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Despite failing to ignite action from the Senate, Congressman Brian Higgins says the Democratic sit-in at the House chambers “effective in galvanizing public opinion” on what he calls “common sense gun safety measures.”

The worst mass shooting in American history has re-ignited the debate over gun control. Senate Democrats plan to force a vote on legislation this week. WBFO's Chris Caya has reaction from some of the region's Congressional delegation. 

This past weekend's mass shooting at an Orlando gay club, which claimed the lives of 49 people and also the gunman, has renewed calls for tighter gun controls. The executive director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence says the weapon used in the attack, an AR-15, has no purpose for civilians other than to kill other civilians.

As the national debate continues over strategies for curbing gun violence, a local panel will explore the issue from several perspectives.

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While hearing testimony from numerous speakers, including relatives of victims of local gun violence, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand renewed her call to pass a bill that would make illegal gun trafficking a federal offense.

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U.S. Congressman Tom Reed said under the Second Amendment, gun ownership is a fundamental individual freedom.

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Two downstate Democratic Senators are pushing for stronger gun control legislation.

Schumer & Schumer urge passage of tougher gun legislation

Oct 30, 2015
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Senator Charles Schumer is a rather influential person in his own right. But he's hoping the popularity of his closest Hollywood connection - his own cousin - can help boost support for a bill he says will keep guns out of the hands of those who should not have them.

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In the wake of Thursday morning’s shooting on a community college campus in Oregon, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo is once again calling for federal action on gun control.

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The funeral for Carey Gabay was held yesterday in Brooklyn.

A $12,500 reward is being offered for information in the shooting of one of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s top legal aides. Carey Gabay, 43, is in critical condition after getting caught in the crossfire of two gangs in Brooklyn early Monday morning.

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.