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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that expands the confiscation of guns from individuals convicted of domestic violence cases. While some, including the Erie County District Attorney, welcome the updated legislation, others are raising questions about the governor's history with gun rights issues.


Newly-released numbers from Siena Research Institute suggest a wide majority of New York State residents support Gov. Andrew Cuomo's gun control legislation known as the SAFE Act and oppose the idea of arming teachers. The Siena poll also indicates while the public's view toward Cuomo's job performance has lowered, they continue to hold an overall favorable view of the governor.


In New York, Gun Owners Balk At New Handgun Database

Feb 1, 2018
Lauren Rosenthal / NCPR

Wednesday marked the official deadline for more than 370,000 handgun owners in the state of New York to register those guns with state police. New York is trying to use that information to build a comprehensive record of gun owners — something only one other state has done. The database that California started in 2007 has gotten mixed reviews.

Deadline to re-certify pistol permits is here

Jan 31, 2018

Wednesday is the deadline for New York State pistol permit holders to re-certify their permits with state police. State police said they are focused on informing handgun owners about the requirement, which is a provision of the state’s SAFE Act. The deadline applies to those who were issued a pistol permit before January 2013.

Members of local gun groups may be aware of the new mandate for pistol recertification, but many average gun owners are not.

Collins unveils SAGA Act, aims to undo Cuomo's SAFE Act

Jul 31, 2017
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Congressman Chris Collins says federal law can preempt state law. It is with that in mind that the Western New York Republican is introducing a bill that aims to take down Governor Andrew Cuomo's gun control legislation known as the SAFE Act.


A political newcomer plans to challenge incumbent Republican Congressman Chris Collins in the 2018 election.

Ortt and colleagues make renewed push against SAFE Act

Mar 3, 2017
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Republicans in the State Senate are again introducing legislation challenging New York's so-called SAFE Act. Local State Senator Robert Ortt is among those sponsoring a bill that would remove many provisions of Governor Cuomo's law outside of New York City. The Lieutenant Governor, meanwhile, defended the law, saying that it's working.


Across New York, thousands of residents are getting pistol permits, with the applications rising rapidly statewide.

Governor Cuomo has been speaking out about the need for national gun control laws in recent days, but Cuomo says he doesn’t know when a key provision of New York’s own gun safety laws will be enacted.

Jonny Moran

Governor Cuomo, who has been somewhat reticent about speaking out on the national stage, has lately been talking about the  issue of gun violence, saying it should be a key topic in Congress and in the 2016 campaigns.


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Over recent days there have been conflicting reports about a deal reached in Albany over New York's gun control law. However, one top state official maintains there have been no changes to the SAFE Act. 


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Governor Andrew Cuomo and Senate Republicans have come to an agreement regarding ammunition sales provisions in the New York SAFE Act.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

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.

Photo by Mike Desmond

On a bitterly cold and snowy afternoon, gun rights supporters rallied Tuesday outside the Mahoney State Office Building in Buffalo to voice opposition to long gun registration rules which kicked in at midnight.

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.

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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A large fundraising affair for Governor Andrew Cuomo brought protestors to downtown Buffalo Tuesday night.

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The three candidates for Erie County Sheriff debated the issues Tuesday morning at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute.

SAFE Act provisions process begins

Apr 15, 2013
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Two controversial provisions of New York State's SAFE Act will go into effect on Monday, April 15, 2013.

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.