Mayor Bloomberg: End “Stand Your Ground” Laws

Mayor Bloomberg: End “Stand Your Ground” Laws – Bloomberg will join the Rev. Al Sharpton in Washington D.C. Wednesday to announce a national campaign to repeal the controversial laws, which in general hold that a person has no duty to retreat when attacked.  Opponents of the laws, however, say they should really be called “Shoot First, Ask Questions Later.”  Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” provision is at the center of the firestorm surrounding the shooting death of Trayvon... read more

Senator Ball delivers budget, friendly to our sportsmen

Senator Ball delivers budget, friendly to our sportsmen – The 2012-2013 budget was favorable to our Sportsmen, and I would like to thank Senator Greg Ball for his leadership and advocacy for all Sportsmen in Albany. The budget finally repealed Combined Ballistic Identification System (CoBIS). This system requires pistol manufactures to send a bullet casing from every gun sold to police, so the gun can be identified if it is involved in a crime. CoBIS is estimated to cost taxpayers $4 million every year, yet it has not solved a single crime since March 2001. Senator Ball pushed to make sure that CoBIS is permanently derailed, saving taxpayers... read more

Maziarz Defends “Stand Your Ground” Bill

Maziarz Defends “Stand Your Ground” Bill – As the nation continues to debate the so-called “stand Your Ground” laws, a Western New York Senator has come under fire for his version of the bill.  For days, State Senator George Maziarz (R-Newfane) declined comment, but now he is defending his bill.  After days of criticism, Maziarz has broken his silence about the “stand your ground” legislation he and fellow Western New York Senator Michael Ranzenhofer have... read more

Gun Control Advocates, Democrats Urge Maziarz to Drop NY “Stand Your Ground” Bill

Gun Control Advocates, Democrats Urge Maziarz to Drop NY “Stand Your Ground” Bill – As the country debates “stand your ground” laws in several states following the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Florida, New York Democrats and local gun control advocates are urging State Senator George Maziarz (R-Newfane) to drop his version of the bill in the New York Legislature. Maziarz has introduced the bill, which is similar to the measure under scrutiny in Florida, for several sessions. It has not garnered much... read more

Rep. Owens supporting bill to protect firearms transportation

Rep. Owens supporting bill to protect firearms transportation – The incumbent North Country congressman is cosponsoring legislation the National Rifle Association has put forward that will strengthen protections for people who want to check unloaded firearms onto airline flights.  23rd District Rep. Bill Owens has signed on as an original cosponsor of a bill that would protect law-abiding gun owners from what he says have been incidents of inappropriate detention.  The bill, H.R. 4269, bolsters both the Second Amendment and the Firearm Owners’ Protection Act (FOPA) by ensuring that no state regulation will impede the lawful transportation of... read more

New York Sportsmen’s Advisory Council Created

New York Sportsmen’s Advisory Council Created – The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) is pleased to announce the formation of an Advisory Council which will provide support and guidance for the New York Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus. The recently formed New York Sportsmen’s Advisory Council (NYSAC) is composed of leaders from the New York conservation community, including those representing the leading hunting, angling, shooting, and trapping organizations from throughout the state.  The Advisory Council will provide support for the Caucus through serving as a readily available source of expert information on sportsmen’s issues, and by assisting with the planning and execution of Caucus activities, such as the New York Legislative Sportsmen’s Breakfast held each spring. The newly formed Advisory Council brings together grassroots sportsmen’s organizations, sporting goods manufacturers, and others, under one umbrella to work directly with legislators in the Caucus in an organized... read more

Giglio welcomes repeal of ID system for firearms

Giglio welcomes repeal of ID system for firearms – Assemblyman Joseph M. Giglio says he welcomes the repeal of CoBIS, the Combined Ballistic Identification System, in one of this year’s state budget bills.  According to the law, gun sellers were required to send firearms to a CoBIS center where fired shell casings from those guns would be entered into a statewide databank. Assemblyman Giglio notes that the state has spent $32 million on CoBIS since the creation of the program in January of 2001, and not one crime has been solved with this technology.  “This was flawed technology and failed to produce the result that anti-gun advocates desired,”  he says. “This was a bureaucratic nightmare for firearm sellers and an unnecessary cost that they had to absorb or pass on to their customers. I am proud to have supported the repeal of this... read more

Hawley stands up for sportsmen, Second Amendment at Capitol

Hawley stands up for sportsmen, Second Amendment at Capitol – Assemblyman Steve Hawley, R-Batavia, participated in the Assembly Minority Conference’s third annual Sportsmen’s Day celebration in support of the Second Amendment and New York’s outdoors traditions.  Thousands of people attended the event sponsored by Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, featuring a keynote address from Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president and CEO of the National Rifle... read more

NYC Gun Owners Misfire in Legal Challenge

NYC Gun Owners Misfire in Legal Challenge – As dusk settled over the city Monday, a federal judge ruled that New York City won its showdown with handgun owners who challenged a $340 residential licensing fee as unconstitutional.  A city attorney applauded the ruling, saying the fees were needed to do the exhaustive background checks that keep New York City safe.  “The city has some of the strongest laws in the nation to ensure that guns do not fall into the hands of criminals,” Michael A. Cardozo said. “Today’s decision rejects a constitutional challenge to home handgun application and renewal fees, upholds our ability to conduct meaningful background checks, and helps preserve policies that have helped make New York the safest big city in the... read more
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