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

Is Gun Regulation Maturing?

Is Gun Regulation Maturing? – Retired Justice John Paul Stevens was recently in the news commenting on the right to keep and bear arms that was affirmed in the Heller decision, where he dissented.  Speaking  at the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Stevens said he is surprised Congress has largely sidestepped policy debates over “the damage that is done by the unregulated use of firearms.”  Referencing shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin Stevens lamented, “when an issue is a subject both of such importance and such widespread discussion, the fact that Congress doesn’t address it, I find mind-boggling, to tell you the truth.” The implication here is that there is a good fix sitting on the shelf that could be implemented but for the failure of political will.  The implication is... read more

A Liberal’s Case for the Second Amendment

A Liberal’s Case for the Second Amendment – Veteran New York Times editor Craig Whitney reexamines America’s relationship with guns and looking at the ways guns are part of American culture. In Living with Guns: A Liberal’s Case for the Second Amendment he makes the case that trying to restrict gun ownership doesn’t effectively deter crime and argues that, if we focus on controlling violence rather than guns themselves, the Second Amendment may not be as lethal as the left would like to... read more

Raymond Kelly swipes at President Obama

Raymond Kelly swipes at President Obama – New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly zinged President Barack Obama for his silence on gun violence in Chicago.  “Maybe the city most affected (by guns) is Chicago,” Kelly said, according to a New York Daily News story on Monday. “The president’s hometown, but barely a peep out of... read more

A hello to arms: More in Hudson Valley get handgun permits

A hello to arms: More in Hudson Valley get handgun permits – In the six Hudson Valley counties north of New York City, 14,293 people received handgun permits in the last five years. Crime has plummeted throughout the state over the last several years — and fear of crime has waned — but many thousands of people in New York still apply for and receive gun permits. Over the past five years, more than 99,000 handgun permits were issued in New York State, according to the New York State Police Pistol Permit Bureau. Individuals apply for permits through their home counties, not through the state police, but the Pistol Permit Bureau is charged with keeping the... read more

Bloomberg’s Super PAC Narrowly Misses Most Congressional Targets

Bloomberg’s Super PAC Narrowly Misses Most Congressional Targets – Late in this year’s election cycle, Mayor Michael Bloomberg suddenly announced the creation of a “super PAC,” Independence USA, through which the billionaire mayor could funnel unlimited sums of cash to candidates who support his political agenda of gun control, gay marriage and education reform. Looking at the federal races Mr. Bloomberg aimed to influence through the new political action committee, however, a majority of his candidates narrowly lost last... read more

Smith & Wesson, Gunmakers Rally After Obama Re-Elected

Smith & Wesson, Gunmakers Rally After Obama Re-Elected – Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. (SWHC) climbed the most in two months to lead a rally among firearms manufacturers as traders speculated that President Barack Obama’s re-election will spur gun sales. Smith & Wesson, a maker of pistols and rifles, jumped 7.8 percent to $10.20 at 11:51 a.m. in New York following an 11 percent gain that was the biggest in intraday trading since Sept. 7. Sturm Ruger & Co. (RGR) rose 5.5 percent to... read more

Bloomberg Aims to Be Gun-Control Counterweight to NRA

Bloomberg Aims to Be Gun-Control Counterweight to NRA – As independent Michael Bloomberg nears his final year as New York City mayor, the billionaire is laying the groundwork to become a one-man counterweight to one of the nation’s most powerful lobbies: the National Rifle Association. In recent days, Bloomberg has used his massive wealth to wade into five House races in five different states, on behalf of candidates on both sides of the aisle. The common thread: Bloomberg is either backing candidates how are supportive of gun control measures, or trying to oust those who aren’t, in his... read more
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