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As students in Vermont and across the nation stepped out of classrooms Wednesday morning to demand action on gun violence Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy stood on the Senate floor to echo their demands.

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Gun shows at the Saratoga Springs City Center will soon be a thing of the past. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the city council Friday voted on a measure that will effectively halt one of the venue’s longest-running events.

The Vermont Legislature did not pass gun legislation before lawmakers head home for their mid-session break as Republican Governor Phil Scott had requested, but they have made the issue a focus of their deliberations during the current session.

Congressman Joe Courtney

Americans are divided over guns.

In today’s Congressional Corner, WAMC’s Alan Chartock wraps up his interview with Connecticut Representative Joe Courtney.

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.

Keith Strudler: Shopping For Sporting Goods

Feb 28, 2018

If you have two kids of a certain age like I do, you spend a whole lot of time in sporting good stores. We tend to do a weekly pilgrimage to buy anything from soccer cleats to compression shirts to running shoes that aren’t even necessarily used for running. It’s an expensive hobby, having kids. And of course, that means we spend a whole lot of time in Dick’s Sporting Goods, the largest retail sporting goods chain in the US. And every time I go to Dick’s, I have an uncomfortable moment when I have to walk my kids by the hunting section of the store. Because there, among other things, is a wall full of guns. There’s also bullets, and scopes and all the other things that make guns work – most of which I’m largely unfamiliar with, despite my three summers of Boy Scout camp in Texas. I tend not to spend much time staring, and I certainly don’t encourage my kids to peruse – which isn’t usually that hard, since they’re busy trying to convince me to buy them $100 basketball shoes they don’t need. It hasn’t stopped me from shopping there, obviously. But the feeling is there, and perhaps one reason I wish I was at Nike Store or a Foot Locker – something I never thought I’d say.

Lawmaker Pitches CT Gun Seizure Law To Other States

Feb 17, 2018

A Connecticut lawmaker wants other states to know about a law on his state's books that could help prevent mass shootings.

Former Fulton County Deputy Sheriff Richard Christiano Jr. was found guilty Wednesday of two felony counts of Grand Larceny for illegally selling two handguns.


A gun buyback program in Amsterdam will hold an event this weekend.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey
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The National Rifle Association is taking aim at Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey's enforcement notice clarifying what constitutes a "copy" or "duplicate" weapon under the state's assault weapons ban.

Supporters of a proposal to require background checks on all gun purchases in Vermont say they hope 2017 will be the year that the Legislature passes the legislation.

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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says a new report shows New York is taking an important step in combatting gun violence.


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October has typically been a month when the Saratoga Springs City Center hosts the North East Arms Collectors Association’s gun show.

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A Hudson Valley assemblywoman has introduced legislation to prevent people on the terror watch list from purchasing guns in New York. The head of a state gun advocacy group says legislators are missing the mark.

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A New York state Democratic assemblyman from the Hudson Valley has introduced legislation to ban guns for people who appear on a federal “No-Fly” list. The bill, which echoes calls on the national level, is drawing both support and opposition.

Westchester County Assemblyman Tom Abinanti has introduced legislation to prohibit people named on the FBI’s No-Fly List from obtaining or renewing a license to carry firearms.

“If you’re not safe to fly, you’re not safe to have a gun,” says Abinanti. “It’s just plain, simple common sense.”

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A Warren County elementary school was put into lockdown Thursday after two guns were spotted in a parked car.

New York Democratic Congresswoman Nita Lowey is calling on the House to pass legislation prohibiting suspects on the terror watch list from purchasing firearms.

  Alley Russo is a recent college grad desperately trying to make it in the grueling world of New York publishing, but like so many who have come before her, she has no connections and has settled for an unpaid magazine internship while slinging drinks on Bleecker Street just to make ends meet. That’s when she hears the infamous Walker Reade is looking for an assistant to replace the eight others who have recently quit. Hungry for a chance to get her manuscript onto the desk of an experienced editor, Alley jumps at the opportunity to help Reade finish his latest novel.

An aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been declared brain dead after he was shot in the crossfire between two gangs in the hours before the West Indian Day parade. Carey Gabay's family made the announcement Wednesday. He remains on life support pending what his family says are "difficult decisions" in the days to come.

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Officials in Saratoga County are working to put in place a concealed carry permit system.  Sheriff Michael Zurlo said he’s been in conversation with gun club owners and pistol permit holders in Saratoga County to establish the unrestricted permit program.

Reputed Gang Members Indicted In Gunrunning Ring

May 7, 2015

Ten reputed members of the Bloods street gang have been indicted in a gunrunning ring that smuggled weapons to New York City for resale.

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The Vermont Senate has agreed with House changes to new restrictions on firearms ownership in Vermont.

The Vermont House has passed a bill designed to keep guns out of the hands of convicted felons and people who are dangerously mentally ill.

The Vermont Senate this afternoon passed a bill that sets new restrictions on gun ownership.  The battle lines are being drawn ahead of House debate.

The Vermont Senate has taken a key vote in support of a trimmed-down bill that sets some new restrictions on firearms ownership.


The battle lines are familiar in state and national politics: Vermonters packed the Statehouse Tuesday evening to attend a hearing on legislation that would expand background checks for gun buyers and impose other new firearms restrictions.

10/20/14 Panel

Oct 20, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Political Consultant Libby Post and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
Texas Hospital Apology
Catholic Church Gay U-Turn
NY No Gun List
Voter ID Decision
Black Vote for Senate
Opera Protest

As America has suffered through mass shooting after mass shooting, it often seems there is an unbridgeable chasm between activists calling for reforms and gun rights purists who have worked to redefine the meaning of the Second Amendment through the courts and exercise outsize influence on legislatures.

    The heroin scourge is being felt across state lines.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Representative Elizabeth Esty tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock there’s a link between guns and drugs.

4/24/14 Panel

Apr 24, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld and Times Union Associate Editor, Mike Spain.

Topics include:
Net Neutrality
Georgia Guns
Exercise-related fatigue
Face recognition
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