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Pro-gun protest outside Gun Show in Saratoga Springs, 1/12/2013. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/imaphotog/">imaphotog</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>
Pro-gun protest outside Gun Show in Saratoga Springs, 1/12/2013. Photo: imaphotog, CC some rights reserved

Saratoga gun show a flashpoint in weapons ban debate

Vice President Joe Biden is expected to deliver a comprehensive package of gun control recommendations to President Barack Obama tomorrow. According to The Associated Press, Senators plan to introduce a bill that would ban assault weapons and limit the size of ammunition magazines, but the head of the National Rifle Association and at least one senator say Congress is unlikely to pass it.

The measures come in the wake of the school shooting in Connecticut that killed 27 people. They're part of a renewed consideration, nationwide, of gun control regulations.

Roughly 200 protesters turned up over the weekend at a gun show in Saratoga Springs that became a flash point in the debate.

The show on Saturday at the Saratoga City Center has gone on for three decades, but it drew new publicity after the school shooting in Newtown.  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)

No timeline for gun ban agreement

Governor Cuomo dampened expectations for a quick settlement on a package of gun control bills, saying he does not have a timeline for agreement with the legislature.

The governor says he's still pushing, but one day after legislative leaders said they believed a deal was "achievable" and could come this week, Governor Cuomo now says there is no timeline, for "when or if" a deal on anti gun measures will be reached.  Go to full article

Gun control talks continue in Albany

Talks between New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the legislature continued on the eve of the governor's annual State of the State speech. Cuomo had wanted agreement among lawmakers by the time he speaks.  Go to full article
Saranac Lake High School. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rschott/">Ron Schott</a>, some rights reserved.
Saranac Lake High School. Photo: Ron Schott, some rights reserved.

School struggles to balance security, cost and culture

District officials are talking about ways to tighten security at schools in Saranac Lake in the wake of last month's school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

One of the toughest challenges for school officials and students is how to make the schools safer without compromising convenience and the educational environment. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article
NY already bans high-capacity magazines, such as these displayed on an Arizona gun shop wall. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/saechang/"> Mike Saechang</a> CC <a href=http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en>some rights reserved</a>
NY already bans high-capacity magazines, such as these displayed on an Arizona gun shop wall. Photo: Mike Saechang CC some rights reserved

Cuomo: strengthen federal gun laws, close state loopholes

Governor Cuomo says federal gun laws need to be strengthened, and he says New York State's assault weapons ban has loopholes that need to be closed.

Governor Cuomo says the state already has some of the toughest anti-gun laws in the nation, so the focus should really be on the strengthening of federal laws, where a ban on assault weapons was allowed to lapse in 2004. But he says the state's assault weapons ban should be tightened, too. For instance, the semi-automatic weapon used in the Newtown shootings is legal in New York.  Go to full article
One proposed change would require an identifying microstamp on shell casings. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/stilldavid/">David Stillman</a>. cc <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>
One proposed change would require an identifying microstamp on shell casings. Photo: David Stillman. cc some rights reserved

Cuomo plans to make gun crime a priority in next session

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Governor Cuomo says curbing gun violence will be a priority in the next legislative session. Cuomo's a long time advocate of stricter gun control law, but hasn't pushed the issue as governor. That's going to change, he says.  Go to full article
The police department is going to... have an extra presence indefinitely, until we feel we're back to normal.

Watertown police, schools trace gun threat

Watertown police continue to work with the Watertown City School District to find out who threatened to bring a gun to school earlier this week.  Go to full article

North Country gun thefts spike sharply in 2008

State police say the number of guns stolen across the North Country grew dramatically last year. 116 firearms were stolen, with most of the thefts coming in Clinton and Franklin Counties. That was up from just seventy-five in 2007. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Commentary: school shootings - pulling back from the brink

Last week brought more tragic school shooting attacks, culminating at Northern Illinois University. A gunman entered a class there Thursday, killing six students and wounding 18 others before taking his own life. The man was a former student. Commentator Paul Hetzler remembers scraping very close to that edge of violence himself, and offers one answer to the question: why? -- and its flipside: why not?  Go to full article

Very Special Place: Dick?s Country Store and Music Oasis

The northern edge of Franklin and Clinton Counties is a guitar fan's paradise. Not only is Malone home to one of the world's best-known inlay artists, Dave Nichols, but Orville Gibson, founder of the Gibson Guitar Company, was born in Chateauguay and is buried in Malone. And a few miles east of Chateauguay on a quiet stretch of Route 11, is a store that attracts guitar players, hunters and passers-by whose cars, and stomachs, are running on empty. Today, NCPR and TAUNY, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, continue our look at some very special places in the North Country. In the shadows of some newly-constructed wind turbines is Dick's Country Store and Music Oasis in Churubusco. Earlier this summer Varick Chittenden and Joel Hurd visited the store and learned why musicians and hunters travel hundreds and even thousands of miles to this North Country landmark.  Go to full article

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