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Image from Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2013 State of the State presentation, highlighting public safety and gun control. Photo: NYS Governor's Office
Image from Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2013 State of the State presentation, highlighting public safety and gun control. Photo: NYS Governor's Office

Judge upholds most of NY gun control law

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A federal judge has upheld most of New York's new gun control law, rejecting arguments that its bans on large-capacity magazines and the sale of some semi-automatic rifles violate Second Amendment rights.

Judge William Skretny in Buffalo says those provisions are constitutional because they're related to achieving an "important governmental interest" in public safety. He says those two features make guns more lethal.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/82199457/">Charlie Kindel</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Charlie Kindel, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Tougher NY gun law results in 1,146 felony charges

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Nearly a year after passage of the state's new gun law, dealer sales of AR-15 semi-automatic rifles have ended in New York and arrest data show more than 1,000 gun possession charges in New York City were boosted from misdemeanors to felonies.  Go to full article

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Saratoga County GOP Sheriff primary too close to call

A fierce Republican primary for the Saratoga County sheriff's seat is still too close to call this morning.

Candidate Mike Zurlo claimed victory last night and appears to be leading by about 400 votes in the unofficial tally.  Go to full article

Gun control fight shapes bitter Saratoga sheriff primary

Today's is primary day across New York state. There are big races in New York City and western New York.

One of the biggest contests in our region is the Republican battle for the sheriff post in Saratoga County.

Mike Zurlo, a former sheriff's lieutentnat, had been seen as the Republican frontrunner in that contest. He's been endorsed by the county GOP and by retiring sheriff James Bowen.

But he's faced a stiff challenge from Jeff Gildersleeve, a former state police
investigator who currently works for the Warren County sheriff's department.

Gildersleeve gained momentum after promising not to enforce New York's tough new gun control laws.

Brian Mann reports that the bitter Saratoga primary has emerged part of a wider debate over sheriffs and their response to the SAFE Act.  Go to full article
Gun rights activist Richard Mack (L) and Clinton County Sheriff David Favro (R) at a press conference earlier this summer in Plattsburgh, opposing the New York SAFE Act. Photo: Brian Mann
Gun rights activist Richard Mack (L) and Clinton County Sheriff David Favro (R) at a press conference earlier this summer in Plattsburgh, opposing the New York SAFE Act. Photo: Brian Mann

Cuomo: sheriffs can't pick and choose among laws

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says law enforcement officials don't get to pick and choose which laws to enforce.

Speaking yesterday in Ausable Forks, Cuomo said that includes county sheriffs who've publicly opposed the state's new gun control measure.  Go to full article
Gun rights activist Richard Mack (L) and Clinton County Sheriff David Favro (R) hold a press conference in Plattsburgh, opposing the New York SAFE Act. Photo: Brian Mann
Gun rights activist Richard Mack (L) and Clinton County Sheriff David Favro (R) hold a press conference in Plattsburgh, opposing the New York SAFE Act. Photo: Brian Mann

Will upstate NY cops, sheriffs enforce gun control laws?

New York's tough gun law, known as the SAFE Act, was pushed through last January by Governor Andrew Cuomo, winning support from the Democratic Assembly and the Republican-controlled Senate.

Over the last six months, however, political opposition to the law has grown, especially in upstate counties where gun ownership is popular. A growing number of law enforcement officials, especially county sheriffs, now say they're deeply troubled by the law, which bans assault rifles and large ammunition clips. Some officers say they won't actively enforce the SAFE Act.  Go to full article
Gun rights activist Richard Mack (L) and Clinton County Sheriff David Favro (R) hold a press conference in Plattsburgh, opposing the New York SAFE Act. Photo: Brian Mann
Gun rights activist Richard Mack (L) and Clinton County Sheriff David Favro (R) hold a press conference in Plattsburgh, opposing the New York SAFE Act. Photo: Brian Mann

Will upstate NY cops, sheriffs enforce gun control laws?

New York's tough gun law, known as the SAFE Act, was pushed through last January by Governor Andrew Cuomo, winning support from the Democratic Assembly and the Republican-controlled Senate.

Over the last six months, however, political opposition to the law has grown, especially in upstate counties where gun ownership is popular. A growing number of law enforcement officials, especially county sheriffs, now say they're deeply troubled by the law, which bans assault rifles and large ammunition clips. Some officers say they won't actively enforce the SAFE Act.  Go to full article
Assemblyman Bill Nojay explaining changes to gun laws made by the SAFE Act at an informational meeting in Lakeville, NY on April 6. Photo: <a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Bill-Nojay/photos/">Bill Nojay's state Assembly site</a>
Assemblyman Bill Nojay explaining changes to gun laws made by the SAFE Act at an informational meeting in Lakeville, NY on April 6. Photo: Bill Nojay's state Assembly site

New group takes aim at pro-gun law pols

A coalition of gun rights advocates and others are forming a new political movement, to get who they say are disaffected and disenfranchised New Yorkers to vote.  Go to full article
A demonstrator's T-shirt makes his views clear at the Lowville rally opposing the NY SAFE Act. Photo: Joanna Richards
A demonstrator's T-shirt makes his views clear at the Lowville rally opposing the NY SAFE Act. Photo: Joanna Richards

NY gun control law protest draws crowd in Lewis County

People climbed up the bleachers in the grandstand at the Lewis County Fairgrounds in Lowville on Saturday for a rally opposing the New York SAFE Act. More than 400 people turned out to condemn the controversial package of gun control measures passed by the state Legislature in January.  Go to full article

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