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Vermont legislators look forward to new session

The Vermont legislature's 2013 session is getting underway. The legislature will likely address some hot-button issues, possibly including some the state has considered for years, including the legalization of medical marijuana, and assisted suicide.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signing the NY SAFE act into law last week.  Journalists say the state over-reacted, by privatizing gun holder permit records.  Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via Flickr
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signing the NY SAFE act into law last week. Journalists say the state over-reacted, by privatizing gun holder permit records. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via Flickr

Journalists want NY gun holder records to remain public

A national journalism organization is calling on New York to restore public access to gun permit records. The names and addresses of people who hold gun permits were considered public information until last week, when the state legislature and Governor Cuomo approved gun control legislation.  Go to full article

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Ammunition's moving fast off the shelves at North Woods Outfitters in Potsdam.  Photo by David Sommerstein.
Ammunition's moving fast off the shelves at North Woods Outfitters in Potsdam. Photo by David Sommerstein.

Small outfitter says gun laws could cripple business

Gun sellers in the North Country are digesting the new state gun control laws passed this week. Most aren't happy with what they're finding out.

North Woods Outfitters in Potsdam caters to hunters. The modest shop has a country store feel, with wood paneling and homemade shelving. A steady stream of customers walks in Thursday morning. A couple older guys with NRA patches sewn on their jeans jackets head straight to the counter where the ammunition is.

Store owner Rick Jones looks a little worried. He says boxes of bullets are flying off the shelves.  Go to full article
A pleased Gov. Andrew Cuomo at Tuesday's signing of the NY SAFE Act. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/">Flickr
A pleased Gov. Andrew Cuomo at Tuesday's signing of the NY SAFE Act. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via Flickr

New poll finds wide support of Cuomo agenda

A survey from Siena College pollsters finds voters overwhelming support many of the items that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing, including parts of the newly enacted gun control law.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signing the NY SAFE act into law on Tuesday. The governor has been criticized by some for the speed with which the debate, votes, and signing of the new package of laws took place. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/57782386@N06">Flickr</a>
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signing the NY SAFE act into law on Tuesday. The governor has been criticized by some for the speed with which the debate, votes, and signing of the new package of laws took place. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via Flickr

Editorial writers rip gun law process

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is trading sharp words with the editorial board of the Glens Falls Post Star, after the newspaper blasted his new gun control measure.

The newspaper argued in a lead editorial this week that Cuomo should have slowed down the gun control debate to allow for public hearings and public review.

That view was echoed by the Albany Times-Union, which ran a lead editorial criticizing the process for what the paper described as a lack of transparency.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the new NY SAFE act into law Tuesday. Photo: Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/page2/">Flickr</a>
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the new NY SAFE act into law Tuesday. Photo: Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office via Flickr

New gun law prompts mental health concerns

Mental health advocates have some concerns over portions of the new gun control rules that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law this week.

During debate over the gun control legislation approved in the State senate and Assembly, the issue of mentally ill people using guns to kill others came up a number of times, particularly among legislators who are opposed to restricting access to assault weapons and other guns.  Go to full article
Remington Arms in Ilion, NY. Photo: <a href="http://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

Remington Arms home ignored in gun law passage

The central New York home of a historic, and major, gun manufacturer felt a little ignored as the state quickly passed new gun control legislation this week.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs gun control measures. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs gun control measures. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Cuomo signs gun control measures

Governor Cuomo swiftly signed New York's new sweeping anti-gun measures into law on Tuesday, just minutes after the State Assembly voted "yes" on the bills, after a debate lasting more than four and a half hours.  Go to full article
Sen. Patty Ritchie at Fort Drum Day gathering. Source: <a href="http://www.nysenate.gov/senator/patty-ritchie">nysenate.gov/senate/patty-ritchie</a>
Sen. Patty Ritchie at Fort Drum Day gathering. Source: nysenate.gov/senate/patty-ritchie

Ritchie joins all North Country Senators against gun laws

When New York's senate passed tough new gun legislation Monday, 18 Republican senators voted against the package, including all four senators representing the North Country.

Senator Patty Ritchie of St. Lawrence County says she would have voted yes for individual bills, like the one known as Mark's Law. That will impose tougher sentences on people who shoot first responders. It's named after a Cape Vincent EMT who was shot and killed when responding to a call in 2009.  Go to full article

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