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Sullivan County Legislature passes resolution to repeal New York’s gun law

The Sullivan County Legislature approved a resolution calling for a repeal of New York’s SAFE Act gun-control measure on a day when more than 200 gun-rights supporters swarmed Government Center for a noon rally.

Many of those at the rally stayed to watch the Legislature unanimously support repeal of the law.

Legislators Gene Benson and Cora Edwards introduced Sullivan’s repeal resolution, which is similar to resolutions passed around the state, including in Ulster County.

“I swore to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America and the Constitution of the state of New York,” Benson told the crowd that rallied outside Government Center’s south entrance. “We the people are at the bottom. We have to let the people at the top know where we stand.”

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Sullivan legislator to test support for backing gun-law repeal

Benson said he will test the waters when the Legislature meets on Thursday. Since the passage of the state’s SAFE Act, constituents have been calling him to denounce the legislation as unnecessary and an infringement on Second Amendment rights, he said.

“They think it’s a ridiculous law and we didn’t need it,” he said. “They thought there were enough laws on the books, and they (the state) should enforce the laws that they have.”

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