Gun Control

New York News
6:00 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Thousands Join Anti Gun Control Rally in Albany

Credit Karen DeWitt

A rally against New York’s newly enacted gun control laws drew one of the largest crowds to the State Capitol in recent decades.

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WAMC News
7:23 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Opponents of NY gun law to rally in Albany

Credit Elvert Barnes Flcikr

Opponents of New York's new gun control law plan to lobby lawmakers and rally at the Capitol against measures they say infringe on their constitutional right to bear arms. 

The New York Rifle and Pistol Association, the rally organizer, says busloads of demonstrators from more than a dozen counties around the state are scheduled to arrive Thursday morning and many buses will be full.

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New York News
12:35 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

New York Assemblyman Marc Butler - Amending the NY SAFE Act

Assemblyman Marc W. Butler (R,C,I-Newport) is presented with the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association’s 2011 Legislator of the Year Award by its President, Tom King.
Credit Office of Assemblyman Marc Butler

The opposition to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New York SAFE Act continues to ramp up this week. One Central New York Assemblyman has proposed new legislation amending the law to change how ‘assault weapons’ banned by it are defined. WAMC’s Patrick Donges spoke recently with 118th District Assemblyman Marc Butler about his proposal.

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New England News
8:55 am
Tue February 19, 2013

VP Biden to give address on gun violence in Conn.

Credit Marc Nozell Flickr

Vice President Joe Biden will be in Connecticut this week for a discussion on gun violence hosted by some of the state's Congress members.

Biden is expected to deliver the keynote address at the conference on federal efforts to curb gun violence.

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New York News
5:49 pm
Sun February 17, 2013

NY handgun licensees can file privacy form

January 15, 2013, Albany - Governor Cuomo signed into law the NY SAFE Act (Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act) that will give New York State the toughest gun laws in the nation. The legislation includes provisions to keep guns out of the hands of convicted felons and potentially dangerous mental health patients, and ban high capacity magazines and assault weapons.
Credit Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's licensed handgun owners can keep their information private using a new form from State Police.

The forms, available online, should be submitted at county offices where pistol owners registered.

They can exempt their information from the state Freedom of Information Law, which some newspapers have used to identify owners.

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New York News
4:01 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

NY Gun Owners Can Opt Out of FOIL Requests

NY Senator Greg Ball and the controversial Journal-News "gun map."
Credit WAMC composite photo by Dave Lucas

Gun owners were shocked when a Westchester County-based newspaper uploaded an interactive map that displayed the names and home addresses of pistol owners in Westchester and Rockland counties. Beginning today, New Yorkers can "opt out" of the public record and not have to worry about their private information being shared.

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New York News
1:55 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

NY Congressmen Talk Gun Control

President Barack Obama talks with Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton and Nathaniel Pendleton Sr., following the State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Feb. 12, 2013. Mr.and Mrs. Pendleton, whose 15-year-old daughter Hadiya Pendleton was shot and killed last month in Chicago, were guests in the First Lady's box at the speech.
Credit Official White House Photo / Pete Souza

President Barack Obama delivered his first State of the Union address of his second term in office Tuesday night. He saved an emotional and divisive topic for the end of his speech: gun control.


President Obama referred to Former U.S. Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who attended the speech, and is pushing for Congress to approve gun-control measures. She is recovering from a shooting two years ago in Tucson.

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New York News
8:46 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Hundreds call for state to reverse new gun laws

Credit Ulster County residents at the rally (contributed photo)

ALBANY – Over 500 people rallied in front of the Governor’s Mansion in Albany on Tuesday calling for the state to reverse its recently adopted state law imposing strict regulations on gun owners.

Hudson Valley Assemblyman Steven Katz (R-14) had an impassioned plea.

“Governor Cuomo, tear up this law,” Katz told the Second Amendment rally in West Capitol Park. Katz’s call was a clear reference to the late President Reagan’s famous demand in 1987 to then Soviet President Gorbachev concerning the Berlin Wall: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”

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Commentary & Opinion
3:30 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Stephen Gottlieb: Guns, Militias and Public Safety

I’d like to address the debate over guns from an angle very different than the general conversation. Most of the conversation is about whether guns increase or decrease the risk of homicide or suicide. I’m pretty well convinced that the most likely victims of guns in the house are the people in the household, just as most car accidents happen within a short distance from home. But that’s not what I want to talk about. I see another problem that I think is quite significant.

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New York News
4:04 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Update: Assemblyman apologizes after “Hitler would be proud (of Cuomo)” remark

Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C-Melrose) speaks with Governor Andrew Cuomo following the 2012 state budget presentation on Tuesday, January 17, 2012.
Credit Office of Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin

Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin, who represents parts of Albany, Columbia, Greene and Rensselaer Counties, made the controversial remarks while answering a question about comments that Cuomo acted like a dictator when he expedited the passage of a sweeping package of gun control policy last month using a “message of necessity.”

“When you throw a bill at us in 20 minutes, and we’re told basically to shut up and vote, if that’s not dictatorial, I don’t know what is,” McLaughlin said.

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