Town of Lockport resolution calling for repeal of the NY SAFE Act


WHEREAS, the New York State Legislature recently enacted and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law The New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013 (” NY SAFE ACT”), and

WHEREAS, said legislation is problematic in the eyes of the Lockport Town Board, as said ACT would seem to infringe upon the rights of the citizens of the State of New York, and

WHEREAS, as the NY SAFE ACT was adopted after minimal public discussion and input from stakeholders such as private-sector businesses, hunter safety groups, the Shooters Committee on Political Education( SCOPE), the National Rifle Association, the New York State Rife and Pistol Association, various conservation federations across the state, private citizens, and the law enforcement community, as evidenced by flaws in the law, most notably that police officers are not exempted from its restrictions on firearms and ammunition that are necessary to defend against crime, and after having been available for review by the members of the New York State Legislature for only a few hours, and

WHEREAS, the County of Niagara is home to a thriving sporting industry, as evidenced by the presence of the Fin- Feather-Fur Conservation Society, the Hartland Conservation Club, the Iroquois Arms Collectors Association, the Lake Ontario Trout& Salmon Association, the LaSalle Sportmen’ s Club, the Lockport Conservation Club, the Middleport Rod& Gun Club, the N. Y. S. Crossbow Hunter’s Association, the Niagara County Chapter of SCOPE, the Niagara County Gobblers Chapter NWTF, the Niagara County Sportmen’s Association, the Niagara County Trappers Association, the Niagara Musky Association, the Niagara Frontier Friends of the NRA, the Niagara Rivers Anglers Association, the North American Bear Foundation, the North Forest Rod& Gun Club, the Pheasants Forever of WNY# 29— Pioneer Conservation Sportmen’ s of Niagara County, the Rapids Rod& Gun Club, the Somerset Conservation Club, the Tonawanda Sportmen’ s Club, the Wheatfield Firearms Safety&Education Committee, the Wilson Conservation Club Auxiliary, the Wilson Conservation Club, and the Wolcottsville Rod&Gun Club, among others, and

WHEREAS, the Legislature of the County of Niagara has called upon Governor Cuomo, the New York State Assembly, and the New York State Senate to immediately repeal the NY SAFE ACT, and to re-establish open dialogue with the public, inclusive of representatives from stakeholders such as those groups listed above, be it

RESOLVED, that the Town Board of the Town of Lockport, Niagara County, does hereby support the Niagara County Legislature in its effort to call upon Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature to immediately repeal the NYS SAFE ACT, and to re-establish open dialogue with the public, inclusive of representatives of the stakeholders such as the groups listed above, and

RESOLVED, that the Town Board of the Town of Lockport, Niagara County, shall forward copies of this Resolution to the Niagara County Legislature; to Governor Cuomo; Senate Vice President Pro Tern George D. Maziarz; Senate Temporary President Dean G. Skelos; Senate Deputy Majority Leader Thomas W. Libous; Member of the Assembly Jane L. Corwin; Member of the Assembly John D. Ceretto; Member of the Assembly Ray Walter; Member of the Assembly Stephen Hawley; Member of the Assembly Robin Schimminger; Speaker of the Assembly Sheldon Silver; Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle; Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb; President Barack H. Obama; U. S. Senator Charles E. Schumer; U. S. Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand; U. S. Rep. Chris Collins; U. S. Rep. Brian M. Higgins; the New York State Association of Towns; the Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs; the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association; the Board of Directors of SCOPE; the Remington Arms Company, LLC; the Kahr Arms Company; Kimber America; and all others deemed necessary.

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