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    Three counties pull out of SAFE Act pilot permit program

    Three counties pull out of SAFE Act pilot permit program - The Cortland County clerk’s office has backed out of a pilot run of a re-certification program for gun owners, part of the state’s stricter gun control laws, because it didn’t feel it was getting enough support from the state.


    NYC comptroller questions oil company's NRA giving

    NYC comptroller questions oil company's NRA giving - The New York City comptroller has asked a Texas oil company to explain its chairman's reported donations of $1 million each to the National Rifle Association and conservative political action committee American Crossroads.  Comptroller Scott Stringer, investment adviser and trustee to the $150 billion city pension funds, is questioning "both the magnitude and the corporate purpose" of the Clayton Williams Energy Inc. donations. He's urging full disclosure to shareholders of all its political spending.


    County clerks: State delays handgun permit updates under NY SAFE Act

    County clerks: State delays handgun permit updates under NY SAFE Act - A little-known component of the NY SAFE Act has shifted into low gear, according to county clerks who have participated in a pilot program to update handgun licenses.  Much of the controversy surrounding the 2013 gun control law has focused on its expanded assault weapons ban, and the accompanying registration requirement for previously owned rifles. (That deadline was Tuesday.) But the NY SAFE Act also calls for handgun permit holders to be recertified every five years with their local county clerks or sheriffs. According to the law, all permit holders need to be recertified by 2018.


    Michael Bloomberg plans $50M gun effort

    Michael Bloomberg plans $50M gun effort - Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans a new effort to take on the NRA, injecting $50 million into a national grassroots network to rally voters for gun control, while taking on both Democrats and Republicans who aren’t on board.  “When they get through their primaries and they come to the general election, they’re going to have to be right on guns,” Bloomberg said Wednesday on NBC’s “Today Show.” “And we’re going to do everything we can…to make sure that we reward those who are protecting lives and make sure that those who are trying to keep people from being protected lose elections.”


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