Monthly Archives: June 2013

Town of Hamburg resolution calling for suspension of the NY SAFE act

WHEREAS, On January 14th, 2013 a Gun Control Bill known as NY SAFE Act was rushed through the Senate & Assembly without a single Public hearing or input from the various Law enforcement agencies located around our State, and

WHEREAS, Even the State lawmakers did not have time to review the bill as presented leaving questions about implementation and regulation of this new law, and

WHEREAS, This law should focus on increasing penalties for criminals who use firearms to harm and threaten law abiding citizens and address the issues of mental illness related to violence, and

WHEREAS, the Hamburg Town Board recognizes that NY SAFE Act must be repealed and any further attempts to pass gun control legislation must go through the proper procedures and must allow for appropriate public comment.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Hamburg Town Board urgently asks Governor Andrew M. Cuomo & the Legislative leaders to suspend this law as soon as possible and to look at all of the aspects of gun control using the proper legal procedure to bring about a law that will address gun control in a more logical manner, focusing on the real issues related to gun control – a law that will strengthen the effect on public safety and not infringe upon our constitutional rights.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a certified copy of this resolution be forwarded to: Honorable Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Honorable Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, Majority Leader of Independent Democratic Caucus Jeff Klein, Honorable Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Honorable Speaker of the Assembly Sheldon Silver, Honorable Leader of the Assembly Joseph Morelle, Honorable Minority Leader of the Assembly Brian Kolb, Senator Mark Grisanti, Assemblyman Sean Ryan and the rest of the Western New York Delegation.

Ayes 3 Walters, Collins, Ziegler
Noes 0

Batavia City Council Passes Resolution Calling for the Repeal of the SAFE Act of 2013

On June 10th, the Batavia City Council passed a Resolution Calling for the Repeal of the SAFE Act of 2013 by a vote of 7 to 2.

The two council members that voted against the resolution stated that they felt that there were parts of the legislation that they agreed with and, therefore, could not support a repeal.

One councilwoman, Rose Mary Christian, said that she had been on the fence until the Boston Massacre. She noted that the Boston terrorists committed their horrific act with bombs and that legislation like this would not have prevented it. She also commented that council members did swear an oath to uphold the Constitution.

Batavia City Council Resolution

Batavia City Resolution p. 2

Town of Barton resolution opposing mandatory gun owner insurance



WHEREAS, there is currently pending in the NYS Assembly Bill No. A3908-2013 and NYS Senate Bill no. S3853-2013 which will require owners of firearms to obtain liability insurance in an amount not less than $1 million dollars: and

WHEREAS, said proposed legislation has been referred to the Assembly Legislative Committee on Insurance; and

WHEREAS, the proposed legislation constitutes nothing more than a back door attempt to prohibit legal gun ownership in this State; and

WHEREAS, such mandatory insurance coverage would accomplish nothing more than to burden responsible, law abiding taxpayers while doing nothing to prevent the perpetrators of criminal acts involving guns; and

WHEREAS, it is constitutionally impermissible to require citizens to obtain liability insurance to exercise their rights under the 2nd amendment; and

WHEREAS, the only predictable outcome of the passage of this law is an increase in profits to insurance companies; and

NOW THEREFORE, upon a motion by Councilperson Donald Foster Seconded by Councilperson Tryon and carried It is hereby,

RESOLVED, that the Town Board of the Town of Barton strongly opposes any attempt to mandate gun owners to buy liability insurance; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Town Board of the Town of Barton requests the members of the New York State Senate and Assembly who represent all, or part of the Town of Barton to reply, in writing, with their views on, and actions taken, in support of, or opposition to the proposed gun insurance bill; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be sent to President Barack Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden, Senator Charles Schumer, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Congressman Tom Reed, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator Tom Libous and Assemblyman Chris Friend and The New York State association of Counties

Roll Call Vote:
Supervisor Leon Cary
Councilperson John Tryon
Councilperson James Pratt
Councilperson Donald Foster
Councilperson Kevin Everly