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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
Jeff Rabideau and Suzie Thaller. They ran a gun shop in Altona for 18 years. Photo: Sarah Harris
Jeff Rabideau and Suzie Thaller. They ran a gun shop in Altona for 18 years. Photo: Sarah Harris

How will new laws affect North Country gun dealers?

This week we're looking closely at some of the consequences of New York's new gun control law.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo calls the law's provisions "common sense." It closes loopholes in the state's assault weapons ban and limits magazine clips to seven bullets; background checks will now be required for ammunition purchases; and for private sale of guns, and there will be stiffer penalties for using illegal weapons.

Gun buyers and gun sellers are giving the rules a close read. In the North Country, buying a gun doesn't always mean heading to a big box store like Gander Mountain or Dick's. The region is home to over 200 smaller gun retailers, many of which are adjusting to the new laws.  Go to full article
Standing near the Remington Arms factory, Beth Neale, deputy mayor of Ilion, N.Y., says she's watched a lot of large manufacturers leave the region. She's not sure Ilion would easily recover from losing Remington. Photo: Marie Cusick for NPR
Standing near the Remington Arms factory, Beth Neale, deputy mayor of Ilion, N.Y., says she's watched a lot of large manufacturers leave the region. She's not sure Ilion would easily recover from losing Remington. Photo: Marie Cusick for NPR

Remington-dependent Ilion braces for impact of new gun laws

When New York state passed a wave of new gun-control laws on Jan. 15, it outlawed a type of assault rifle made just over an hour's drive from the state capital--in Ilion, NY.  Go to full article

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Miles Manchester's aim was a little low.  But all ten rounds from his WASR-10 would have struck a human body. Photo: David Sommerstein.
Miles Manchester's aim was a little low. But all ten rounds from his WASR-10 would have struck a human body. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Should an AK-47 be legal? Listen for yourself

Last summer, months before the horrible shootings in Newtown, Conn. that took place in December, 2012, Miles Manchester of Potsdam, NY, was browsing the gun listings in the local classifieds. And he saw this ad. "AK-47. Two 30 round clips. 800 rounds of ammunition. And a phone number," recalls Manchester. "And I thought, can I do this?"

Manchester bought a semi-automatic assault rifle second hand, with no background check required.

Today, under New York's new gun laws, buying that weapon is illegal. But it was perfectly legal then.

Manchester bought it, not for hunting or shooting practice, but to persuade people that it shouldn't be legal.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signing the NY SAFE act into law earlier this month. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via Flickr
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signing the NY SAFE act into law earlier this month. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via Flickr

Survey finds gun law toll on Cuomo's ratings

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's championing of strict new gun control laws in New York has taken a toll on his popularity. Opinions are divided on the law's provisions. But a new poll finds that for the first time since taking office, Cuomo's approval rating has dropped significantly.  Go to full article
Remington Arms in Ilion, NY. Photo: <a href="www.flickr.com/photos/loonyhiker/">loonyhiker</a> CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>
Remington Arms in Ilion, NY. Photo: loonyhiker CC some rights reserved

Other states court Remington Arms gun manufacturer

At least five states are trying to lure the gun manufacturer Remington Arms to relocate from upstate New York.

The courtships come in response to New York's new, tougher gun control laws.  Go to full article
Image from Governor Andrew Cuomo's state of the state presentation, highlighting public safety and gun control. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office
Image from Governor Andrew Cuomo's state of the state presentation, highlighting public safety and gun control. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office

Will gun owners go along with NY's tough new law?

The New York State Police held informational meetings with gun owners and dealers yesterday around the state. The meetings were designed to answer questions about how New York's tough new gun control law will be implemented.

That law, signed by Governor Cuomo earlier this month, includes strict regulation of assault rifles, closer tracking of gun sales, and a phased-in ban of high-capacity ammunition magazines.

At a meeting in Lake Placid, gun owners from the North Country asked for clarification about how the rules would affect their gun collections.

But they also expressed frustration, anger and defiance.  Go to full article

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