Stephen Gottlieb: Shootings, Guns And The SAFE Act

Oct 6, 2015

The shooting at a community college in Oregon saddens me and leads me to these observations about guns.

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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.

Senate Committee Seeks Input On Aspect Of NY's Gun Law

May 31, 2013

Members of a New York State Senate committee are holding a hearing Friday afternoon with mental health professionals to solicit input on administering the SAFE Act, the state’s new gun-control law.

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NEW LEBANON – State Police have arrested a Hopewell Junction man for possessing a legally possessed handgun, but with a clip containing nine bullets. The new state SAFE Act limits the amount of rounds in a clip to seven.

As a result, Gregory Dean Jr., 31, has been charged with unlawful possession of certain ammunition feeding devices and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, both of which are misdemeanors. He was also charged with a traffic infraction and issued appearance tickets.

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Citizens turned up the heat Wednesday on Saratoga Springs City Center, pressing officials to prove that the group holding gun shows there is properly insured.

New York's Gun Tipline led authorities to a man who tried to sell a deadly weapon over Facebook.

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The Speaker of the State Assembly says a portion of New York’s gun control laws, set to take effect April 15th, may be postponed while talks continue on how to amend the provision.

Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders are talking about amending the state’s gun control laws to reverse a ban on the sale of 10 bullet magazines. They say the law as written presents a conflict because the 10 round magazines are still allowed at shooting ranges and sporting competitions, but under the impending ban, gun owners would no longer be allowed to buy them in New York for those purposes.

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Another lawsuit has been filed challenging New York’s new gun law, the NY SAFE Act. The court action was filed today in federal court in Buffalo by the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association along with a number of other organizations. A separate lawsuit filed earlier challenging how the law was passed was dismissed and is now being appealed. Tom King, president of the 45,000 member New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, tells WAMC's Brian Shields that the new lawsuit is focused on the U.S. Constitution.

3/21/13 – Panel

Mar 21, 2013
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Today’s panelists are WAMC's Ray Graf, WAMC's David Guistina, and State University of New York at Albany journalism professor and regular guest on WAMC's The Media Project Rosemary Armao. Joe Donahue moderates.

Today’s topics include:

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Lawmakers originally planned to be passing bills by now, ready to wrap up the state budget and leave on a three week break beginning on Thursday.
But, instead of an agreement early in the week, each day lawmakers have found themselves discussing new issues , some of them totally unrelated to the spending plan. Most recently, talks have turned to whether to decriminalize public possession of marijuana in New York City, and walking back a provision of the recently enacted gun control laws.

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The legal debate over guns and the safety of New York's citizens continues at a fever pitch in the wake of the Herkimer horror, where four people were shot yesterday.

The Central New York tragedy and Wednesday’s refusal by a state judge to block New York's tough new gun law, have kicked the gun control issue into overdrive.

A Siena College poll recently found New York voters, by a 2-to-1 margin, support the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, which included a broader ban on assault weapons and lower limits on the capacity of magazines.

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Casino gambling and New York’s new gun law, the SAFE Act, have emerged as two issues in Albany sparking a good deal of debate this session. Republican State Senator Kathy Marchione, of Saratoga and Rensselaer Counties, is leading an effort to repeal the gun law passed earlier this year in New York, and the first year lawmaker is also backing a measure that would require the locations of casinos to be known before lawmakers approve a constitutional amendment to allow them on non-Indian land.

Second Amendment rights advocates, who have held rallies in Albany recently, are not the only group upset with portions of the state’s recently enacted gun law.  Some people with mental illnesses believe the law unfairly stigmatizes them. Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports.

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Two counties in New York’s north country are putting the finishing touches on resolutions expressing their opposition to the state’s new gun control law.

The resolutions being crafted have yet to determine whether the county officials will call for repeal or revision of New York’s Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act. Essex County Board of Supervisors SAFE Act Subcommittee Chair Democrat Gerald Morrow says they do not want to rush like state leaders did.

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The Dutchess County clerk has written to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in relation to implementing The New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, or SAFE Act. He is asking the state to reimburse Dutchess for the costs affiliated with enacting the legislation.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Governor Andrew Cuomo says gun control is controversial, but the law he pushed through in New York has broad support and he believes it will save lives.

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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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County legislatures around New York state have been mulling over the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act - or SAFE act - some taking up resolutions against it.

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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 CITY – The Rockland County Legislature Tuesday night voted on three separate resolutions pressing both federal and state lawmakers in Albany to implement additional gun control and mental health legislation, including amendments to the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act.

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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.