Hamburg opposes state gun legislation

Hamburg Town Board members Monday night weighed in on two issues over which they have little control but their bully pulpit: New York State’s SAFE Act gun-control legislation and the proposal to build 128 apartment units off Roundtree Village.

Board members told a standing- room-only audience that spilled into hallways that they are watching developments in the proposal for the apartments and sympathize with Roundtree Village residents. But the parcel is zoned properly, and the Planning Board has the authority to approve or deny the plan.

On gun control, the Town Board called for the suspension of the state law until all aspects of gun control can be examined. The governor signed the controversial gun legislation into law in January after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Connecticut last December.

Sheriff Timothy Howard spoke out against the gun-control legislation. He said he opposes the law on the grounds it violates the Second Amendment, and he said there was no input from upstate interests or law enforcement.

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