Gun show now issue

Gun show now issue – Tuesday’s City Council meeting opened with a moment of silence for the shooting victims of Newtown, Conn.  But speakers later addressed gun violence and called for banning the sales of semiautomatic weapons from gun shows held in the Saratoga Springs City... read more

New bipartisan coalition running the state Senate faces major issue next week stemming from the Sandy Hook massacre

New bipartisan coalition running the state Senate faces major issue next week stemming from the Sandy Hook massacre -The new bipartisan coalition running the state Senate could face its first major test next week in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting. The five breakaway Democrats who will work with the Republicans to jointly run the chamber next year will be under intense pressure from the Democratic conference to push through some kind of gun control measure — an issue the governor has said would be a priority next year. But Republicans — who will have equal say on what legislation makes it to the floor for a vote — have long blocked such measures, maintaining New York already has some of the strictest gun laws on the books. “This can be the issue that breaks this coalition,” predicted veteran Democratic consultant Hank Sheinkopf. “It can create a problem that they can’t... read more

President Obama Faces Gun Control Dilemma After Connecticut School Shootings

President Obama Faces Gun Control Dilemma After Connecticut School Shootings – White House officials could not help but notice how grim President Obama looked after news of the Connecticut school shootings reached the White House.  “It was the most emotional I’ve ever seen him,” one said.  In perhaps the most stirring moment of his tenure, Obama shed his usual steely resolve and wiped away tears as he addressed the nation on Friday about the tragedy. He even ad-libbed his closing words, quoting Scripture about the need to “heal the broken-hearted and bind up their wounds.”  It was difficult not to be moved when the president said he reacted as a father and emphasized, “I know there is not a parent in America who doesn’t feel the same overwhelming grief that I do.” And he will follow up Sunday by going to Newtown and visiting with family members of those who were killed.  But he also faces the inevitable question: what then? Obama set a certain bar when he said “we’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.” Can he live up to those... read more

Call for tougher gun control in wake of CT school killings

Call for tougher gun control in wake of CT school killings – “The Second Amendment doesn’t guarantee to right to bear arms to kill innocent teachers and children,” New York State Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti (D-Greenburgh) said following the tragic shootings in Connecticut on Friday. “It allows us to place reasonable restrictions on gun possession to prevent their misuse – and if it doesn’t, we need to change it.”  Abinanti, a former Westchester County legislator and an attorney said the nation is “under siege by those who misuse guns – no man, woman or child in this country is safe. Every level of government must immediately respond to the full extent of their powers, he... read more

Muzzlerloader time: Some hunters are traditionalists, others go modern

Muzzlerloader time: Some hunters are traditionalists, others go modern – The late muzzleloading season for deer hunting in the Southern Zone began last week and ends Tuesday.  The only firearm allowed is a muzzleloader. Shotguns and rifles are banned.  The firearms used by muzzleloader hunters, though, do vary. There are the traditionalists with their flintlock and caplock rifles with iron sights. The vast majority, however, use the modern “inline” muzzleloaders with high-powered scopes.  Just what is a... read more

Big win for gun-rights groups: Federal appeals court tosses state ban on carrying concealed weapons

Big win for gun-rights groups: Federal appeals court tosses state ban on carrying concealed weapons – In a huge win for gun-rights groups, a federal appeals court in Chicago Tuesday tossed the state’s ban on carrying concealed weapons and gave Illinois’ Legislature 180 days to craft a law legalizing concealed carry.  “The debate is over. We won. And there will be a statewide carry law in 2013,” said Todd Vandermyde, a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association.  In its majority opinion, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in two cases downstate that challenged the state’s longstanding prohibition against carrying concealed... read more

Victory for Self-Defense and the Second Amendment: Federal Court Strikes Down Illinois Ban on Carrying Handguns

Victory for Self-Defense and the Second Amendment: Federal Court Strikes Down Illinois Ban on Carrying Handguns – The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled today that Illinois’ total ban on carrying firearms for self-defense outside the home or business is unconstitutional. The case involves lead plaintiff Mary Shepard, an Illinois resident and a trained gun owner, who is licensed to carry a concealed handgun in both Utah and Florida. The National Rifle Association is funding this case. The Illinois State Rifle and Pistol Association is a co-plaintiff in this... read more

Rep. Israel Calls for Renewing Plastic Gun Ban

Rep. Israel Calls for Renewing Plastic Gun Ban – A Long Island congressman is urging the renewal of a federal ban on plastic guns that are just as deadly but don’t set off metal detectors.  Rep. Steve Israel (D-Dix Hills) cited the new possibility of building plastic guns at home using 3-D printers, potentially putting the public at risk. Although printing all of the parts to make a gun at home isn’t currently feasible, he said the technology is advancing to the point that homemade plastic guns could soon become a... read more
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