As of Feb 27, fifty counties in New York have either passed or are considering resolutions rejecting Governor Cuomo’s SAFE Act restrictive gun control law.
Only seven counties -Essex, Schenectady, Albany, Tompkins, Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester – and NY City have not taken up resolutions in defiance of the law.
The general consensus is that this law infringes on the citizen’s right to bear arms as guaranteed under the 2nd Amendment. As Rensselaer County Legislator Lester Goodermote said the new law “impacts law-abiding citizens and does little to disarm dangerous criminals or deal with the problems of the dangerously mentally ill” (http://bit.ly/Y5vIKu).
In St. Lawrence County, a resolution passed unanimously before their Finance Committee seeking reconsideration of the SAFE Act. Nearly 300 citizens came to the hearing to speak out against the law. The resolution now moves before the full board Monday, Mar 4 at 7pm. That particular resolution did not specifically call for the repeal of the law, but does reject its more restrictive provisions.
In an email message citing the citizens’ involvement in the board’s decision, Legislator Dan Parker appealed for continued public support. “Your message was loud, clear and unanimous in opposition to the NY-SAFE Act. While the resolution that was passed did not contain language to repeal this act, our message will be clearly understood that the changes and the process were flawed and need to be corrected.
With the resolution again facing a vote on Monday, Legislator Parker urged the people to “attend the full board meeting on March 4 at 7PM to ensure the language of the resolution does not change further and that the full board votes to pass it.”
The New York Association of Counties and the NY Association of County Clerks have also passed resolutions in opposition to the restrictive gun control law as has the NY State Sheriffs’ Association.
Additionally, the sheriffs of Dutchess, Saratoga, Erie, Schuyler, and Steuben counties has all made statements rejecting all or part of the SAFE Act. Albany has also received resolutions from sixteen municipalities from around the state seeking the law’s repeal.
This is on the eve of the 2nd Amendment – Civil Rights protest in Albany scheduled for Feb 28 at noon. Groups from around the state have chartered buses to bring gun rights advocates to the state capital to pressure Governor Cuomo and the lawmakers to repeal the unpopular law. One group, SCOPE, has sponsored approximately 35 buses from Buffalo to Syracuse and the North Country.
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