Schuyler County resolution opposing NY SAFE act

Below is the resolution presented to the County Legislature

RE: RESOLUTION OPPOSING THE NEW YORK SECURE AMMUNITION AND FIREARMS ENFORCEMENT ACT OF 2013

WHEREAS, this Legislative Body has long advocated for the protection of the rights afforded our citizens under the Constitution, which has for generations guided our Nation and served as a framework to our democracy and society; and

WHEREAS, The Second Amendment of the United States provides for the “right of the people to keep and bear arms” and further states that this right “shall not be infringed”; and

WHEREAS, members of the Schuyler County Legislature, being elected to represent the people of Schuyler 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 lawful ownership of firearms is a recreational benefit to our residents through hunting and target shooting, along with an economic and environmental benefit to our region with several locally owned and operated gun/sporting businesses; and

WHEREAS, the New York State Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013 which was rushed to passage by the New York State Senate, Assembly and Governor, will have a detrimental effect on hunters, sportsmen and legal gun owners, creating a hostile environment both for them and for the sale and manufacture of legal firearms;

WHEREAS, the legislation prohibits the sale of firearm magazines with a capacity larger than seven (7) rounds and, those firearm magazines with a capacity larger than seven (7) rounds, which are authorized to be retained by existing owners, may only be loaded with seven (7) rounds and eventually must be permanently altered to only accept seven (7) rounds or be disposed of; and

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

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

WHEREAS, the 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 Schuyler County Legislature finds encouraging, such as the strengthening of Kendra’s Law and Marks’s Law, as well as privacy protections for lawful permit holders, we find the legislation fails to offer little meaningful solutions to gun violence and places undo burdens where they don’t belong, squarely on the backs of law abiding citizens; and

WHEREAS, there are many parts of this legislation that place an unfunded mandate on the local Sheriff Departments, County Clerks Office and County Judges, while tax payers are crying out relief; and

WHEREAS, there will be significant financial impact due to the approximately 3300 Schuyler County pistol permits that will have to be renewed requiring additional manpower and computer systems; and

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

WHEREAS, this legislation effectively treats countless New York State law abiding gun owners as criminals; and

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

WHEREAS, the manner in which this legislation was brought forward for vote in the State Legislature is deeply disturbing to the Schuyler County Legislature;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Schuyler County Legislature does hereby oppose the enactment of the New York State Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013 because it fundamentally alters or abridges the right to keep and bear arms without addressing the problems of gun violence; and, be it further

RESOLVED, that this Legislature hereby calls upon the New York State Legislature and Governor to set aside and annul this ill conceived and poorly drafted statute which abridges the rights of law abiding citizens of the State of New York; and further be it

RESOLVED, that the Schuyler County Legislature opposes any effort by the New York State Legislature to bundle together stricter gun control efforts with legislation that would exempt the records pertaining to handgun permit holders from disclosure under NYS Freedom of Information Law; and further be it

RESOLVED, that certified copies of this Resolution be forwarded to the Governor of the State of New York, Senator Thomas O’Mara, Assemblyman Philip Palmesano and the New York State Association of Counties.

6 Responses to Schuyler County resolution opposing NY SAFE act

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  2. This abridgment/RAPE of New Yorkers 2nd Amendment Rights is nothing more than cuomo starting his run for President in 2016 and should be repealed in it’s entirety ASAP!

    Fracking has taken months to come up for a vote because cuomo said it is SOOOO important we have to get it right!

    Yet taking AWAY our RIGHT is passed overnight, in the dark, behind closed doors…

    What;s wrong with this picture???

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  6. Laurie Murray

    Good for you Seneca County! Your representatives are doing their job to defend your God-given rights to defend your lives, liberty, and property. They are honoring their oath to defend and uphold the Constitution. Too bad the representatives in Tompkins County didn’t feel to do likewise. Their arrogance, ignorance, and betrayal of principles of freedom is glaring and shameful. If they can’t see fit to defend my liberties, I can’t see fit to re-elect the traitors and cowards.

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