Ideally, responsible, law abiding gun owners and shooters should be good.Numbers of hunting related shooting incidents have plummeted through the 60 years of hunter safety education in New York State. Statewide conceal carry permits issued in other states have shown the accountability of pistol owners and a reduction in crimes committed.Nonetheless, anti gun groups and powerful individuals continue to appeal to legislators to enact increasingly restrictive gun ownership laws. Added to the mix are complex political issues, vicissitudes of budgeting and influence gathering and a host of insider activity that makes Albany a brokerage house for outdoors interests and concerns.

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