RESOLUTION AFFIRMING SUPPORT FOR THE SECOND AMENDMENT OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION
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, the Town Board of the Town of Schaghticoke advocates for protection of the rights afforded to citizens under the Constitution; and
WHEREAS, the New York State Legislature has recently adopted legislation (NY SAFE Act) proposed by the Governor to curtail these rights through the enactment of various anti-gun measures that will significantly impact legal gun owners and various businesses and suppliers of guns and related supplies and equipment; and
WHEREAS, this legislation will affect the rights of the many law-abiding gun owners in the Town of Schaghticoke and New York State who are granted the right to keep and bear arms under the Constitution; and
WHEREAS, the Town of Schaghticoke Town Board believes there are many other less intrusive means available other than inarticulately drafted firearms laws that would effectively control, manage and reduce violence in our society, such as, mental health reforms, enforcement of existing firearm laws to the fullest extent possible, and proper psychological counseling for those in need or who request it;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Town Board of the Town of Schaghticoke does hereby oppose the enactment of any legislation that would infringe upon the Right of the People to keep and bear arms and consider such laws to be unnecessary and beyond lawful legislative authority granted to our State representatives,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator Kathy Marchione and Assemblyman Steven McLaughlin.