Cortland hunters can use rifles for big game

Cortland hunters can use rifles for big game – Legislation allowing Cortland County hunters to use rifles for deer or bear has been signed into law, state Sen. James Seward, R-Milford, announced Thursday.  The legislation (S.1683-A/A.4357-A) amends the environmental conservation law to add Cortland County to the list of counties in which the taking of deer by rifle is authorized. Current law allows for rifle use in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chemung, Chenango, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Oswego, Otsego, Schoharie, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, Yates and a portion of Broome... read more

Law legalizes rifle hunting in Wyoming County

Law legalizes rifle hunting in Wyoming County – A bill allowing rifle hunting in Wyoming County has become law.  The legislation cleared its last legal hurdle last Wednesday night when it was signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. It becomes effective immediately, although the big game season won’t start until Nov. 19.  “As an avid hunter myself, I am pleased that Wyoming County will join with many other counties across the state to provide more opportunities for sportsmen and women in Western New York,” said Assemblyman Daniel Burling, R-Warsaw in a news release. “This will encourage new economic growth and promote outdoor recreation in Wyoming County, beginning in the fall hunting... read more

What led to ‘Project Gunwalker’?

What led to ‘Project Gunwalker’? – Ten days before Christmas, ATF agent John Dodson awoke, got his morning coffee, switched on the TV news — and heard the words he had dreaded every day of every month he had been a member of the gun-trafficking investigative team called the Group VII Strike Force. A Border Patrol agent had been shot dead in a gun battle with suspected bandits. The agent was 40, only months older than Dodson himself, another ex-military man who chose to serve his country by working for the U.S. government. An all-too familiar feeling returned to the pit of Dodson’s stomach, an awful mix of panic, fear and disgust that flowed from one haunting question: In allowing guns onto the streets in hopes of knocking off a big arms-trafficking ring, had ATF’s Group VII been unwitting accomplices in the death of a fellow federal... read more

Attention Gun Store Owners

Attention Gun Store Owners ATF has announced that they are sending demand letters that all FFLs in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas must report anybody who purchases two or more rifles with detachable-magazine rifles and larger than .22 caliber.  Non-compliance can trigger the license revocation process.  More information on this new regulation can be found here. The NRA plans to challenge the new reporting requirements.  They request that FFLs contact their Office of Legislative Council after receiving this letter.  You can contact the office at 703-267-1161; fax 703-267-1164; email They request you include your name, contact information and if possible a copy of the demand letter. This new regulation increases operating expenses, creates a new excuse to register long gun buyers and opens the door to more extensive gun registration... read more

Bombshell: White House Knew About ATF Gunrunning Scandal

Bombshell: White House Knew About ATF Gunrunning Scandal – A few weeks ago, I wrote about the ATF’s “Fast and Furious” or “Gunwalker” scandal, which appears to reach the highest levels of the Justice Department. Read the whole magazine article here, but the short version is that the Justice Department knowingly allowed thousands of weapons to fall in the hands of criminals in Mexico that were then used to kill U.S. law enforcement agents.  Well, today a bombshell dropped. It’s not just the Justice Department that looks culpable — it looks like the White House was briefed on the operation as... read more

County unplugs pistol permit pipeline

County unplugs pistol permit pipeline – Until late last week a pistol license had not been issued in Columbia County for six months. Slowdowns in Albany had clogged the pistol permit pipeline until, without notice, 20 of the 60 tardy documents returned to the county for signature and approval by the County Court, Sheriff’s Office and the Office of the County Clerk. On July 21 Judge Jonathan Nichols received the permits and began expediting the approval process to get the permits to waiting residents. County Clerk Holly Tanner and Sheriff David Harrison said they too will work to get the delayed permits to eager firearm enthusiasts around the county. The three involved agencies made their response to the delay clear in June, saying in unison, “It’s not... read more

Group questions NRA grant

Group questions NRA grant – A good government group is questioning Rensselaer County’s acceptance of a National Rifle Association Foundation grant to arm three county probation officers.  County officials view the $2,499.70 grant as relief for taxpayers, while Common Cause New York consider it as turning over government operations to outside... read more

Op-Ed: How an Imaginary Gun Saved My Life

Op-Ed: How an Imaginary Gun Saved My Life – Two years ago the federal government passed a law ostensibly aimed at preventing violent hate crimes against LGBT people. Many gay conservatives, including me, said at the time of its passage that the law would do nothing to actually prevent hate crimes. After this weekend, I can now say firsthand that this law hasn’t stopped violent, bias-motivated... read more

Sportsmen turn out for Gibson

Sportsmen turn out for Gibson – Sunday may have been hot and humid, but it didn’t discourage area hunters, fishermen and trappers from attending the Sportsmen for Gibson Fundraiser Pig Roast. Held at the Kinderhook Sportsmen’s Club, this soon-to-be annual event brought more than 100 sportsmen and sportswomen to the Ghent location, with almost half taking part in the trap, skeet, .22 rimfire and air gun shooting... read more
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