gun control

Protestors turn out for 2nd amendment rights
1:42 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Protestors turn out for Second Amendment rights at gubernatorial debate

Protestors outside WBFO-WNED studios ahead of the gubernatorial debates.
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Ahead of the gubernatorial debates, protestors gathered outside of the WBFO-WNED studios.  The crowd was heavy with ant-fracking, pro-clean energy mantras, and just as weighted with chants for Second Amendment rights – those mostly aimed at Governor Cuomo.

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Local
11:22 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Assault weapon registration deadline is today

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. Gun owners who do want to comply say they are confused over how to register.

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Local
3:48 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Hamburg homeowner says protest sign is free speech right

Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

The Hamburg man facing charges for posting a sign opposing the state's gun control law will get another day in court after a second town judge recused himself in the case.

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Politics
9:54 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Cuomo faces challenges from the right and left in 2014

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2014 is an election year for Governor Cuomo as well as all of the 213 seats in the legislature. Cuomo faces the challenge of balancing competing interests as he tries to win another term by a big margin.

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Local
2:34 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Judge upholds most of SAFE Act, rejects magazine limit

A federal judge has upheld most of New York's new gun control law, rejecting arguments that its bans on large-capacity magazines and the sale of popular semiautomatic rifles violate Second Amendment rights.

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Local
5:23 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Cuomo chides sheriffs who oppose SAFE Act

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Law enforcement officials can't pick and choose which laws they want to enforce. So says Governor Andrew Cuomo regarding the NY SAFE Act, the state's updated gun control laws, approved in January following the mass shooting at Newtown, Connecticut's Sandy Hook elementary school.

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12:54 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Sheriff Howard: No edict to deputies on SAFE Act

Sheriff Timothy Howard clarified his stance on the NY SAFE Act Thursday.
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Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard is clarifying his recent comments regarding New York's new gun control law.

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Local
4:49 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Federal lawsuit filed against NY SAFE Act

The New York affiliate of the National Rifle Association, joined by sportsmen's groups, firearms businesses and individual gun owners, has filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking an injunction to stop the state's new gun control law.

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Local
4:46 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Poll shows state Republicans disapprove of Cuomo

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A new poll finds Governor Cuomo is paying a political price with Republicans in New York for enacting the nation's strictest gun control laws.

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Local
10:06 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Residents tired of violence rally in support of tougher gun laws

A small, but vocal crowd gathered at MLK Park to voice support for stricter gun control.
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

After a series of rallies opposing New York's new controls on guns, supporters of the NY SAFE Act turned out at Martin Luther King Park Monday night to show their support for gun control.

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Two provisions of new law are enacted
10:36 am
Sat March 16, 2013

Gun control laws take effect this weekend

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This weekend marks significant steps in the implementation of New York State's controversial SAFE Act.

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Local
9:43 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Local man first charged under SAFE Act

A Chautauqua County man, accused of illegally selling weapons to an undercover state trooper, is the first person to be charged under the state's controversial gun control law.

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4:27 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Lawsuit alleges passage of NY SAFE Act unconstitutional

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More than 1,200 plaintiffs have joined a lawsuit filed against the state claiming passage of New York's new gun control laws was unconstitutional.

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Local
3:47 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Erie County legislators endorse repeal of new gun laws, as Cuomo stands firm

Erie County lawmakers voted 7-4 Thursday afternoon in favor of a resolution calling for repeal of the state's new gun control laws. Meanwhile, Governor Andrew Cuomo, in Buffalo today, said political opposition to the NY SAFE Act is based in "fear."

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Local
3:20 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

County sheriff, clerk blast new gun laws at legislative forum

Sheriff Tim Howard blasted the state's new gun laws at a public forum Wednesday.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Several local members of state legislative delegation hosted a forum in Buffalo Wednesday on Governor Andrew Cuomo's new SAFE Act, which contains the toughest gun control measures in the nation.

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Local
3:02 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Paladino leads Albany rally against gun control, 'Moms' voice support

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Hundreds attended a rally outside the state Capitol Tuesday in opposition to the state's new gun laws. Buffalo developer and former Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino led the crowd in chants criticizing Governor Cuomo for pushing the law through.

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Local
2:21 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Cuomo's approval down, following new gun laws

Cuomo's popularity has taken a hit after signing the state's new gun legislation.
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Governor Andrew Cuomo’s championing of strict new gun control laws in New York has taken a toll on his popularity. A new poll finds that for the first time since taking office, Cuomo’s approval rating has dropped significantly.

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9:00 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Enthusiasts jeer state's new gun laws

A large crowd packed the Clarence Library to voice their displeasure with stricter gun control laws.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

An information session on the state's new gun control laws at the Clarence Library Tuesday drew hundreds of fired up citizens. Many gun owners made no bones about expressing their extreme displeasure with New York's recently-passed SAFE Act.

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Crime
9:50 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Local attorney prepares to file suit against state's gun control laws

Hamburg Attorney James Tresmond
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A local lawyer is moving ahead with plans to challenge the state's new gun control law in court.  The case will not revolve around the U.S. Constitution's "Right to Bear Arms."

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Local
10:37 am
Sun January 20, 2013

Gun rally draws hundreds to downtown Buffalo

Hundreds ralled in favor of guns in Niagara Square
WBFO News by photo Mike Desmond

Hundreds rallied in Niagara Square in downtown Buffalo Saturday in support of guns at a nationally-organized 'Gun Appreciation Day.'

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Phone and Internet used to provide information
10:12 am
Sat January 19, 2013

State provides answers about new gun laws

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Questions have been swirling since New York State passed the toughest gun control measures in the nation.

In an effort to respond to those queries, the Cuomo administration has announced the establishment of a website and a toll free phone line where enthusiasts can get answers. The website can be reached at NY-Safe-Act-Dot-Com. The phone number is (855)

529-4867.

Critics claim that confusion over the law has arisen because the legislation was rushed to approval.
 

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3:26 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Poll: 73 percent of NYers support assault weapon ban

Governor Cuomo signed the state's new gun laws Tuesday afternoon.
Credit Karen Dewitt/WBFO News

The ban on assault weapons and large ammunition clips passed by state lawmakers and signed into law earlier this week has the support of 73 percent of New York voters, according to the latest poll by the Siena Research Institute. 

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9:43 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Assembly passes, governor signs gun control bill; consumers stock up

Governor Cuomo signs the NY SAFE Act.
Credit Karen Dewitt/WBFO News

New York has become the first state to dramatically stiffen its gun laws after last month's massacre at a Connecticut elementary school.

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9:28 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Most WNY senators vote against Albany gun bill

Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer (R) says the speed in which the gun control bill was passed is of concern to him.
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Most members of the Western New York State Senate delegation voted against the gun control legislation that is making its way through Albany.

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9:28 am
Tue January 15, 2013

State Senate approves new gun laws

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The New York state legislature is passing the toughest in the nation gun control laws laid out by Governor Cuomo . The Senate voted late Monday evening , and the Assembly was expected to act Tuesday morning.

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Politics
9:54 am
Thu January 10, 2013

WNY delegation responds to governor's State of the State

Audience at 2013 State of State address in Albany
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Governor Andrew Cuomo was credited for laying out an ambitious agenda by several members of the region's state delegation. Cuomo called for boosting the Upstate economy, expanding casino gaming, and increasing the minimum wage from $7.25-an-hour to $8.75 an hour.

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Politics
9:29 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Mayor calls governor's State of the State "bold & aggressive"

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown with Governor Andrew Cuomo
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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown attended the State of the State address in Albany.  He described Cuomo's speech as "bold and aggressive" and said he believes the governor's call for the toughest gun control laws in the nation is the right thing to do.


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Local
2:35 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Cuomo calls for tougher gun control laws, higher minimum wage

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo pushed for a tighter ban on assault weapons and elimination of high-capacity ammunition clips in his annual State of The State address Wednesday. 

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Illegal guns are the focus of new proposals
10:16 am
Sun January 6, 2013

Gun control gets attention from state Republicans

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to target stricter gun control laws in his State of the State address on Wednesday.

Senate Republicans got a jump on the issue Saturday by introducing proposals that would stiffen laws regarding the possession, sale and use of illegal guns.

The party did not mention assault weapons, but the Independent Democratic Conference, caucusing with the Republicans, is planning to propose the toughest assault weapons ban in the nation.

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Details of bill forthcoming this week
10:10 am
Sat January 5, 2013

Break-away Dems to support Cuomo's gun control bill

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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Governor Andrew Cuomo has yet to reveal his anticipated gun control bill, but the effort is getting significant support.

The Independent Democratic Conference has announced it will support the Governor's legislation. The five-member conference is a group of Democrats who are closely aligned with Republicans. Cuomo's bill is expected to present limits on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

He is planning to announce components of the bill during his State of the State address on Wednesday.

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