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A pleased Gov. Andrew Cuomo at the signing of the NY SAFE Act. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/">Flickr</a>
A pleased Gov. Andrew Cuomo at the signing of the NY SAFE Act. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via Flickr

April 15 marks assault weapons registration deadline

April 15, besides being tax day, is the first day that owners of semi-automatic weapons will be required to register their guns with the state police.  Go to full article
Photo: Franklin gun shop via <a href="http://innovationtrail.org/post/investment-fund-hopes-spur-innovation-gun-safety-technology">Innovation Trail</a>
Photo: Franklin gun shop via Innovation Trail

Can an investment fund make guns safer?

Although some states took legislative action after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings over a year ago, the debate over gun control has largely stalled at the national level. Now, a Silicon Valley-based group of tech investors has launched the Smart Tech Challenges Foundation to spur innovation of gun safety technology.

The foundation is putting forward a $1 million prize pool to aid gun safety tech entrepreneurs.  Go to full article

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John Clayton Elementary School was one of eight buildings on lockdown Wednesday morning. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/leecannon/8785465775/">Lee Cannon</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
John Clayton Elementary School was one of eight buildings on lockdown Wednesday morning. Photo: Lee Cannon, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Gun scare causes lockdown at Indian River schools

Parents, teachers, and students at a Jefferson County school district had a frightening morning when schools were locked down following a threatening phone call.

According to the Watertown Daily Times, administrators from the Indian River School District in Philadelphia, New York called 9-1-1 Wednesday morning. They said they received a tip that an upset gunman was en route to Evan Mills Primary or another nearby school.  Go to full article

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Skelos: NYS shouldn't have approved gun laws so fast

The leader of the Senate Republicans says he regrets the way gun control legislation was rapidly approved earlier this year, and he hopes that the end of the session won't repeat what he now says was a mistake.  Go to full article
Forest ranger Capt. John Streiff, right, checks a hallway at the W. Alton Jones Cell Science Center before continuing a search for a shooter during a training session Thursday. Photo: Chris Morris via <a href="http://www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com/">Adirondack Daily Enterprise</a>
Forest ranger Capt. John Streiff, right, checks a hallway at the W. Alton Jones Cell Science Center before continuing a search for a shooter during a training session Thursday. Photo: Chris Morris via Adirondack Daily Enterprise

North Country law enforcement trains for shooting incidents

Police and emergency personnel gathered in Lake Placid last week to learn some critical skills and techniques for responding to an active shooting incident.

Law enforcement agencies from across the North Country took part in the training sessions, which were held at the former W. Alton Jones Cell Science Center in Lake Placid. Participants included members of New York State Police; the Essex, Clinton and Franklin County sheriff's departments; Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake and Lake Placid police departments; and state environmental conservation officers and forest rangers.  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
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

Gun deal is close in Albany

New details are emerging on gun control legislation that lawmakers say could be passed as early as today.

Senate co-leader Jeff Klein predicts that New York State could have the toughest in the nation gun control laws before Tuesday. That includes closing loopholes in the assault weapons ban and strengthened penalties for illegal guns.  Go to full article

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