Women’s gun show a big bang

Women’s gun show a big bang – The first annual Women’s Concealed Carry Holster Fashion Show in Churchtown Saturday was a well-received celebration of the Second Amendment and a showcase for women who carry guns. Around 250 people packed the Churchtown Firehouse to eat dinner, listen to speakers and watch about a dozen models walk up to a small stage in various clothing before revealing rubber guns they were concealing. Among the models was County Clerk Holly... read more

Meng Going After Guns in Campaign

Meng Going After Guns in Campaign – New York City voters have a different relationship with guns than those in the rest of the country. While standing up for gun control legislation could torpedo a campaign in the Midwest, the South, even Upstate New York, in New York City, gun violence leaves an indelible mark, even in years when crime is down. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, when going from the House to the Senate, had to make a sharp left turn on gun control issues or risk losing support from city voters who favor strict legislation. With public safety foremost on the minds of New Yorkers this year, it’s no surprise, then, that it’s about to become a centerpiece issue of a city-based... read more

Sen. Peralta Discusses Microstamping Push

Sen. Peralta Discusses Microstamping Push – Gun control advocates are making another push for microstamping legislation. The goal is to make it easier for police to trace any bullet back to the gun it was fired from. But it’s being met with strong opposition from the Senate Republicans, who are not conviced microstamping is effective enough to justify the added cost to manufacturers. But supporters are hoping that getting the issue more attention will build... read more

Politics, Special Interests Could Kill New York Youth Hunt

Politics, Special Interests Could Kill New York Youth Hunt – Governor Andrew Cuomo has a bill on his desk that will kill the long-awaited youth deer hunt currently adopted by the New York Department of Conservation. You read right, the DEC finally adopted a special deer hunt for kids but the Legislature sent a bill to the Governor prohibiting... read more

Amid the rise in gun violence in the city, Assemblywoman Grace Meng is joining the push to pass a bill to require bullet microstamping

Amid the rise in gun violence in the city, Assemblywoman Grace Meng is joining the push to pass a bill to require bullet microstamping – With gun violence increasing along with the temperature in New York City this summer, a congressional hopeful says now is the time to give cops a new tool to use to make collars in gun crimes. Assemblywoman Grace Meng, a Queens Democrat, faulted the National Rifle Association and Republicans in the state Legislature for blocking a bill to require gun manufacturers to use bullet microstamping technology. The upgrades, which the gun lobby says would be too expensive to implement, would allow police to trace gun cartridges back to specific... read more

Ontario County takes aim on rifle hunting

Ontario County takes aim on rifle hunting – Rifle hunting for deer will be allowed in Ontario County, if state legislators approve it. Over the years, two forms of a resolution supporting the idea have been approved at the county level, although supervisors rejected another a year ago. The county Board of Supervisors again is behind it, although the state has to adopt a law before hunters can load up their... read more

First shot kicks off National Matches

First shot kicks off National Matches – One of the grand traditions of our area is the annual National Rifle and Pistol Championships at Camp Perry. One of the even grander traditions of the National Matches is the First Shot Ceremony that opens the matches. Monday’s event was no... read more

Syracuse biathlon club offers summer training and competition

Syracuse biathlon club offers summer training and competition – The cross-country skiing and rifle shooting of the winter biathlon is one of the Winter Olympics’ most popular events, with 37 nations competing the last time in 2010. Fewer people have heard about the summer’s version of the sport – summer biathlon — where competitors run instead of ski the course. It isn’t an Olympic event yet, but it is becoming more popular in Central New York and nationally. A course at Pratt’s Falls Park in Pompey has hosted the summer biathlon national championships twice over the last 10 years. Members of the Syracuse Biathlon Club train on the... read more

Owens votes for Holder contempt

Owens votes for Holder contempt – Rep. Bill Owens was one of 17 Democrats to vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt in a vote last week. “I voted in favor of holding the Attorney General in contempt because I believe we need more openness in this process,” Mr. Owens, D-Plattsburgh, said in an emailed statement. “Many of these issues have political motivations behind them but, on balance, we need more transparency, not... read more
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