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The deadly shooting at a Texas church Sunday has renewed calls for stricter gun control laws in the United States. But Rep. John katko (R-Camillus) says this tragedy shouldn't simply bring calls for gun control. 

Katko says it's clear that there were mental health issues with the shooter in Sunday's attack. 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley received a "bad conduct discharge" from the Air Force in 2014, and was courtmartialed for assaulting his wife and child. 

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- In the wake of the shooting in Las Vegas that killed 58 people and injured over 500, some lawmakers in Pennsylvania are pushing legislation that would ban certain gun modifications.

When gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd of concert-goers, he used a device called a bump stock to functionally turn his semi-automatic weapon into a deadlier automatic one.

Finger Lakes Rep. Tom Reed (R-Corning) says passing tighter gun control laws is not the way to respond to the Las Vegas shooting Sunday that left 59 people dead and hundreds injured. Some lawmakers are advocating for new measures after police revealed that the alleged shooter in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history had scores of weapons, but Reed says that approach only offers false security.

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ALBANY (WSKG) - Governor Cuomo, who championed strict new gun control laws in New York after the 2012 Newtown Connecticut shootings killed 20 children, says national gun policy is “insanity” , and “disgusting”. 

Cuomo criticized President Trump and other national Republican leaders who say now is not the time to talk about gun control so quickly after the Las Vegas shooting, saying that attitude is “ludicrous”.

Gun control advocates in NY say they will push on

Oct 3, 2017

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered that flags be flown at half-staff across New York in a memorial for the victims of the Las Vegas incident that left at least 59 dead and more than 500 injured, calling it “yet another senseless and horrific mass shooting.”

Anti-gun violence advocates are renewing calls for a new law that they said might prevent some of these events in the future.

New York congressman's bill would limit SAFE Act

Aug 2, 2017

Rep. Chris Collins (R-Clarence) is introducing a bill that aims to take down Gov. Andrew Cuomo's controversial gun control legislation, known as the SAFE Act.

Appearing Monday at a gun club south of Rochester where the congressman said he learned to shoot, Collins detailed his proposed Second Amendment Guarantee Act (SAGA). It would roll back the restrictions put forth in New York State's SAFE Act for rifles and shotguns and eliminate the seven-round limit for magazines.

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KEYSTONE CROSSROADS - State legislators are again discussing bills that would make it easier to sue municipalities over local firearms ordinances that conflict with Pennsylvania law. The measures would require courts to award plaintiffs legal fees, even if they lose the case. 

Proposal Would Overturn Safe Act In Upstate New York

Feb 6, 2017
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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Republican State Senator Robert Ortt, whose district includes parts of Monroe County, says the New York SAFE Act hasn’t been living up to its name. 

"World's Largest" Gun Show Opens Tomorrow

Feb 3, 2017
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HARRISBURG (WITF) -- An event that bills itself as the world's largest outdoor show opens up Saturday in Harrisburg. The NRA expects 200,000 people to visit the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. This is the fourth year the NRA is running the Great American Outdoor Show, after the previous operator faced a boycott when it wanted to ban certain guns after the Sandy Hook school shooting.

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(Harrisburg) -- The Joint State Government Commission is recommending new changes to a decades-old domestic violence protection law. The group is pushing updates that would, among other things, make it more difficult for abusers to access firearms. 

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New York’s ban on electronic weapons is being challenged by a federal lawsuit filed earlier this month.


(WRVO) The Lewis County Fair is open in Lowville. Organizers are allowing the gun rights group SCOPE to raffle off three firearms. Last week, the Jefferson County Fair banned SCOPE from renting a booth. Organizers there claimed guns were too controversial to allow at a family event.   

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Allentown City Council is looking at reinstating as many as three ordinances previously repealed to avoid lawsuits facilitated by Act 192.  The state law was struck down in June. A week later, state Sen. Richard Alloway, R-Adams, introduced a bill that would reinstate the same provisions. Supporters say the goal is to force uniformity among Pennsylvania's 2,500 or so municipalities, which aren't authorized to regulate firearms anyway.

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After every mass shooting in the U.S., a common call is heard: place more restrictions on guns. One of the immediate reactions is to push for requiring background checks for everyone. Gun right advocates quickly argue such a move would infringe on their Second Amendment rights to own a weapon. So what does a background check in Pennsylvania actually require?

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(WRVO) There are no federal laws that prevent the trafficking of illegal guns between states. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) wants to change that, and is finding support in central New York. Tonya Dugan, of Phoenix, is the mom of a young child. And that’s what she says has pushed her to join the ranks of anti-gun activists.

Here's one topic Americans can bank on hearing about in next week's State of the Union address: gun control. The reaction to President Obama's announced gun-control measures this week was swift and entirely as expected. Gun-control advocates and many Democrats applauded his efforts; gun-rights groups and many Republicans loudly denounced the orders as executive overreach.

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(NCPR) President Obama announced yesterday that he plans to tighten gun control measures using his executive authority. That move drew mixed reviews here in New York, a state with some of the toughest gun regulations in the country.

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Gov. Andrew 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. Cuomo most recently appeared on Hardball with Christ Matthews on MSNBC.

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City, County, and Court officials announced a new court to try gun crimes. The new Gun Crimes Part intends to create a more efficient and consistent approach. New York State Supreme Court Justice Thomas Moran will oversee the court. He will have jurisdiction over cases where the highest count is second or third degree criminal possession of a weapon.

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Governor Cuomo has been talking about the issue of gun violence, saying it should be a key topic in Congress and in the 2016 campaigns.

Cuomo called in to the New York City cable news channel New York One to talk about a potential hurricane, which later veered away from the East Coast. But the conversation turned to the recent mass shooting in Oregon and what to do about gun violence.

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Rochester Police have made an arrest in connection with the mass shooting on Genesee Street last week that took three lives and injured four others. But authorities say they cannot yet release a lot of details about the suspect. 

Three Dead, Four Injured In A Rochester Shooting

Aug 20, 2015

Rochester Police now say that 3 people are dead, 4 wounded after a shooting near the Boys and Girls Club late Wednesday night.  It happened near 500 Genesee St.,  just before 11:30 p.m. Chief Michael Ciminelli says it was a drive-by shooting. He says it happened after a basketball game at the Boys & Girls Club. Ciminelli says a car drove by, and someone fired shots into a crowd outside the building. He says there was no problem in the club itself, or with the basketball game. READ MORE...

Toy guns that look real should no longer be sold in New York.

NPR's Joel Rose reports that retailers who were selling realistic-looking toy guns have agreed to halt their sales of the product. Wal-Mart, Amazon and other retailers have also agreed to pay $300,000 in fines as part of a settlement announced Monday.

An investigation by the New York attorney general's office found more than 6,000 toy guns that violate New York law were sold in the state in the past three years.

New York state has some of the toughest gun laws in the country. Compliance with those laws is another matter.

New York passed a broad package of gun regulations after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., despite the objections of hunters and gun rights advocates. Now it appears that many gun owners are refusing to comply with a key provision that requires the registration of so-called assault weapons.

Gun rights advocates are divided over a recent memorandum of understanding on the SAFE Act - New York’s controversial gun law.

Each year, convicted felons get thousands of weapons from licensed gun dealers. They skirt the mandatory background checks by having people who do qualify fill out the paperwork for them.

Now, the settlement of a lawsuit over a tragic murder-suicide in Kansas has made it easier to sue gun dealers who allow these "straw purchases" with a wink and a nod.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A judge is ruling that Pennsylvania's capital city cannot enforce three gun control ordinances.