New York state offers $500 reward for reporting gun owners

For more than a year, New York state has maintained a tip line allowing people to report illegal gun owners and collect a $500 reward.

CBS-6 news reported the existence of the tip line on Wednesday. It was previously a “well-kept secret” that received little promotion from state officials or fanfare in the media, according to the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association.

A February 2012 press release from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s office first publicly announced the tip line, saying it was designed to “encourage citizens to report illegal firearm possession.”

The press release explained that reward amounts would be based on the usefulness of the information tipsters provide, but did not spell out explicit reward tiers.

Information leading to an arrest can earn callers up to $500, according to an operator who answered the line when The Daily Caller called. The number is 1-855-GUNSNYS .

Earlier this week, authorities discussed “reviving” the tip line by generating publicity for it, according to John Grebert, executive director of the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police.

“In our most recent meeting on Monday afternoon we talked about reviving this tip line and informing our members about it by sending out a message and scheduling a conference call to discuss it,” he wrote in a statement. “The Association partners with the State on a regular basis to provide local law enforcement with additional resources to help them in their efforts to reduce gun-related and violent crimes in their jurisdictions.”

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New Study Finds That 100% Of College Kids Who Traveled To Maine For Spring Break Are Idiots

The Return of the Modern Philosopher

Spring BreakA new study released today by the College Travel Blog, Give Me a Spring Break!, found that Florida, Mexico, and the Bahamas were the top destinations of college students on this year’s Spring Break.

Nothing surprising about those results or the fact that beer sales, arrests, and cases of sexually transmitted diseases in those three locations were also off the charts.

What caught this Modern Philosopher’s attention was the paragraph in the study dedicated to students who had purchased vacation packages to travel to Maine for Spring Break.  I had no idea such people existed, but according to the report, over 200 college kids who paid to fly to Maine for their break were surveyed.

100% of those collegians were deemed to be idiots according to the blog’s highly scientific formula and detailed research.

“I’m not sure how I got talked into vacationing here,” one student was quoted in the…

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