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News stories tagged with "gun-control"

We have been working on it, and we didnt want to go with a knee-jerk reaction like New York State did...

Franklin County joins opposition to new gun control law

Franklin County has joined a growing chorus of upstate counties that have gone on record opposing New York's SAFE Act.  Go to full article
Robert Schulz from Queensbury announcing his lawsuit in Albany. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Robert Schulz from Queensbury announcing his lawsuit in Albany. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Are court challenges to NY's tough gun law DOA?

Conservative activists, legal experts and many Republican lawmakers are gearing up to try to roll back key provisions of the New York SAFE Act.

That's the tough gun control law pushed through in January by Governor Andrew Cuomo, following deadly shootings in Connecticut and western New York.

The NY SAFE Act phases in a total ban on assault rifles and large ammunition clips. It also establishes strict new rules for buying and selling guns in New York.

At least two court battles are brewing over the new law. But experts say overturning the measure through legal action will be a long-shot.  Go to full article
Image from Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State presentation, highlighting public safety and gun control. Photo: NYS Governor's Office
Image from Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State presentation, highlighting public safety and gun control. Photo: NYS Governor's Office

State gov talks about amending NY SAFE act

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says there's been talk of amending the state's recently-enacted gun control law, to permit a 10 magazine clip in certain circumstances. Silver remained noncommittal about the change.  Go to full article
James Lytle of Horseheads at the Feb. 28, 2013 anti-gun control rally in Albany. Photo: Karen DeWitt
James Lytle of Horseheads at the Feb. 28, 2013 anti-gun control rally in Albany. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Thousands Join Anti-Gun Control Rally in Albany

A rally against New York's newly enacted gun control laws drew one of the largest crowds to the State Capitol in recent decades.  Go to full article
Title screen courtesy Mountain Lake PBS
Title screen courtesy Mountain Lake PBS

Mountain Lake PBS takes a local look at "After Newtown"

A special live edition of Mountain Lake Journal tonight (Thursday) will discuss how local schools are responding to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December. Mountain Lake PBS Anchor Thom Hallock will take viewer questions and comments. He'll also talk with a panel of educators, law enforcement officers, and mental health professionals about reactions and security measures in North Country schools and communities in the weeks after the tragedy. Hallock spoke with Martha Foley during the 8 'clock Hour this morning.  Go to full article

Why is fear up when crime is down in America?

In the wake of the Newtown tragedy and the contentious push for new gun laws in both Washington and Albany, it's often easy to forget that we've been experiencing a major decline in crime in America.  Go to full article
NY-21's Democratic Congressman Bill Owens (2nd from left) with other members of the NY Congressional delegation. Photo: Rep. Owens' office
NY-21's Democratic Congressman Bill Owens (2nd from left) with other members of the NY Congressional delegation. Photo: Rep. Owens' office

Owens cautious on Obama's agenda

Democratic congressman Bill Owens reacted cautiously to much of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address last night.

Speaking with North Country Public Radio, Owens questioned whether Obama's approach to gun control could make communities safer without violating 2nd amendment rights.

Owens also expressed reservations about the idea of raising the Federal minimum wage, because of objections from small business owners.

But Owens told Brian Mann that he does think some kind of bipartisan accord is possible on the thorny issue of illegal immigration.  Go to full article
U.S. Rep. Bill Owens.
U.S. Rep. Bill Owens.

Owens wants incremental approach to gun control

As gun control talks continue in Washington, the North Country's representative in the House thinks Congress should tread carefully on a matter he says has far-reaching constitutional implications.

Congressman Bill Owens said recently that gun control efforts should start by focusing on areas of common interest, like expanded background checks for gun buyers. The Democrat from Plattsburgh believes that some of the other issues being discussed on the national level, like tighter restrictions on assault weapons, are too volatile, and it makes sense to move forward with less controversial issues.  Go to full article

NY gunowners to NRA: sign us up!

New York gun owners are fighting back against the state's new gun control law. WNYC's Robert Lewis has been following the story, which took him to a gun show in Albany.  Go to full article
Darius Gibbs, a former soldier and member of the Watertown Sportsmen's Club, aims a rifle at the range. Photo: Joanna Richards
Darius Gibbs, a former soldier and member of the Watertown Sportsmen's Club, aims a rifle at the range. Photo: Joanna Richards

How soldiers feel about the gun debate

The gun control debate has reached a new pitch following the passing of the SAFE Act in New York state. But how do the Army and soldiers -- who work with weapons every day -- handle guns, and how can that inform the civilian debate?  Go to full article

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