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    Mayor promises to shoot down Poughkeepsie Common Council’s gun proposal

    Mayor promises to shoot down Poughkeepsie Common Council’s gun proposal - A number of public officials on the local, county and state level Thursday voiced their opposition to a Poughkeepsie Common Council proposal to create further gun storage requirements. The Safe House Ordinance, proposed by Alderwoman ShaRon McClinton in reaction to a slew of accidental shootings of children by other children, would require gun owners to keep their guns locked and stored when not in their immediate possession, enclosed in either a carry case, or locked enclosure, or locked in a manner to prevent them from being fired, according to City of Poughkeepsie Mayor John Tkazyik.


    Cayuga County Legislature committee holds off on vote for SAFE Act resolution

    Cayuga County Legislature committee holds off on vote for SAFE Act resolution - The Cayuga County Legislature isn't sure it wants to get involved either way with proposed state legislation to repeal the SAFE Act. Though it wasn't just the SAFE Act. The county Legislature's Government Operations Committee had six resolutions on its agenda Tuesday night that expressed opinions to the state government on various issues, none of which passed. As far as the SAFE Act, which toughened the state's gun ownership laws, some legislators questioned whether the body had anything to add to the debate. "Do we as a group have something to offer on the SAFE Act, other than 'We don't like it?'" asked Legislator Joseph Runkle, R-Sennett.


    Seward co-sponsors bill to repeal SAFE Act

    Seward co-sponsors bill to repeal SAFE Act -State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, is sponsoring legislation that is aimed at repealing and amending the controversial NY SAFE Act gun control legislation enacted two years ago. Seward, in a statement, this morning, acknowledged that winning passage of the package of four bills will be "a difficult fight" because of what he called New York's "political landscape." To repeal or significantly amend the law would require that the measures co-authored by Seward and Assemblyman Anthony Brandisi, D-Utica, would require that that the bills be approved by the Assembly, which is dominated by New York City area Democrats, who largely favor the gun control measure advanced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.


    Effort To Scale Back SAFE Act Backed By Assembly Democrat

    Effort To Scale Back SAFE Act Backed By Assembly Democrat - Democratic Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi announced on Monday he had signed on to a legislative package that would alter and scale back some provisions of the SAFE Act, a omnibus gun control bill approved in 2013.  The measures, which are also backed by Sen. James Seward of Oneida, would address major aspects of the gun control law championed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, which he counts among his most significant accomplishments as governor over the last four years.  The proposals would end the ban on giving long guns as gifts to relatives and pistol permit holders, repeal a provision in the law that limits 10-round magazines to seven rounds and end the requirement for ammunition retailers to register with the state and provide background checks on customers.  At the same time, county judges would be banned from “imposing extraneous restrictions” in issuing pistol and handgun licenses.


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