On Monday September 9th, the Lyndonville Village Board became the 14th Orleans County municipality to pass a resolution against the ‘un’SAFE Act. The resolution passed unanimously.
This makes Orleans County the 1st county in New York State to have all municipalities voice their opposition to the SAFE Act by passing a resolution.
This is a great achievement and it is hoped that other counties will soon be able to share the same distinction.
On Monday September 9th, the Medina Village Board unanimously passed a resolution against the NY SAFE Act. It is the 13th Orleans County municipality to pass a resolution.
The SAFE Act adds a new requirement that when someone dies all firearms must be reported on a separate inventory from and be filed with the Division of Criminal Justice Services as well as with the court. See below for a copy of the inventory form:
Surrogate Court by Evan Hempel
Repeal ‘SAFE’ Act
The delegate body overwhelmingly approved a resolution urging the New York State Legislature to repeal the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act. Hoping to ensure that veterans ceremonies involving weapons were not in violation of the law, the resolution passed with a thundering roar of “ayes.” The resolution claims the gun control act goes too far and violates the Second Amendment Rights of veterans, and also urges police departments to respect veterans rights to own firearms of their choice.
NYAPRS Note: Concerns continue to be raised with the NY SAFE Act’s mental health reporting requirements. Here are North Country pieces that include concerns raised by Clinton County Community Services Director Sherrie Gillette, BHSN’s Peter Trout, who also serves on NYAPRS’ Executive Committee and by staff from NYAPRS and the Mental Health Empowerment Project.
Mental-Health Agencies Eye New Gun Law
By Felicia Krieg Plattsburth Press-Republican<http://pressrepublican.com/> June 18, 2013
PLATTSBURGH – While local mental-health providers comply with the dictates of New York’s new gun law, some feel serious concern about it.
The NY SAFE Act added section 9.46 to the state’s Mental Hygiene Law, which, as of March 16, made it mandatory that physicians, psychologists, registered nurses and licensed clinical social workers report patients who are “likely to engage in conduct that would result in serious harm to self or others.”
“I’m really concerned that people will become fearful about coming to services or maybe won’t access services … or they may be less forthcoming with clinician,” said Sherrie Gillette, director of community services at Clinton County Mental Heath and Addiction Services.
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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.
An upstate New York prosecutor told Human Events he will not go after an individual for a misdemeanor violation of the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, signed into law on Jan. 15, in an extraordinary two-minute-drill session of the state’s legislature.
“As I do in all cases, I considered all of the circumstances surrounding the summons,” said Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka.
In determining which charges to prosecute, Czajka said he looks at the seriousness and nature of the crime together with the history of the defendant as well as enumerable other circumstances. “I determined that it was best to exercise prosecutorial discretion and decline prosecution on the charge of unlawful possession of ammunition device.”
The troopers charged Dean with having nine bullets in the magazine of his firearm, he said. “Under the new law, seven is the maximum.”
The controversy over the SAFE act has not lessoned, said Columbia County resident Evan Hempel. “There is a certain amount of enthusiasm to undo this law.”
Hempel who is a computer programmer for IBM created a website dedicated to compiling New York Town and County resolutions both for and against the SAFE act.
“To date, 52 out of the 62 counties have entered into resolutions in opposition to the SAFE act,” he said.
“We are keeping people in the loop as election season rolls around,” he said.
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Full story on NY2A Grassroots Coalition
The chorus of law enforcement agencies, unions, individual officers and other representatives opposed to the NY SAFE Act grows louder each week.
And it isn’t just upstate voices singing that song. One of the latest additions to the choir is Thomas Tatarian, president of the Suffolk County Police Conference.
Full story on NY2A Grassroots Coalition
Last Thursday’s monthly meeting of the Jefferson Town Board began with the reading of a letter from community member Hans Hall encouraging board members to represent the people of Jefferson and send a letter to the governor opposing the SAFE Act. Hall’s call for action in opposing the controversial new law was supported by a petition submitted by Marc Lawrence, which included the signatures 93 Jefferson residents.
Supervisor Dan Singletary said he agreed with Hall’s opinion and those of the residents who signed the petition opposing the law and believed the town should join other municipalities in calling for its repeal. He suggested the town board approve a similar resolution to the one passed by the Schoharie County Board of Supervisors in February, opposing the process of enactment and certain provisions contained within the new law.
Board members unanimously voted in favor of passing a resolution supporting the one passed at the county level. Singletary said that resolution would be completed this week and sent to the county and all elected town representatives, both at the state and federal level.
Schoharie County resolution
SAFE ACT: Supervisor Wadsworth handed out the latest updates to the SAFE Act to the Board. Councilwoman Irwin asked if other Towns in the county were moving slowly on this. Supervisor Wadsworth said that yes, they were; our surrounding Towns were taking their time to review and alter the SAFE Act. Councilman Wrubel corrected a spelling error, adding an “e” to the word ”infringe” in paragraph two and also capitalizing the “T” in the word “This”, also in paragraph two. Councilman Taylor moved and Councilwoman Irwin seconded the motion to approve the corrections and alterations of the SAFE Act and to adopt the Act as presented. Motion passed with voting as follows: Wadsworth-aye; Taylor-aye;Wrubel-aye; Irwin-aye. Nays: None.
Meeting minutes [pdf]…