Orleans County resolution opposing the NY SAFE Act

The following resolution was passed by the Orleans County Legislature on February 13, 2013



WHEREAS, the right of the people to keep and bear arms is guaranteed as an individual right under the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution; and

WHEREAS, the right of the people to keep and bear arms for defense of life, liberty, and property is regarded as an inalienable right by the people of Orleans County; and

WHEREAS, the lawful ownership of firearms is, and has been, a valued tradition in Orleans County, and the rights protected by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution are exercised by many of our residents; and

WHEREAS, the people of Orleans County derive economic and environmental benefits from all safe forms of recreation involving firearms, including, but not limited to, hunting and target shooting while utilizing all types of firearms available under the Constitution of the United States; and

WHEREAS, members of the Orleans County Legislature, being elected to represent the people of Orleans County, are duly sworn by their oath of office to uphold the Constitution of the United States; and

WHEREAS, members of the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate, being elected by the people of New York State, are duly sworn by their oath of office to uphold the Constitution of the United States; and

WHEREAS, the enactment of the NY SAFE Act (Chapter 1 of the Laws of 2013) has engendered significant controversy over both the process by which it was enacted and certain provisions contained within it; and

WHEREAS, it is our understanding that many State Legislators had less than an hour to read the legislation, which contained approximately twenty-five thousand words, before being forced to vote on it; and

WHEREAS, having reviewed the legislation and time constraints, it is our conclusion that there is no possible way any individual could have read the entire bill and understood its full implications prior to voting on it; and

WHEREAS, our State Legislators most certainly could not have had the time to request, and receive, the input of their constituents regarding this matter; and

WHEREAS, seeking and considering, such public input is a standard to which we hold ourselves in the Orleans County Legislature; and

WHEREAS, this legislation has 60 sections, of which only three take effect immediately; and

WHEREAS, in our opinion, there was no reason for the Governor to use a message of necessity to bring this bill to vote immediately and bypass the three day maturing process for all legislation; and

WHEREAS, the mishandling of the process in crafting the NY SAFE Act resulted in complex policy changes, many of which have been left up to interpretation, and are confusing even to the State Legislators who voted on them, and the law enforcement officials who are required to enforce and explain them; and

WHEREAS, requiring law-abiding gun owners to verify ownership of certain types of firearms every five years, in addition to registering them on their permits, which now also must be renewed every 5 years, does not increase the safety of the public and is unnecessarily burdensome to the residents of New York State; and

WHEREAS, there will be a significant financial impact due to the approximately 5,300 Orleans County permits that will have to be renewed requiring additional manpower and computer systems; and

WHEREAS, this legislation prohibits the sale of firearm magazines with a capacity larger than seven rounds; and

WHEREAS, those firearm magazines with a capacity larger than seven rounds, which are authorized to be retained by existing owners, may only be loaded with seven rounds and eventually must be permanently altered to only accept seven rounds or be disposed of, thus constituting a seizure of legally owned personal property with no provision for compensation; and

WHEREAS, few or no low capacity (7 rounds or less) magazines currently exist for many of the firearms commonly possessed by law-abiding residents of New York State; and

WHEREAS, limiting the number of rounds to seven versus ten is arbitrary and capricious, has no correlation to public safety, unfairly burdens law-abiding gun owners, and puts an undue burden on gun manufacturers to retool their manufacturing plants; and

WHEREAS, the only persons who will comply with the new high-capacity magazine ban are law-abiding citizens, leaving the same high-capacity magazines in the hands of those who choose not to obey the law; and

WHEREAS, requiring documentation of all ammunition sales in New York State, as provided for in this legislation, is a significant unfunded mandate on business; and

WHEREAS, the New York State Combined Ballistic Identification System, which wasted $44 million in taxpayer money and resulted in zero convictions, illustrates the propensity of government to waste taxpayer resources when legislation is not properly reviewed; and

WHEREAS, Governor Cuomo has proposed spending $36 million dollars in his 2013-2014 Executive budget for the implementation of the NY SAFE Act at a time when New York State residents are crying out for tax relief; and

WHEREAS, this legislation severely impacts the possession and use of firearms now employed by the residents of Orleans County for defense of life, liberty, and property; and

WHEREAS, this legislation severely impacts the possession and use of firearms now employed for safe forms of recreation including, but not limited to, hunting and target shooting; and

WHEREAS, while there are some areas of the legislation that the Orleans County Legislature finds encouraging, such as addressing glaring shortcomings in the mental health system, the strengthening of Kendra’s Law and Mark’s law, as well as privacy protections for certain pistol permit holders, by-and-large, we find the legislation does little more than negatively impact lawful gun ownership; and

WHEREAS, this legislation fails to offer any meaningful solutions to gun violence and places increased burdens where they do not belong, squarely on the backs of law-abiding citizens; and

WHEREAS, this legislation effectively turns countless New York State law-abiding gun owners into criminals; and

WHEREAS, the manner in which this legislation was brought forward for vote in the State Legislature is deeply disturbing to the Orleans County Legislature; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, that the Orleans County Legislature does hereby oppose, and request the repeal of, any legislation, including the sections within the NY SAFE Act (Chapter1 of the Laws of 2013), which infringe upon the right of the people to keep and bear arms; and be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Orleans County Legislature considers such laws to be unnecessary and beyond lawful legislative authority granted to our State representatives; and be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Orleans County Legislature strongly encourages members of the New York State Legislature to hold public hearings to address the issue of gun violence in a way that will produce meaningful results; and be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Orleans County Legislature requests the members of the New York State Senate and Assembly who represent all, or part of, Orleans County to reply, in writing, with their views on, and actions taken, in support of, or opposition to, the NY SAFE Act; and be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be sent to President Barack Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator Charles Schumer, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Congressman Chris Collins, New York State Senator George Maziarz, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, New York State Assembly members Steve Hawley and Jane Corwin, NYSAC, InterCounty of Western New York and all other deemed necessary and proper.

Moved, Johnson; second, Unanimous.

Adopted.  6 ayes; 0 nays;1 absent, Allport.

31 responses to “Orleans County resolution opposing the NY SAFE Act

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  3. Thank you Orleans County!

  4. Thank you so much for standing up our constitutional rights. Now it’s gun control,what’s next? I just hate that what we legally have a right to own is being taken away. They should concentrate on the mental problems people have. But that issue has been swept under the rug, until the next time a mental deranged person commits a haneous act.

  5. Thank you for standing up for our gun rights, I disagree with 90 percent of Cuomo laws.

  6. Thank you Orleans County!
    I think 90 percent of the people disagree with 90 percent of Cuomo’s laws.

  7. its about time we stand together, what i see is that we are loosing our rights in this country we call america

  8. Thank You for standing up for our constitutional rights! People need to start thinking About the big picture and Where all of this leads to…

  9. Thank you Orleans county for helping us stay in business. We love this little town and this county for all you have done to help us grow and support safe hunting and sports shooting.

  10. It’s about time! Way to step up Orleans Co!

  11. Way to go Orleans County ! Thank you for “Stick(ing) to Your Guns”…

  12. very proud of ORLEANS co. this week . we all need to stand up to the gov.

  13. Thank you…..finally some sensability

  14. Sweet! Well done Orleans County, makes me feel proud to live here. So, when this law fails just remember the names of those who are pushing to pass the law and when its time for reelection lets vote them out.

  15. Kermit R. Mercer

    Thank you. The members of the Orlean County Legislature.
    Every important issue was covered in a senseable manner, clearly and firmly.
    It is very difficult, almost impossible to control disturbed, angry persons with weapons and drunks on the road in automobiles and pickups.
    You, Legislators have put common sense back where it belongs.

  16. Thank u to Orleans county,it seems the chips are always stacked against us as far as government interference. The US government as gone to far this time,soon they will be telling us what color we can paint our homes.thank u taking actions on behalf of the lawful gun owners.

  17. Thank you Orleans county!

  18. It’s good to see that Orleans County has the backbone to stand for what is right, even when a minority controls the vote and a majority remains silent, we won’t! Thank you for restoring my faith in NY!

  19. Well done. This is a fair and accurate representation of the constituency of this County. We appreciate your efforts to uphold constitutional freedoms and consider the people in policy making. We pledge to remember your efforts when it is time to vote!

  20. Finally someone standing up for what is right! Glad to live in Orleans County!!!

  21. Way to go Orleans County!! Thank you for doing the right thing!

  22. Thank you Orleans County for standing up for our rights!!!!!!! Could not have said it better myself.

  23. Way to go Orleans county. Thank you.

  24. I have never been more proud to say “I am from Orleans County”.

  25. Thank you to my Orleans County Legislators for taking a stand along with all county residents against this extremely oppressive proposed legislation by our Governor. I am proud to be a Orleans County resident and employee. WELL DONE !

  26. Thank you so much Orleans County. We concur on your stand against the
    “NYS SAFE ACT”. Please continue to protect our second amendment

  27. Thanks for standing up for the rights of the good people of the county and the state.

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  29. I am sick of these big city politicians telling us how we will live our lives!
    Thank you Orlean County Legislators for standing up to the all powerfull. We the People have your back!

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