Town of Steuben, NY Resolution Opposing NY SAFE
RESOLUTION Re: NY SAFE ACT OF 2013
Introduced by the Steuben Town Planning Board and unanimously approved and passed by the Steuben Town Board on March 13, 2013.
WHEREAS the Town of Steuben, being a peaceful, lawful town with a proud history of the founding of this nation and the founding fathers of this country as well as the home to and the final resting place of Friedrich Wilhelm August Heinrich Ferdinand von Steuben, who served as inspector general and Major General of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War and as General George Washington’s chief of staff in the final years of the war.
WHEREAS, the New York State Legislature recently enacted and Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the New York State Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013 (NY SAFE ACT) and
WHEREAS, the Governor Andrew Cuomo enacted said law swiftly and without regard of the concerns or opinions of the Citizens of NY State and
WHEREAS, the haste of our State Legislature and Governor passing this Law has resulted in a Law which is flawed and affects our State and local Law enforcement officers in performing their duties and
WHEREAS, the NY SAFE ACT is in direct contradiction of our rights under the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America and limits the rights of the Citizens of NY State to protect themselves as allowed under this Constitution from this very type of tyranny and
WHEREAS, the definition of Assault Weapons as pertained in the NY SAFE ACT of 2013 is opinionated and without merit and
WHEREAS, the Statistical history of murders committed in NY State show this Law would have little or no effect on saving lives and
WHEREAS, this Law affects the rights of thousands of Honest Law Abiding Citizens that own and use the Firearms that this Law would make illegal and cause for mandatory registration of Firearms and or Magazines that have been used for many years by the citizens of NY State without incident and in fact be punishing these Law Abiding Citizens for fear of the actions of a few and
WHEREAS the Town of Steuben is a rural town and retail ammunition is not generally available, the extreme, unnecessary and uncommon measures to control the sale of ammunition, especially common and widely available internet sales, will cause great hardship and costs to our residents and community who pursue trap shooting, formal and informal target shooting and hunting.
WHEREAS, this law will have no effect on the Criminally Insane or the people of this State or elsewhere that wish to do harm onto others with the use of a Firearm as a weapon as there is no regard for Laws, Regulations, or Loss of Life now when a Crime is committed with a unlawful Firearm.
SO BE IT RESOLVED that the Town of Steuben Town Board respectfully submit to the Governor of the State of New York Andrew Cuomo to repeal the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013 (NY SAFE ACT) and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this Resolution be sent to our Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente, Oneida County Legislator Les Porter, Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol, NY State Senator Joseph Griffo, Assemblyman Marc Butler, US Senator Charles Schumer, US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and NYS Assembly Leader Sheldon Silver, and Minority Leader Brian Kolb, NYS State Senate Leaders Dean Skelos and Jeffrey Kline and Congressman Richard Hanna and the NY Association of Towns.
APPROVED by a unanimous vote of the Steuben Town Board at a regular scheduled meeting conducted on the 13th day of March in the year two thousand and thirteen.
The vote of the Steuben Town Board was as follows: Councilman Ronald Rotach-yes; Councilman Gordon Smith-yes; Councilman Troy Finn-yes; Councilwoman Janet Broadbent-yes; Town Supervsior Harry Landman-yes.
CERTIFIED by Christina Anken, Steuben Town Clerk
March 13, 2013