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Wyoming County wants no role in SAFE Act

When state officials contact pistol permit holders about recertifications, they won’t be using Wyoming County imagery.

The county’s Board of Supervisors has denied permission for the state to use the county’s name, seal, letterhead or address during the process — or for any other purpose associated with the N.Y. SAFE Act.

“I guess at first it goes back to the county clerk and the sheriff,” said Chairman Douglas Berwanger. “That seal belongs to them when they take office. They do not support the SAFE Act, and each official brought their concerns to the committee.

“(This kind of measure) is not new to New York state,” Berwanger continued. “There are other counties that have done this, so we had that template to follow, and we passed it.”

Under the SAFE Act, handgun owners must now have their pistol permits recertified every five years. The permits were previously effective for a person’s lifetime, barring criminal behavior or similar disqualifiers.

The law has proven highly-controversial, especially in upstate and rural areas. Numerous Board of Supervisors members spoke against it this past February, before passing a resolution stating their opposition.

“Once again, if the state wants to be responsible for the SAFE Act, then they should put their name and seal on it, not Wyoming County’s,” Berwanger said. “ … It gives the impression the county condones the SAFE Act or accepts it, and that’s not the case.”

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Wyoming County resolution opposing NY SAFE act

Resolution number 35 on page 43 of attached county agenda.

Wyoming County Agenda

Wyoming County Agenda February 12th 2013 by Evan Hempel

Wyoming County supervisors call on NYS to repeal SAFE Act

By 15-1 vote, the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a resolution calling on New York State to repeal controversial gun control laws, contained in the SAFE Act.

“It’s got no teeth,” acknowledged Board of Supervisors Chairman A.D. Berwanger of Arcade, regarding what is a “memorializing resolution,” which has no power of law but does put the Board of Supervisors on the record as a body in opposition to the SAFE Act.

The measure, passed by state legislators as a part of a Message of Necessity from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was strongly criticized by lawmakers in the rural upstate county.

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