Monthly Archives: January 2013

Herkimer County resolution opposing NY SAFE



WHEREAS, the right to bear arms is guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, as well as the Civil Rights Law of the State of New York; and


WHEREAS, the New York State Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013 which was rushed to passage by the New York State Senate, Assembly and Governor, will have a detrimental effect on hunters, sportsmen and legal gun owners, as well as the Remington Arms Company; and


WHEREAS, this legislation imposes burdensome new regulations upon law abiding gun owners and will curtail the rights of law abiding citizens of this State; and


WHEREAS, this legislation, while denying the rights of law abiding citizens, fails to address the problem of acts of violence perpetrated by criminals and those who are dangerously mentally ill; and


WHEREAS, this legislation creates an environment in the state which is hostile to gun manufacture and ownership; and


WHEREAS, Remington Arms Company is a major employer in Upstate New York, and a significant manufacturing success story in recent years; and a company which the Herkimer County Legislature has been proud to support, and will continue to support; now, therefore, be it


RESOLVED, that the Herkimer County Legislature does hereby oppose the enactment of the New York State Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013 because it fundamentally alters or abridges the right to keep and bear arms without addressing the problems of gun violence; and, be it further


RESOLVED, that this Legislature hereby calls upon the New York State Legislature and Governor to set aside and annul this ill conceived and poorly drafted statute which abridges the rights of law abiding citizens of the State of New York; and, be it further


RESOLVED, that certified copies of this Resolution be forwarded to the Governor of the State of New York, Senator James L. Seward, Senator Hugh T. Farley, Assemblyman Marc W. Butler, Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, Assemblyman Anthony J. Brindisi and the New York State Association of Counties.


Dated: January 23, 2013.







Committee on Public Safety and

Emergency Management

Herkimer Co. Legislature opposes state’s new gun law

Last week, the state Legislature passed and Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the act that was pushed through in light of recent tragedies at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and first responder shooting deaths in Webster on Christmas Eve.

The [Herkimer County] resolution asserts that the firearms act “fundamentally alters or abridges the right to keep and bear arms without addressing the problems of gun violence.”

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Resolution text

Town of Deerpark resolution in support of the Second Amendment

Resolution 2 of 2013 Supporting Second Amendment

Resolution 2 of 2013 Supporting Second Amendment by Evan Hempel


Gun rights advocates overwhelm Ulster County Legislature session

Hundreds of Second Amendment supporters came out Tuesday night to the Ulster County Legislature meeting, to protest a resolution being considered by the Law Enforcement and Public Safety Committee. The proposal, which appears to have little support among legislators, sought to request Congress and the President to respond to December’s Sandy Hook shootings with unspecified legislation for further gun control.

So many members of the public attended, that the meeting room overflowed into the 6th floor corridor of the Ulster County Office Building in Kingston, filling the corridor tight with people from end to end. Fifty members of the public expressed their concerns during 2 ½ hours of public comment.

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Deerpark board condemns NY’s new gun legislation

Stacy Case, her bright, yellow “Don’t Tread On Me” flag curled beside her, openly wept with happiness as Deerpark Councilman David Dean read a resolution condemning New York’s newly passed gun legislation and expressing support for the Constitution’s Second Amendment — the one focusing on the right to bear arms.

The Deerpark Town Board meeting Tuesday night began with a solemn but nonobligatory prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. But it drew to a close with the board unanimously voting against the state’s new NY-SAFE gun legislation Tuesday night and a standing ovation from a crowd of about 30. “This is for the future, this is for my children, your children,” said Dean, who helped put together the resolution.

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Ulster County Legislator resolution supporting anti-gun agenda

The Ulster Co. Legislature has drafted a resolution which essentially
supports the Obama antigun agenda.

The resolution will be discussed at the Public Safety Committee
meeting on February 5 at 5:30pm at the Ulster County Law Enforcement Center, Rotunda, 380 Boulevard, Kingston.

Proposed Ulster Country resolution

Update: This resolution did NOT pass.

Schuyler County sheriff statement on NY SAFE act

I have heard from many people over the past few days regarding New York’s new gun law. I want to assure every resident of Schuyler County, that neither myself, nor any Deputy Sheriff from the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office will be coming to take your firearms from you. I believe in our rights under the Second Amendment, and the protections or our citizens under the Fourth Amendment. I do support portions of the new law such as penalties for killing our First Responders, and protecting our schools. This law was rushed through the State Legislature, without the time period needed for rebuttle and discussion by both sides of the issue. I hope that the way that this law was presented and passed, isn’t the new “norm” in Albany. I want to thank our local representatives Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano for voting “No” and protecting our rights.

Thank you. – Sheriff Bill Yessman

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Sheriff Bill Yessman also endorses the New York State Sheriff’s Association statement.

Town of Truxton resolution opposing NY SAFE act

Resolution passed on January 16th

Town of Truxton Resolution by Evan Hempel

News Mid-Hudson police officials say more restrictive gun, ammo laws won’t solve problem

The current debate about gun control is emotional, both locally and nationwide, but some area law-enforcement personnel say laws already in place are adequate.

They argue that law-abiding citizens are not the problem and that a person who wants to commit a crime will find a way to do so regardless of laws.

Ulster County Sheriff Paul Van Blarcum said the state already has laws prohibiting individuals from possessing fully automatic rifles, along with limitations on high-capacity magazines for ammunition. He said he does not believe there needs to be any change to current gun-control laws because it’s not the honest people who commit crimes.

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Ellenville mayor’s new gun resolution

ELLENVILLE — Ellenville Mayor Jeff Kaplan, who ignited a firestorm of opposition over a proposed gun ban in the village last month, has apologized for his proposal while also making a new proposal supporting increased gun restrictions.

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