SAFE Act resolution to get full Tompkins Legislature vote

 County lawmakers seeking amendments to N.Y. gun control law

At a special meeting Wednesday night, the lawmakers in attendance from the Public Safety Committee voted to send a resolution introduced by Mike Lane, D-Dryden, to the full legislature.

Lane’s resolution asks the state to solicit concerns about the gun control law from the public, analyze recommendations they receive and consider changes to the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act to eliminate provisions that are unlikely to decrease gun violence and likely to burden law-abiding gun owners.

Like other county meetings on the topic, Wednesday’s event was packed beyond capacity. During public comments, more speakers came out against the NY SAFE Act than in favor of it, but there were a range of opinions expressed.

County lawmakers spent the rest of the meeting discussing different positions the municipality could take on the law.

Though the legislature is controlled by a strong Democratic majority, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have discussed amendments they would like to see.

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