Gun Control

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The number of so-called “ghost guns” being used to commit crimes has been on the rise in Onondaga County, and Senator Chuck Schumer says there’s an easy way to stop them.  He stopped at the district attorney’s office Monday, where more than a dozen seized, unmarked, unregistered weapons were displayed on the table. 

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Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to close what he sees as a loophole in the state’s already-strongest in the nation gun safety laws.  The measure he’s proposing would prevent individuals who commit certain crimes in other states from legally owning a gun here in New York. 

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Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law that further decriminalizes marijuana possession in New York State. The law ends criminal prosecution for possession of up to 2 ounces of cannabis.   The action comes on a day when the governor also signed new gun control measures into law.

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Many students, families, and friends gathered outside the steps of  Syracuse University's Hendricks Chapel Tuesday in honor of the victims of the tragic shooting that happened over the weekend in New Zealand. Hendricks Chapel Dean The Rev Brian Konkol greeted the audience with a powerful statement about not allowing fear to win.

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The New York State legislature built on the state’s 2013 gun control laws Tuesday, and are passing  measures to extend the waiting period for background checks for some purchasers,  and forbidding teachers from bringing guns to school.

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  Governor Andrew Cuomo has made the rounds of national news programs now that he has become the target of a lawsuit by the National Rifle Association.  Cuomo, a gun control advocate, is asking other states to join him in fighting what he says is an “extremist” organization. The NRA says it’s Cuomo who has a political “vendetta” against the group that could lead to its demise.


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Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul came to Nottingham High School Monday to greet supporting students, teachers and administrators who want to prevent school shootings. 

The last-minute pitch is happening just before the end of the legislative session.  Hochul says the Red Flag legislation would act as another safety measure.

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Syracuse area schools concerned about safety after recent school shootings can look forward to some help from Washington.  Congress Member John Katko today told school leaders and law enforcement officials the new federal budget bill includes more than $2 billion dollars for a range of school safety measures.  Districts can apply for money to hire School Resource Officers, something Auburn Police Chief Shawn Butler said is effective in his area.

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The students organizing a Syracuse march to protest recent school shootings are trying to make sure their message includes ending all local gun violence.  The young people behind Saturday’s ‘March for our Lives’ also plan to keep their activism going long after it’s over.

These four CBA 11th graders couldn’t escape news of the Parkland Florida shooting.  Ashwarya Vara-Kantam felt directly connected.

NY Senate GOP Votes Down Democrats Gun Control Measures; Sen. Schumer: "Package Ready by Week's End"

Feb 28, 2018
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The leader of the New York State Senate Democrats says she’s disappointed that her Republican colleague voted down a package of gun control measures that Democrats brought to the floor Wednesday. Andrea Stewart-Cousins says she was initially optimistic.