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The House approved a bill on Wednesday that would ease legal restrictions for carrying concealed firearms across state lines – a move pushed by the National Rifle Association that comes just weeks after mass shootings in Las Vegas and Texas.

On a mostly party-line vote, the measure easily passed, 231-198, although 14 Republicans voted no. Six Democrats voted for the so-called reciprocity measure, which would allow a gun owner with the proper permit in any state to carry a concealed firearm to another state where it is also legal.

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A new survey suggests the vast majority of Canadians favors a ban on guns in urban areas.

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Right after his graduation from Buffalo's Math, Science, Technology Preparatory School at Seneca, Jequan Wilson posted the image of his high school diploma on Facebook. Hours later, he became another victim of Buffalo's street violence.

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Right-to-bear-arms advocates are pushing for one national law in support of carrying a concealed weapon. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 was the topic of heavy discussion last night at an open forum held on Grand Island.

$2.7M to fight gun violence awarded to WNY

Apr 19, 2017

New York State is awarding more than $13 million to help law enforcement agencies combat gun violence.

Buffalo Police will be going into harm's way a little better armed and a little better protected, after Tuesday's action by the Common Council.

Updated Feb. 3 at 4:45 p.m. ET

On Thursday the GOP-controlled House voted to overturn an Obama administration rule designed to keep firearms out of the hands of some people deemed mentally ill.

The action was the latest move by congressional Republicans to undo several of President Obama's regulations on issues such as gun control and the environment through an arcane law called the Congressional Review Act.

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A student was arrested for allegedly carrying a gun into school Monday morning. It happened at the Baker Hall School in Lackawanna. Baker Victory Services spokesman John Pitts tells WBFO News the gun was discovered as the student entered the school building.  


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It has been a violent start to 2017 in Western New York. Police are investigating three gun deaths in Buffalo over the weekend, plus two other shootings - one in Buffalo and another in Lockport.

Buffalo officials insist strong efforts are being made to fight crime in the city after 2015 marked the lowest crime rate in recorded history. On Thursday's National Gun Violence Awareness Day, city leaders and anti-violence activists updated their continuing crusade.

Whenever police are asked about where illegal guns come from, they talk about them coming in from other states with limited or no sales restrictions or sales at gun shows. They also talk about guns stolen after deaths or when the owner is in a hospital or nursing home. Now there is a push to make sure unguarded guns become guarded.


Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says Washington needs to help states tighten the rules against domestic abusers owning guns.


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.

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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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.

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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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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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.

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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New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan of Buffalo says the state's new gun law is necessary.  Ryan is a  hunter and showed off his shotgun to reporters at a news conference in downtown Buffalo Wednesday.

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Calls have been pouring into the Erie County Clerk's office requesting information about revisions to the state's gun laws.

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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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Buffalo's Zoning Board of Appeals says Adams Street on the city's East side isn't the right place for a firearms dealership.

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Some of New York State's largest gun show operators have agreed to new guidelines to restrict illegal sales.

City announces gun buyback day

Aug 8, 2012
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The city of Buffalo will hold another gun buyback program on August 18 in an effort to reduce the number of illegal weapons on city streets.

With no questions asked, residents can deliver the weapons to any of seven church locations in exchange for a pre-paid credit card.

Handguns can be exchanged for a $75 card. An assault weapon will yield $100.

City officials say the program has gathered nearly 3,000 guns since 2007.

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A Buffalo man is behind bars, charged with possessing and selling firearms. 

Twenty-three-year-old Kareem "Decatur" Howard faces numerous felony gun counts for his allegedly selling the weapons in the Riverside section of the city near the Kenmore line.  Nine guns were seized. 

Howard is charged with criminal possession of a weapon and criminal sale of a firearm. He also faces possible federal charges.

Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda says the suspect allegedly transported the weapons from the Decatur, Georgia area.

Gun shop near school creates controversy

Nov 14, 2011
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An entrepreneur in Olean is proposing to open a gun and ammunition shop near Olean Middle School on Wayne Street.  But opposition is mounting.  

WBFO News contributor Ray Marks traveled to Olean and has learned the plan could be put on hold because of the possible impact on the neighborhood.