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The state has established a toll-free tip line 1-855-GUNSNYS (1-855-486-7697) to encourage residents to report illegal firearm possession. DOCJS press release

Illegal guns tip line draws fire from legislators

UPDATE: Since broadcast of this story, NCPR has heard from Governor Cuomo's office, saying that the tipline was not created as a way to enforce the NY SAFE law. Here's a statement from Janine Kava, director of public information at the state Division of Criminal Justice Services:

"This program has been in place for more than a year and is aimed only at getting illegal crime guns off the streets: a goal that every New Yorker can agree with."

The New York State Association of Police Chiefs also sent NCPR a letter explaining why police started discussing the tipline this week: "On Tuesday, an e-mail was sent out by the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police to our membership statewide regarding the New York State Gun Tip Line."

The NYSAPC letter explains that law enforcement officials were first made aware of the tipline in Februrary 2012, and discussion of it was revived earlier this week, "The e-mail was the result of a series of ongoing meetings to deal with reducing guns used in crimes in New York State. It had nothing to do with the NY SAFE ACT. In our most recent meeting on Monday afternoon we talked about reviving this tip line and informing our members about it by sending out a message and scheduling a conference call to discuss it."

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Gun rights supporters, and some upstate New York lawmakers, are taking issue with an aspect of the new gun control laws, that rewards people for reporting illegal gun ownership to the state.  Go to full article

Small plane crashes in Adirondacks, no injuries

A small plane crashed into Nye Mountain, one of the 46 Adirondack High Peaks, last night with three men on board, according to press accounts.

The crash happened south of Lake Placid. Essex County Emergency Services Director Donald Jaquish told the Plattsburgh Press Republican there were no injuries.  Go to full article
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
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
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
Photo: Village of Massena
Photo: Village of Massena

Village of Massena may bring back youth curfew

The village of Massena is considering reviving a 40-year-old curfew. In the past couple decades, juvenile curfews have been challenged by groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and often failed constitutional tests in the courts. But the Massena police are confident that this one passes the test.  Go to full article
Saranac Lake Police patrolling in the village. Source: SLPD on Facebook
Saranac Lake Police patrolling in the village. Source: SLPD on Facebook

Saranac Lake police restricted to village limits

Police in the Village of Saranac Lake will no longer respond to calls outside the village, unless it's a life-or-death situation.

The village's Board of Trustees decision Tuesday night was unanimous. They cited concerns about costs and potential liability. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article
Failure to provide adequate resources is neither prudent nor acceptable

Potsdam considers police force size

The Potsdam Village Board opened a public discussion on the size of the police force last night.

Two positions have remained unfilled since one sergeant resigned last year, and another was promoted to chief. That's prompted questions about how big a police force the village needs.  Go to full article

Texting while driving will be punished more harshly, says Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he'll introduce a bill to crack down on texting while driving, with new punishments and penalties. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
The Hudson at North River yesterday. (photo: Sandy Demarest)
The Hudson at North River yesterday. (photo: Sandy Demarest)

High waters threaten along Schroon, Hudson rivers

John Warren is host of the Adirondack Almanack blog. We hear his Adirondack conditions reports every Friday morning here on North Country Public Radio.

He joined Martha Foley this morning from Chester, in Warren County. He'd been out and about between there and Vermont yesterday, watching Lake Champlain, and the rivers and streams on his way.  Go to full article

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