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A "Memorandum of Understanding" between the Cuomo Administration and New York state Senate Republicans suspending a statewide ammunition registry program has opened a political can of worms, causing a commotion at the Capitol.

One provision of the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013, commonly known as the SAFE Act, called for an ammunition database to be rolled out in January 2014. Cost and the difficulty of implementation became obstacles apparently too difficult to sidestep.

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  Empire State leaders have approved legislation  that makes changes to the SAFE Act.

The state Senate has voted 35-26 to tweak the landmark gun control law passed in the wake of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. The Senate passed changes yesterday that would allow a family member to inherit certain types of semi-automatic firearms when their owner dies and make pistol permit applications exempt from open records laws.

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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.


Buoyed by last year's passage of tougher gun laws, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence is urging New York lawmakers to go further by requiring firearm owners to securely store their weapons.

Tuesday the group called on lawmakers to pass legislation mandating that guns be stored in a safe or equipped with a gun lock, along with another proposal that  would require all semi-automatic handguns sold in the state to be equipped with a device that stamps a unique code into a shell casing each time the gun is fired, making it easier for authorities to track guns used in shootings.

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Mike Spain about the New York SAFE Act and increased extreme weather in Upstate New York.

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Judy Patrick about the SAFE Act and an oak wilt fungus affecting Glenville trees.

NY Gun-Rights Protestors Burn Registration Forms

Mar 17, 2014

Protesters at a gun-rights rally in New York have burned assault weapons registration forms to protest the state's 2013 gun law.

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The publisher of a major newspaper chain has thrown cold water on a report that it was considering building state-by-state databases of people who have the right to carry concealed firearms.

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Local leaders in Saratoga County are taking steps to distance the county from provisions under New York’s SAFE Act, one year after its enactment.

This week, Saratoga County Board of Supervisors’ Law and Finance committee advanced a measure proposed by County Clerk Craig Hayner and Sheriff Michael Zurlo to remove the Saratoga County seal from state-issued letters to county residents requesting pistol permit renewals.

Under the SAFE Act, in March, the state will be sending out 3,000 recertification letters to permit holders in Saratoga County.

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A coalition of gun rights advocates and others are forming a new political movement, to get what they say are disaffected and disenfranchised New Yorkers to vote.