Lack of SAFE Act changes disappoint gun groups

Lack of SAFE Act changes disappoint gun groups – The state Legislature left the Capitol early Friday without making any changes to the controversial gun-control law installed in 2013. After some Senate Republicans ran for office last year vowing to seek a repeal of the gun-control law, they were unable to reach a deal to reform the SAFE Act, drawing the ire of gun-rights groups. “Am I disappointed? Absolutely, and I think the gun owners of New York state are going to be disappointed also,” said Thomas King, the president of the state Rifle & Pistol Association. Senate Republicans passed a bill to make a variety of changes to the measure, which was championed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. But Assembly Democrats and Cuomo showed no appetite to follow...

Albany may require gun owners to lock up their weapons

Albany may require gun owners to lock up their weapons – City gun owners may soon be required to keep their firearms under lock and key at home. A proposed law vetted Monday by city lawmakers would force gun owners to store their weapons in a “secure container” or disable them with a trigger lock whenever they are “out of his or her immediate possession or control” at home. Gun safety advocates say the measure will help reduce deaths from accidental shootings and suicides, especially among children, but the leader of the state’s NRA affiliate said the law infringes on the Second Amendment right to bear arms and would almost certainly face a legal...

NYAGV letter to Buffalo Common Council

New Yorkers Against Gun Violence sent a letter to the City of Buffalo Common Council trying to get them to go on the record in opposition to firearms reciprocity legislation pending in Congress. Here is a copy of the letter they sent to Council President Darius Pridgen.  Click on each image to see full...

NY Democrat Introduces Expanded Background Checks for Gun Shows

NY Democrat Introduces Expanded Background Checks for Gun Shows – On May 19, Representative Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)14% (D-NY-12th District) introduced legislation to expand background checks to gun shows. Titled the Gun Show Loophole Closing Act, Maloney’s legislation would require a background check on any private sale conducted at a gun show. Maloney did not name one criminal or high profile attacker who got his or her gun via a private sale at a gun show, but Breitbart News has named a plethora who got their guns via background...

Senator Panepinto Calls on Senate Republicans to Get Serious on SAFE Act

Senator Panepinto Calls on Senate Republicans to Get Serious on SAFE Act – Senator Marc Panepinto (D-Buffalo) issued the following statement calling out Senate Republicans on their broken promises regarding commonsense SAFE Act reforms: “Senate Republicans should immediately enact crucial SAFE Act reforms in order to be taken seriously by the people of New York. For two years, they have danced around addressing any commonsense provisions within this flawed legislation that they brought to the Senate floor and passed under their majority in the Senate. That is unacceptable given the growing level of discontent and concern that honest law abiding citizens and gun owners across this state have displayed. Instead of making empty promises, they should realize that they can no longer have it both ways with their doublespeak. While I have cosponsored numerous bills to address these issues, it is no secret that only the Senate Republicans can allow these reforms to come to the Senate floor for an actual vote. That is why I am calling on Senate Republicans to get serious on reforming the SAFE Act and allow these meaningful proposals to be debated and addressed by the end of this...

Legislative Report #7

Legislative Report #7 is now online (pdf). Senate Codes Committee Agenda for Tuesday, April 28: S-2050 – Relates to prohibiting the possession of certain 50 caliber firearms; directs the division of state police to embark on a program whereby persons currently in lawful possession of such weapons may be reimbursed for the fair market value thereof upon turning in such weapons to a designated officer – OPPOSE S-2491 – Enacts the “Children’s Weapon Accident Prevention Act”; creates crimes of failure to store a weapon safely in the first and second degrees, aggravated failure to store a weapon, and criminally negligent storage of a weapon in the first and second degrees; provides affirmative defenses; directs the Commissioner of Education to develop a weapons safety program – OPPOSE S-2900 – Authorizes the possession of a handgun being sold by a dealer in firearms upon the premises of such dealer –...

Ceretto to push for SAFE Act repeal

Ceretto to push for SAFE Act repeal – New York State Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-Lewiston, announced support Wednesday in the Assembly’s Codes Committee for legislation that would fully repeal the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013. The move would clear the way for the measure to come to the floor for an Assembly vote. “Law-abiding gun owners have been burdened by the SAFE Act for far too long, and it’s time to bring this controversial issue back to the Assembly floor for a vote, so we can repeal this overbearing law once and for all,” Ceretto said in a press...

Tenney urges Assembly panel to allow vote on SAFE Act repeal

Tenney urges Assembly panel to allow vote on SAFE Act repeal – The Assembly Democratic majority is being urged by Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney to take up her bill that would repeal Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s gun control law known as the SAFE Act. The bill by Tenney, R-101, New Hartford, was to be considered today by the Assembly Codes Committee, which could then bring the legislation to the floor for a vote. Tenney, who has voted against SAFE Act funding in three consecutive budgets, said in an announcement that the act is “a violation of our Second Amendment Rights and has stripped law-abiding New Yorkers of their fundamental constitutional...

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...

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,...
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