Westchester lawmakers consider calling for greater federal gun control

Westchester lawmakers consider calling for greater federal gun control – Westchester County legislators have begun to discuss a proposed resolution that would call on the federal government to impose greater gun control measures.  The call comes in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut school massacre.  Among the stricture measures proposed are mandated criminal background checks on all gun sales, a renewed ban on all military-style assault weapons, prohibition on the sale of armor-piercing bullets, and a ban on magazines holding more than seven... read more

Thompson Town Board to oppose federal gun control

Thompson Town Board to oppose federal gun control – Town board members in Thompson will address the issue of federal gun control when they meet next week.  Town Supervisor Anthony Cellini has introduced a resolution calling on the board to oppose any legislation that would infringe on the right of people to bear... read more

EXCLUSIVE: Journalist Accosted by Security over Mayor Bloomberg Gun Control Question

EXCLUSIVE: Journalist Accosted by Security over Mayor Bloomberg Gun Control Question – In an explosive exchange outside the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington, D.C., security guards for billionaire New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg accosted senior Talk Radio Network investigative reporter Jason Mattera when he asked the mayor about his strong support for gun... read more

New York authorities set gun control forums upstate

New York authorities set gun control forums upstate – New York law enforcement authorities will be visiting communities across upstate to explain the state’s new, stricter gun control law. Representatives of the state police and Division of Criminal Justice Services have scheduled forums starting this week to talk about the “NY SAFE Act” and answer questions about changes in the law governing ownership of assault-style semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity magazines. The new law adopted earlier this month after the Newtown school massacre and West Webster firefighter ambush also requires background checks for ammunition... read more

Sheriffs’ Response to NY SAFE Act

Sheriffs’ Response to NY SAFE Act – Since enactment of the NY SAFE Act the Sheriffs of New York have been carefully reviewing its numerous provisions. This week, 52 of the 58 Sheriffs met in conference to further consider the law and to formulate the formal position of the Association. There are a number of provisions in the law which our Association finds to be helpful to law enforcement and to our citizens. Those are pointed out in our position statement. There are also a number of provisions which cause us concern, and which we think should be revisited. Those we also point out in the position... read more

Herkimer Co. Legislature opposes state’s new gun law

Herkimer Co. Legislature opposes state’s new gun law – Herkimer County Democratic Legislator Gary Hartman stepped up to the podium Wednesday evening in the county Legislative Chambers, the room silent, waiting. “I understand the passion and emotion running throughout the Valley as a result over some uncertainty of how Remington Arms ownership will react to (the state’s new firearms act),” he began, noting that he supports the firearms manufacturer in Ilion. “I would be all for a resolution supporting the Arms, but this resolution goes beyond that.” Hartman was the sole no vote in a resolution that opposes the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of... read more

Gun rights advocates overwhelm Ulster County Legislature session

Gun rights advocates overwhelm Ulster County Legislature session – Hundreds of Second Amendment supporters came out Tuesday night to the Ulster County Legislature meeting, to protest a resolution being considered by the Law Enforcement and Public Safety Committee. The proposal, which appears to have little support among legislators, sought to request Congress and the President to respond to December’s Sandy Hook shootings with unspecified legislation for further gun control. So many members of the public attended, that the meeting room overflowed into the 6th floor corridor of the Ulster County Office Building in Kingston, filling the corridor tight with people from end to end. Fifty members of the public expressed their concerns during 2 ½ hours of public... read more
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