New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
The Three Most Important Ongoing Second Amendment Cases
The Three Most Important Ongoing Second Amendment Cases - Since the 2010 Supreme Court case McDonald v. Chicago, which applied the ruling in the 2008 Heller case (which said the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms) to states and localities, the Court has so far evaded any new case about the limits and meaning of the Second Amendment. Those two cases, though, did not resolve all the important questions about how and when and why the government can restrict Second Amendment rights. Heller and McDonald said that the right to possess commonly used weapons for self-defense in the home cannot be infringed, but Justice Antonin Scalia in his majority opinion in Heller explicitly said this didn’t mean anything goes when it comes to Americans and their guns.
County lawmakers deal with SAFE Act
County lawmakers deal with SAFE Act - The Niagara County Legislature continues to oppose New York’s controversial SAFE Act, passing a resolution Tuesday to deny Albany the use of the county seal and Sheriff’s Office logo on related documents and materials. County lawmakers also unanimously passed a resolution allowing retired Niagara County Sheriff’s officers to carry concealed weapons. That legislation would be in compliance with the federal Law Enforcement Officer’s Safety Act, which passed in 2004 exempting active and retired law enforcement officers from state and local laws barring concealed weapons.
Congressional Study: Murder Rate Nearly Halved from 1994 as Gun Ownership Soared
Congressional Study: Murder Rate Nearly Halved from 1994 as Gun Ownership Soared - A Congressional Research Service (CRS) report shows that while gun ownership climbed from 192 million firearms in 1994 to 310 million firearms in 2009, crime fell—and fell sharply.
N.Y. won't release gun law statistics
N.Y. won't release gun law statistics - New York State Police are refusing to release statistical information about the number of new pistol permits in New York or how many assault weapons have been registered under a controversial gun-control law adopted in January. The SAFE Act approved in January forbids the disclosure of gun owners’ names who want to keep the information private andalso doesn’t allow a new gun database created by the law to be released publicly. But the state is citing the law as a reason to not release any numbers about pistol permits or assault weapons in New York.
Cattaraugus officials upset over state’s use of seal for gun renewals
Cattaraugus officials upset over state’s use of seal for gun renewals - Since the inception of the New York SAFE Act, various county entities throughout the state have stood against various portions of the implementation of the measure. Cattaraugus County legislators are hopeful that they have blocked the state from a tactic that could result in confusion and trust issues, county officials said.
Mass Murder Myths About Sandy Hook and Adam Lanza
Mass Murder Myths About Sandy Hook and Adam Lanza - Last December, less than a week after Adam Lanza murdered 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the New York Post described his "eerie lair of violent video games," where he "obliterated virtual victims…until the virtual became a reality." The Post reported that the troubled 20-year-old "was enthralled by blood-splattering, shoot-'em-up electronic games." The official report on the massacre, released this week by State's Attorney Steven Sedensky, paints a more complicated picture. It casts doubt on the significance of Lanza's gaming habits as well as several other theories about why he did what he did or how he could have been stopped.
Jacobs submits resolution approved by Western Region Clerks opposing unfunded mandate caused by NY Safe Act
Jacobs submits resolution approved by Western Region Clerks opposing unfunded mandate caused by NY Safe Act - Although his term as chair of the eight County Western Region of the New York State County Clerks Association (NYSACC) does not begin until January, Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs is already working on behalf of the Western Region County Clerks who have been financially impacted through the NY SAFE Act. “Albany repeatedly said this new gun law would not be an unfunded mandate on local governments, unfortunately that is not the case,” said Jacobs. Jacobs is delivering a resolution approved by the Western Region Clerk’s to the Statewide County Clerk’s Association meeting next week in Lake Placid stating that the Western New York Counties alone have incurred more than $100,000 in additional costs because of the Safe Act.