Jan 02, 2014 — On Tuesday, Federal Judge William Skretny in Buffalo ruled that most provisions of the NY SAFE Act were constitutional. Martha Foley and Brian Mann discuss how this effects the gun control-gun rights debate going forward into 2014. Go to full article
Gun rights activist Richard Mack (L) and Clinton County Sheriff David Favro (R) hold a press conference in Plattsburgh, opposing the New York SAFE Act. Photo: Brian Mann
Aug 14, 2013 — New York's tough gun law, known as the SAFE Act, was pushed through last January by Governor Andrew Cuomo, winning support from the Democratic Assembly and the Republican-controlled Senate.
Over the last six months, however, political opposition to the law has grown, especially in upstate counties where gun ownership is popular. A growing number of law enforcement officials, especially county sheriffs, now say they're deeply troubled by the law, which bans assault rifles and large ammunition clips. Some officers say they won't actively enforce the SAFE Act. Go to full article
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
Rensselaer, NY, Mar 22, 2013 — 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."
_______ 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
Robert Schulz from Queensbury announcing his lawsuit in Albany. Photo: Karen DeWitt