Espaillat Treads Lightly On IDC

Espaillat Treads Lightly On IDC – Sen. Adriano Espaillat has a good relationship with Sen. Jeff Klein, who announced with Senate Republicans today a power-sharing agreement in the state Senate.  That good relationship was evident in a statement released by Espaillat this afternoon in response to the news that didn’t include anything by way of criticism, but hope that progressive goals might get done this coming legislative... read more

Town looking at gun policy

Town looking at gun policy – The Clermont Town Board is considering whether to revise its recently adopted Workplace Violence Policy to allow town employees to carry guns on town property. At Monday’s Town Board meeting, Councilman Ed Kahle read a three-page argument for the Constitutional right to bear firearms, a town resident spoke at length on guns as guarantors of safety and another resident offered a brief opposing... read more

Veterans’ Gun Rights Becomes Tough Issue In Defense Bill

Veterans’ Gun Rights Becomes Tough Issue In Defense Bill – Should veterans deemed too mentally incompetent to handle their own financial affairs be prevented from buying a gun?  The issue, for a time last week, threatened to become the biggest sticking point in a $631 billion defense bill for reshaping a military that is disengaging from a decade of... read more

Coburn, Schumer Lock Horns Over Gun Control

Coburn, Schumer Lock Horns Over Gun Control – Cooler heads prevailed on the Senate floor Thursday night after Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn initially threatened to stall completion of the annual defense authorization bill amidst a feud with New York Democratic Sen. Charles E. Schumer about a gun rights amendment. Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., offered an agreement to set up consideration of a set of amendments, including a Coburn proposal to make it more difficult to keep veterans from owning guns. Schumer objected when he learned the amendment was in the... read more

You Must Act Now to Stop the EPA from Regulating Your Ammunition

You Must Act Now to Stop the EPA from Regulating Your Ammunition – Just over two weeks ago, the U.S. Senate voted 84-12 to advance S. 3525, “The Sportsmen’s Act of 2012.”  However, this week, by a 50-41 vote, the bill suffered a setback when the Senate failed to clear a procedural hurdle and move on to finish work on the bill.  There is still time to get this critically important legislation passed, but you must act... read more

Zombies are among reasons for increased gun sales

Zombies are among reasons for increased gun sales – Gun sales are soaring across the country. The FBI reported earlier this week requests for background checks skyrocketed 20 percent on Black Friday over the same day last year. A noted gun rights advocate says zombies are just one reason why.  “There is I guess, you would call it a cottage industry that’s sprung up in the last couple of years,” Dave Workman of the Second Amendment Foundation and editor of The Gun Mag said in an interview with Ross and Burbank.  He’s not... read more

New York AG Takes On “Reciprocity” Gun Bill

New York AG Takes On “Reciprocity” Gun Bill – As it currently stands, the Second Amendment guarantees U.S. citizens the right to own firearms. But each state is permitted to place its own restrictions on the types of firearms — and the manner in which they’re possessed — that people are allowed to own. A bill making its way through Congress would grant “reciprocity” for gun owners in states where they don’t actually live. In other words, if you can carry a concealed handgun under Ohio law, an Ohio resident can carry a concealed weapon in New York — regardless of New York’s gun... read more

Federal court upholds New York gun licensing

Federal court upholds New York gun licensing – A federal court has rejected a challenge to New York’s process for licensing concealed handguns, a move cheered by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.  It is illegal for a private citizen to openly carry a pistol in the Empire State, and licenses to carry concealed weapons are issued if applicants show “proper cause” for carrying a gun. This gives judges broad discretion, and has made it extremely difficult for citizens in some areas to obtain... read more

Court Of Appeals Panel Upholds Constitutionality Of NY Restrictions On Concealed Weapon Permits

Court Of Appeals Panel Upholds Constitutionality Of NY Restrictions On Concealed Weapon Permits – A federal Court of Appeals panel has rejected a constitutional challenge to New York’s handgun licensing law, a ruling state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is hailing as a major victory for public safety.  In Kachalsky, et al. v. Cacace, et al, five people from Westchester and The Second Amendment Foundation argued that the state’s gun laws — which require a demonstration of “proper cause” to obtain a concealed-carry permit — violated Second Amendment protections. To qualify under New York’s licensing laws, the applicant has to show “a special need for self protection distinguishable from that of the general community or of persons engaged in the same... read more
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