firearm background checks en NY Gun Debate Gains Intensity <p></p><p>The legal debate over guns and the safety of New York's citizens continues at a fever pitch in the wake of the Herkimer horror, where four people were shot yesterday.</p><p>The Central New York tragedy and Wednesday’s refusal by a state judge to block New York's tough new gun law, have kicked the gun control issue into overdrive.<br><br>A Siena College poll recently found New York voters, by a 2-to-1 margin, support the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, which included a broader ban on assault weapons and lower limits on the capacity of magazines.</p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 16:13:32 +0000 Dave Lucas 59862 at NY Gun Debate Gains Intensity Police push for background checks on gun purchases <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">WASHINGTON (AP) — Law enforcement <font color="red">leaders</font> who met with President Barack Obama are urging him to improve the mental health system and strengthen background checks, but did not unify on more controversial gun control measures.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;"><font color="red">Leaders</font> of the <font color="red">Major</font>&nbsp;<font color="red">County</font>&nbsp;<font color="red">Sheriffs</font>' <font color="red">Association</font> said they told the president Monday to focus on the mental health system.</span></p><p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 13:54:21 +0000 Jaired Crofut 56721 at Police push for background checks on gun purchases Daniel Vice, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence <p>The number of weapons background checks carried out by the F.B.I. has been on the increase in recent months. That&rsquo;s according to a new report compiled by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence in Washington D.C. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 01 May 2012 16:11:15 +0000 Brian Shields 38020 at