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.
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.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A legislative subcommittee reviewing Connecticut gun laws is receiving some final expert testimony before the lawmakers begin devising recommendations for possible changes to the laws in light of the Newtown school shooting.
The gun violence prevention subcommittee faces a Feb. 15 deadline to forward its ideas to legislative leaders, who hope the full General Assembly can vote on a package of reforms at month's end.
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.
NEW CITY – Starting today, the Rockland County Sheriff’s Office and County Clerk’s Office will be distributing free firearms cable locks to county residents.
A total of 1,600 of the devices were donated to the county. Persons seeking the locks will be asked to complete a voluntary basic information form. If they chose not to, they must display visual proof of Rockland County residency.
ALBANY – Assembly woman Annie Rabbitt has posted an online petition seeking to repeal the new state gun control laws.
Rabbitt, who has family members in law enforcement, said the governor’s budget proposes $36 million to create a database of lawful gun owners in New York. “I believe there are a lot better uses for $36 million in taxpayer funds,” she said.
Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy says closing loopholes in the background check system for gun purchasers won't threaten firearms owners' Second Amendment rights to own a gun, and is a matter of common sense.
President Barack Obama delivers a statement in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House regarding the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, Dec. 14, 2012.
Credit Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Several hundred Newtown residents have turned out for a legislative public hearing, urging Connecticut lawmakers to impose policy changes after last month's elementary school massacre that left 20 first-graders and six educators dead.
Four gun-rights groups have filed a Notice of Claim in New York State, challenging the gun measure Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law earlier this month.
The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association; the Westchester County Firearms Owners Association, based in Rye Brook; the Sportsmen’s Association for Firearms Education, in Commack, Long Island; and AR15.com, a web site run out of Farmington, in upstate New York, filed a notice of claim Tuesday with the New York State Attorney General’s office. Here’s President of the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Tom King.