News Briefs: Thursday, Oct. 31

Oct 31, 2013

Rochester gun manufacturer set to relocate to S.C.

The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association is lashing out against the state's controversial gun law, the New York Safe Act, following the departure of a Rochester gun manufacturer. American tactical imports is relocating its operations to South Carolina, where the company will invest nearly $3 million into new facilities.

The move is expected to create 117 jobs at the new location. A post at the bottom of the company's website says "goodbye New York.... welcome sunny South Carolina" and says the relocation to Summerville will start at the beginning of November.

Century-old shipwreck found in Lake Ontario

The wreck of a Canadian steamship that sunk nearly a century ago has been found about 16 miles off of Oswego's eastern shore. The 128 foot Ottawa-based Roberval was found in more than 300 feet of water by a trio from Rochester, who were searching for historic shipwrecks in the lake. Two of the steamship's nine crew members were killed when the ship sunk after being hit by a rogue wave in September 1916.

Ammunition sellers must register as part of NY SAFE Act

State police say New York ammunition sellers will have to register Jan. 15 as part of the New York Safe Act. But requirements for record-keeping and background checks won't kick in until the agency establishes a computer system for them. State police have not given an exact date for the completion of the computer system, but say it will be done as soon as possible.

The law also requires all ammunition sales as of Jan. 15 to take place face-to-face, facilitated by a licensed dealer. Once the database is established, state police say dealers will have to record transactions and report them. The law requires dates, names, ages, occupations and residences of buyers and sellers.

Syracuse mortuary school settles in sexual harassment lawsuit

The New York attorney general's office has settled a two-year-old sexual harassment lawsuit with the Simmons Institute of Funeral Services in Syracuse. The 2011 suit alleged that the school unnecessarily kept pregnant teachers and students from performing certain tasks. It also alleged that the school's chief executive and president, Maurice Wightman,who was designated to receive harassment and discrimination complaints, made sexual comments and subjected students to unwanted touching. The school and Wightman have agreed to pay $30,000 in restitution to those filing complaints and will implement new reforms to ensure a safe environment.