The Village of Albion is the latest Orleans County municipality to pass a resolution against the SAFE Act. The resolution was adopted by the village on July 24th, 2013.
As of August 7th, there are only three municipalities left within Orleans County that have not yet passed a resolution against the SAFE Act..
RESOLUTION 2013-7 OF THE VILLAGE OF ALBION OPPOSING THE PROCESS OF ENACTMENT AND REQUESTING REPEALING OF THE NEW YORK SECURE AMMUNITION AND FIREARMS ENFORCEMENT (SAFE) ACT
WHEREAS, 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,
WHEREAS, 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 Village of Albion; and,
WHEREAS, the lawful ownership of firearms is, and has been, a valued tradition in Albion, and the rights protected by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution are exercised by many of our residents; and,
WHEREAS, the people of the Village of Albion and the State of New York derive economic and environmental benefits from all safe forms of recreation involving firearms, including, but not limited to, hunting and target shooting while utilizing all types of firearms available under the Constitution of the United States; and,
WHEREAS, the enactment of the NY SAFE Act (Chapter 1 of Laws of 2013) has prompted significant debate over both the process by which it was enacted and certain provisions contained within it; and,
WHEREAS, having reviewed the legislation and severely restrictive time constraints under which it was passed, it is our conclusion that there is no possible way any individual could read the entire bill and understand its full implications prior to voting on it; and,
WHEREAS, our state legislators most certainly did not have the time to request, and receive, the input of their constituents regarding this matter; and,
WHEREAS, there will be a significant financial impact due to the permits that will have to be renewed requiring additional manpower and computer systems their associated expense; and,
WHEREAS, Governor Cuomo has proposed spending $36 million dollars in his 2013-2014 Executive Budget for the implementation of the NY SAFE Act at a time when New York State residents are crying out for tax relief; and,
WHEREAS, this legislation severely impacts the possession and use of firearms now employed for defense of life, liberty, and property; and,
WHEREAS, this legislation severely impacts the possession and use of firearms now employed for forms of recreation including, but not limited to, hunting and target shooting; and,
WHEREAS, we find the legislation does little more than negatively impact lawful gun ownership.
NOW, BE IT RESOLVED, that, the Village of Albion does hereby oppose, and request the repeal of any legislation, including the sections within the NY SAFE Act (Chapter 1 of the Laws of 2013), which infringe upon the right of the people to keep and bear arms;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Village of Albion requests the members of New York State Senate and Assembly who represent all, or part of, Orleans County to reply, in writing, with their views on, and actions taken, in support of, or opposition to, the NY SAFE Act;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be sent to President Barack Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator Charles Schumer, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Congressman Chris Collins, New York State Senator George Maziarz, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, New York State Assembly member Steve Hawley, and all other individuals and/or entities deemed necessary and proper.
VILLAGE OF ALBION
STATE OF NEW YORK
I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct transcript of a resolution duly adopted by Village of Albion on the 24thday of July, 2013.
Linda K Babcock
Clerk-Treasurer, Village of Albion