Issues: Gun Control

Prayer Vigil for Victims of Labor Day Weekend Violence to be held on September 10

(Brooklyn, NY) - Senator Jesse Hamilton will join colleagues, anti-violence advocates, community leaders, and neighborhood residents at a prayer vigil for the victims of Labor Day weekend violence tomorrw, Thursday, September 10. Both New York State and New York City leaders will attend the vigil.

In advance of the vigil, Senator Hamilton said, "My thoughts and prayers are with the Gabay family and all the families suffering in the trying aftermath of the violence from earlier this week. Carey Gabay was enjoying the festivities, celebrating Caribbean-American heritage along with thousands of New Yorkers, when he was struck by senseless gun violence. Now Gabay is in hospital, gravely wounded and fighting for his life."

September 10, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Community comes together to celebrate success of the Stand Up to Violence program 40 percent reduction in shootings in targeted areas; Successful mediation of nearly 60 conflicts; Recent expansion into 43rd Precinct

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) held the Stand Up to Violence 1st Anniversary Peace March and Rally on Saturday. The special event concluded with a Family Day celebration at the Pelham Parkway Houses.

August 24, 2015


UTICA – State Senator Joseph Griffo announced Friday that a statewide ammunition database established through the NY SAFE Act has been suspended following a legal agreement that Senate Republicans reached with the Governor’s office.

In the Senate’s latest step to rein in this flawed and over-reaching law, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed today by New York State Director of Operations James Malatras and Senator Majority Leaders John Flanagan suspends the creation of any database at this time that would require background checks for people who purchase ammunition.

July 10, 2015

SAFE Act Ammunition Database Suspended

For Release: Immediate, July 10, 2015

            ALBANY - State Senate Republicans, led by Majority Leader John Flanagan, have reached agreement with Governor Andrew Cuomo to make administrative changes to the SAFE Act, suspending the ammunition database and background check, announced Senator Catharine Young, (R,C,I-57th District).

            The memorandum of understanding (MOU), which mirrors part of a SAFE Act reform bill passed in the Senate, has been signed by Senator Flanagan and Jim Malatros, Governor Cuomo’s Director of State Operations.

July 10, 2015

Statement: Senator Rob Ortt Sums up Session as it Comes to a Close

“I’ve seen the best and the worst of government throughout my first legislative session. There have been true victories for the people of New York. We prioritized Upstate through billion dollar investments in education, infrastructure, economic development programs, energy, and agriculture. We increased critical services to veterans returning from combat, children without adequate health care, women subjected to rape and domestic violence, victims of mental illness, and individuals and families affected by disabilities. Stricter measures against drug dealers and sex offenders will keep our families and communities safe.

June 18, 2015

Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Discusses the End-of-Session Agenda on Your Voice

On this week’s Your Voice cable program, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discuss what’s left to accomplish during the final week of legislative session. He also discusses two of his bills, which recently passed the State Senate, that would require a cost benefit analysis of the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative and would create a database for terrorists.  

Finally on the program, Senator DeFrancisco raises awareness about Arteriovenous Malformation, also know as AVM, and he shares some highlights from his Rebuttal at the 115th legislative Correspondents Association Show.


June 15, 2015

Sen. Ortt Discusses Reforms Made to SAFE Act

Earlier this week, in an effort to restore our 2nd Amendment Rights, the Senate passed a series of reforms to the SAFE Act. Senator Ortt discusses how this is a major step forward, and is hopeful for a full repeal of the law. In the clip, Sen. Ortt outlines the changes made to the SAFE Act.  

June 12, 2015

Senate Approves SAFE Act Reforms

Like many New Yorkers, I strongly oppose the so-called SAFE Act, because I believe it is an unjust, unfair and unconstitutional infringement of our Second Amendment rights.

June 10, 2015

Senator Kathy Marchione announces real progress in fight against the unconstitutional SAFE Act, hails passage of common sense reforms that would begin restoring the Second Amendment freedoms of law-abiding gun owners

Albany, NY – Hailing it as “major progress in the fight for freedom,” Senator Kathy Marchione (R,C,I-Halfmoon), Chair of the Senate’s Local Government Committee, today announced the passage of Senate Bill S.5837, a comprehensive measure that would make important reforms to the unconstitutional SAFE Act. The measure would restore the Second Amendment freedoms of law-abiding New Yorkers if the State Assembly follows the Senate’s lead and passes the common sense reforms.

June 9, 2015


ALBANY – State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement regarding S.5837, legislation that would weaken the NY SAFE Act. He debated the bill on the floor of the Senate today.  

June 8, 2015

Senate approves legislation co-sponsored by O'Mara to repeal key parts of NY SAFE Act (UPDATED)

Albany, N.Y., June 8—The New York State Senate today approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,I,C-Big Flats) to repeal key provisions of the NY SAFE Act, which was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo two years ago.

O’Mara was one of 18 state senators who voted against the SAFE Act when it was first approved in January 2013.

June 8, 2015

Senate Passes Griffo's Co-Sponsored NY-SAFE Act Reforms

ALBANY – The State Senate on Monday passed legislation co-sponsored by Sen. Joseph Griffo that would repeal certain aspects of the so-called NY SAFE Act.

Sen. Griffo has always shared a strong belief with many constituents across his district in Oneida, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties that the Governor’s SAFE Act is a flawed and overreaching policy that was rushed into implementation in 2013 without any input from law-abiding gun owners. The law was tasked with certain authorities without knowing relevant facts at the time, and therefore Sen. Griffo believes the Senate’s vote to revise the SAFE Act is a step toward addressing some of the most egregious provisions.

June 8, 2015

Senator Ortt, Senate Republicans Pass SAFE Act Reforms

Ortt Remains Committed to Protecting 2nd Amendment Rights While Ensuring Public Safety

State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) today joined his Senate Republican colleagues in successfully passing a series of reforms (S5837) to the controversial NY-SAFE Act.

The legislation includes reforms that relate to transferring certain firearms to family members, reporting mental health issues, gun licensing applications and licensing recertification processes. The bill would also repeal a provision of the SAFE Act that requires a background check for a person purchasing ammunition. This is known as the ammunition database.

June 8, 2015

Senator Krueger Welcomes Push By Moms Demand Action

New York – State Senator Liz Krueger today welcomed a new campaign by gun safety advocates Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America to reduce injuries and deaths of children across the country resulting from unintentional shootings.  The public education campaign, launched in anticipation of Mothers’ Day and called “Be SMART,” includes the #NotAnAccident Index and interactive map, a tool used for tracking unintentional shootings involving children.  The new campaign comes a week after Republican Senators in the Codes Committee voted down legislation sponsored by Sen.

May 6, 2015

Senate Codes Committee Votes Down Gun Safety Legislation

New York – Today the State Senate Codes Committee voted down the Children’s Weapon Accident Prevention Act (S.2491), sponsored by Senator Liz Krueger, along with Senators Avella, Gianaris, Hamilton, Hoylman and Parker.  The bill would have protected children from accidental harm and death by making it a crime to fail to store a firearm safely and securely.

April 28, 2015

Senator Ortt's Week in Review

Sen. Ortt discusses what he's been doing throughout his district. 

April 23, 2015

Clarifying Information About the SAFE Act & the 2015 NYS Budget

As you may know, I have co-sponsored no less than three bills to repeal the SAFE Act, a law I voted against in 2013.  I believe the legislation was ill conceived, poorly written and infringes on the rights of law abiding citizens. 

While our efforts to repeal the law have been thwarted to date, I have also sponsored several bills to reform the SAFE Act in hopes of chipping away at the most onerous aspects of the law.

April 10, 2015

Ortt Talks About His Time so Far in Office

Senator Ortt reached out to constituents through an editorial outlining what he’s been up to in office and what his plans are for the future. Read the full article here.

March 11, 2015

S.C.O.P.E.'s Orleans County Chapter Chairman Retires

Monday night was Tinker Young’s last meeting as chairman of S.C.O.P.E.’s Orleans County Chapter. Community representative Bill Hilts, Sr. presented him a proclamation from Senator Ortt’s office recognizing his accomplishments. Young officially retired as chairman of the Shooters Committee on Political Education.  

March 10, 2015
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