The Hartland Town Board unanimously passed a resolution against the SAFE Act on February 14th, 2013. The Board states in the resolution, “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 the Town of Hartland, Niagara County, New York.”Town of Hartland #14914 Feb 2013http://townofhartland.org/content/MinuteCategories/View/21:field=minutes;/content/Minutes/View/21February 14, 2013
The regular meeting of the Town of Hartland, County of Niagara, State of New York, was held on the above date at the Town Hall, 8942 Ridge Road, Gasport convening at 7:30 p.m.Members present:Supervisor: W. Ross AnnableCouncilman: F. David SnyderDaniel HillJoseph ReedBrian GrossAttorney: Daniel SeamanHwy. /Water Sup’t. Keith HurtgamHwy. Admin. Asst.: Janet SlackAttended by: Sign in sheet attachedSupervisor Annable called the meeting to order with all present standing for the pledge to the flag.Repeal of SAFE Gun LawRESOLUTION 51-2013WHEREAS, 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 under the Constitution of the State of New York, andWHEREAS, 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 the Town of Hartland, Niagara County, New York, andWHEREAS, the Hartland Town Board, being elected to represent the People of Hartland and being duly sworn by their Oath of Office to uphold the United States Constitution and the Constitution of the State of New York and,WHEREAS, legislation passed by the New York State Assembly and Senate infringes on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and would ban the possession and use of firearms now employed by individual citizens of the Town of Hartland, for defense of Life, Liberty and Property and would ban the possession and use of firearms now employed for safe forms of firearms recreation, hunting, and shooting conducted within the Town of Hartland, Niagara County, New York.WHEREAS, the Hartland Town Board believes there are many other less intrusive means available, other than rash, confusing and inarticulately drafted firearms laws that would effectively control, manage, and reduce violence in our society, such as, mental health reforms, anti-bullying programs for schools, enforcement of existing firearms laws to the fullest extent possible, and proper psychological counseling for those in need or who request it.NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED that the Hartland Town Board 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 representative, as there is no documented correlation between gun control measures and crime reduction.-8-February 14, 2013BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to President Barack Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden, Senator Charles Schumer, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand,Congressman Chris Collins, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator George Maziarz, Assemblywoman Jane Corwin, and Assemblyman John Ceretto.MOTION by Supervisor W. Ross Annable, seconded by Councilman Joseph A. Reed to approve the resolution, opposing the enactment of the SAFE gun control law issued by Governor Andrew CuomoAyes: 5 Nays: 0 ADOPTED
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