Firearms

Former Long Island Congressman Steve Israel has traded in a political career for one as an author – but, the politics have not been discarded completely – especially as the issue of guns in America continues with massive demonstrations led by the teens who survived the shooting at their high school in Parkland, FL in February.

In his new novel, Big Guns, the gun lobby controls the political direction of the U.S., requiring that every American over the age of four carry a gun. What ensues is a discomfiting, hilarious indictment of the current state of American politics.

The novel is set in a fictional town on Long Island that becomes ground zero for a pitched battle over gun rights and gun control.

Remington, which started making flintlock rifles more than 200 years ago, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company has longstanding ties to upstate New York.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott says he's still hopeful the Legislature can give final approval to a bill that would allow police to seize firearms and explosives from people determined to be an extreme risk to themselves or others.

The Vermont Senate has unanimously approved a proposal that would allow police to take firearms and explosives from people judged to be an extreme risk to themselves or others.

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Less than two weeks after a gunman opened fire on a concert in Las Vegas, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds more, a New York congressman and two other Democratic representatives have introduced a bill to update reporting requirements for semi-automatic rifles.

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Cobleskill Police apprehended a teenage boy Tuesday night who was found allegedly waving a gun at customers inside a Walmart store. 

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In December 2010, 12-year-old Nicholas Naumkin, of Wilton, was accidentally shot and killed by a friend.

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Senator Charles Schumer is calling for daily federal screening of airport and airline workers for weapons following last month's arrests of five men accused of smuggling guns through the New York and Atlanta airports.

The New York Democrat, joined by Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson, is asking the Transportation Security Administration "to immediately implement a national requirement that all airports develop a daily screening plan that works for their facility.  There is simply no good reason not to take this step."

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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin wants to improve the ability of law enforcement to take and store firearms belonging to alleged perpetrators of domestic violence.

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A group of Vermont lawmakers is pushing legislation that would ban large capacity ammunition-feeding devices on guns and would require background checks for people buying weapons at gun shows.

Representatives Linda Waite-Simpson, Adam Greshin and Mike Mrowicki are among those backing a bill that also would bring state law in line with federal law in prohibiting convicted felons from possessing firearms.