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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand teamed with NYPD and gun safety supporters to announce a bill to fight against gun trafficking.

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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.

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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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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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.

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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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.

Sheriff Howard: No edict to deputies on SAFE Act

May 23, 2013
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Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard is clarifying his recent comments regarding New York's new gun control law.

Federal lawsuit filed against NY SAFE Act

Mar 21, 2013

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

Local man first charged under SAFE Act

Mar 15, 2013

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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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."

Gun rally draws hundreds to downtown Buffalo

Jan 20, 2013
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Hundreds rallied in Niagara Square in downtown Buffalo Saturday in support of guns at a nationally-organized 'Gun Appreciation Day.'

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

Most WNY senators vote against Albany gun bill

Jan 15, 2013
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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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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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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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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.


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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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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