Gun Control

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.

NY Congressmen Talk Gun Control

Feb 13, 2013
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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.

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.”

Stephen Gottlieb: Guns, Militias and Public Safety

Feb 12, 2013

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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BOSTON (AP) — Mayors from across Massachusetts are calling on Congress to take action to reduce gun-related violence.

More than a dozen mayors from Massachusetts cities met with Boston Mayor Thomas Menino on Thursday to renew their push for tighter gun laws.

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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.

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