburgh are investigating a home invasion robbery in which shots were fired.  Residents of 109 South Plank Road told officers three men wearing mask and armed with handguns entered their home, threatened them and demanded money.  One of the residents was on the second floor and was told there were masked men on the first floor. He grabbed a loaded shotgun and confronted on suspect in the stairway and fired one shot at him.  All three suspects fled the house. The resident fired two more shots at the suspects as they ran across the backyard toward Highland Avenue.  It is unknown if any of the suspects were wounded.  Evidence at the scene indicates a window of the suspect vehicle may have been shattered.  The SUV headed east on Highland Avenue.  None of the residents in the home was injured.  Anyone with information is asked to call Newburgh Town Police detectives at... read more

Pistol permits soared in N.Y. in 2012

Pistol permits soared in N.Y. in 2012 – The number of pistol permits in New York soared 14% between 2011 and 2012 in advance of a gun-control law passed last month.  Amid concerns about tougher gun laws in New York and nationally, residents obtained nearly 20,000 pistol permits in 2012, up about 2,500 since 2011, New York State Police records obtained by Gannett’s Albany (N.Y.) Bureau... read more

Ontario Co. To Vote On Official Opposition To NYS Gun Law

Ontario Co. To Vote On Official Opposition To NYS Gun Law – On Tuesday night, Ontario County leaders took their first step to express their opposition over New York’s new gun law.  The county’s Government Operations and Improved Methods Committee met to vote on an official resolution to bring to the Board of Supervisors on February 14.  About two dozen county residents were also there to express their discontent over the state’s gun control law and to see what course the county would take.  In the end, the committee approved a resolution drafted by the Inter-County Association of Western New York and the Inter-County Legislative Committee of the... read more

Pistol permit application requests spike

Pistol permit application requests spike – The proof is in the paperwork. The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office continues to see a spike in pistol permit application requests.  The inundations have pushed processing time of applications anywhere from six months to a year. And with the spring and summer approaching, the Sheriff’s Office is bracing for a further onslaught of... read more

Court Orders Gun-Permit Holders’ Addresses Redacted in Database

Court Orders Gun-Permit Holders’ Addresses Redacted in Database – A state appellate court ruled Tuesday that the home addresses of gun-permit holders and hate-crime victims must be redacted from databases released under the state’s Freedom of Information Law.  The case stemmed from several requests for data that The New York Times filed in 2010 with the New York Police Department. The city denied the requests, but in November 2011, a lower court directed the department to provide the data with the addresses.  The decision by the First Department of the Appellate Division, a midlevel appeals court, reversed the lower court’s decision and held that privacy concerns were legitimate grounds to deny the... read more

Members of NY Congressional Delegation Talk About Guns

Members of NY Congressional Delegation Talk About Guns – Four members of New York’s congressional delegation say they own a gun. Two delegation members declined to say if they are gun owners.  Among those who don’t own a gun, some say they grew up in families where gun use was... read more

Jefferson County legislators consider resolution opposing state gun law

Jefferson County legislators consider resolution opposing state gun law – Disappointed with aspects of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s gun control bill and frustrated by the manner in which it was passed, Jefferson County legislators are considering drafting a resolution opposing the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013.  The NY SAFE Act, enacted last month, includes new definitions for and regulations on assault weapons, stronger regulations on ammunition, changes to mental health reporting requirements, statewide recertification of handguns and assault rifles, universal background checks and a mandatory sentence of life without parole for killing a first responder, among other provisions.  Modeled after a resolution created by Republican legislators in Ulster County, the Jefferson County resolution is expected to stake out a position opposing the act and requesting its repeal. The Jefferson County Board of Legislators has a 13-2 Republican... read more

Shandaken board declares opposition to New York’s new gun law

Shandaken board declares opposition to New York’s new gun law – Even in a region where the politics are as prone to unpredictable extremes as the weather, the Ulster County town of Shandaken is famous for its political battles. From the endless debate over whether to build a Phoenicia sewer (never built) to the fierce jockeying over the Belleayre Resort (still theoretical), Shandaken seems to have a bottomless zeal for ideological battles whose only concrete result is to pit neighbor against neighbor.  Take last night’s town meeting, for instance: A controversial resolution declaring opposition to New York State’s new gun control law was passed 3 to 1, over the objections of dozens of town residents who showed up to urge the board not to act on the resolution.  The resolution, offered by Republican town board member Vincent Bernstein, is dubbed “Resolution In Support of the Second Amendment to the United States... read more
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