Skip to comments.Schuyler Committee OKs resolution opposing NY gun law; final vote expected March 11
Posted on 02/25/2013 4:32:35 PM PST by Chode
WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 25 -- The Schuyler County Legislature's Public Safety / Criminal Justice Committee voted unanimously Monday morning in favor of a resolution opposing the State's passage of the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act -- a gun control law enacted on Jan. 15.
Nearly 50 people filed into the small confines of the Legislature chamber to support the resolution, which was crafted by Schuyler County Sheriff Bill Yessman and County Clerk Linda Compton (and can be found in its entirety here). The vote followed a brief presentation by Yessman, and drew applause from the audience.
"I told people there is no opposition (among Schuyler legislators) to this resolution," Yessman said before the meeting started, "and that they didn't need to be here. But ..." And he motioned to the crowd squeezing into the room. Committee Chairman Phil Barnes noted that petitions with 300 signatures opposing the SAFE Act have been received
The gun law, Yessman told the gathering, "is an action that infringed on our rights" and one that was passed hurriedly, "in a way not done before. I think the county needs to move forward and take action on this." Some other counties, including Chemung, are passing similar resolutions.
After the vote, Yessman noted that another bill in the Legislature would "require owners of firearms to obtain insurance" of not less than $1 million "to protect against willful and negligent acts." But he said insurance companies have indicated they won't insure against "willful and negligent acts," so even if such a law is passed, "you can't get insurance." The bill, he added, "might die by itself, but we need to take a stance."
The committee gave its blessing to a resolution yet to be written on that issue by Yessman. It and the anti-SAFE Act measure will now go to the Legislature Resolution Review Committee on March 6. Final legislative approval is expected on March 11.
Legislator Glenn Larison told the audience before it dispersed that he was pleased to see so many people turn out in force on the gun issue, "but I'd like to see you at a meeting when we discuss the budget, too."
Yessman noted that he will be holding a public meeting on March 19, from 6-8 p.m., at the Odessa-Montour High School auditorium to present information on the NY SAFE Act.
The Schuyler County Legislature's Public Safety / Criminal Justice Committee voted unanimously Monday morning, Feb. 25, 2013 in favor of a resolution opposing the State's passage of the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act. The measure will go next to the Legislature Resolution Review Committee and then the full Legislature for a vote. The resolution follows.
RESOLUTION OPPOSING THE NEW YORK SECURE AMMUNITION AND FIREARMS ENFORCEMENT (SAFE) ACT OF 2013 SHERIFFS OFFICE/COUNTY CLERK
WHEREAS, this Legislative Body has long advocated for the protection of the rights afforded our citizens under the Constitution, which has for generations guided our Nation and served as a framework to our democracy and society, and
WHEREAS, the Second Amendment of the United States provides for the right of the people to keep and bear arms and further states that this right shall not be infringed, and
WHEREAS, members of the Schuyler County Legislature, being elected to represent the people of Schuyler County, are duly sworn by their oath of office to uphold the Constitution of the United States, and
WHEREAS, members of the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate, being elected by the people of New York State, are duly sworn by their oath of office to uphold the Constitution of the United States, and
WHEREAS, the lawful ownership of firearms is a recreational benefit to our residents through hunting and target shooting, along with an economic and environmental benefit to our region with several locally owned and operated gun/sporting businesses, and
WHEREAS, the New York State Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (NY SAFE 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, creating a hostile environment both for them and for the sale and manufacture of legal firearms, and
WHEREAS, the legislation prohibits the sale of firearm magazines with a capacity larger than seven (7) rounds and, those firearm magazines with a capacity larger than seven (7) rounds, which are authorized to be retained by existing owners, may only be loaded with seven (7) rounds and ventually must be permanently altered to only accept seven (7) rounds or be disposed of, and
WHEREAS, few or no low capacity (seven (7) rounds or less) magazines currently exist for many of the firearms commonly possessed by law-abiding residents of New York State, and
WHEREAS, the legislation severely impacts the possession and use of firearms now employed by the residents of Schuyler County for the defense of life, liberty and property, and
WHEREAS, the legislation severely impacts the possession and use of firearms now employed for safe forms of recreation including, but not limited to hunting and target shooting, and
WHEREAS, while there are some areas of the legislation that the Schuyler County Legislature finds encouraging, such as the strengthening of Kendras Law and Markss Law, as well as privacy protections for lawful permit holders, we find the legislation fails to offer little meaningful solutions to gun violence and places undo burdens where they dont belong, squarely on the backs of law abiding citizens, and
WHEREAS, there are many parts of this legislation that place an unfunded mandate on the local Sheriff Departments, County Clerks Office and County Judges, while tax payers are crying out relief, and
WHEREAS, there will be significant financial impact due to the approximately 3,300 Schuyler County pistol permits that will have to be renewed requiring additional manpower and computer systems, and
WHEREAS, requiring law-abiding gun owners to verify ownership of certain types of firearms every five years, in addition to registering them on permits, which now also must be renewed every five years, does not increase the safety of the public and is unnecessarily burdensome to the residents of New York State, and
WHEREAS, this legislation effectively treats countless New York State law abiding gun owners as criminals, and
WHEREAS, the enactment of the NY SAFE Act has engendered significant controversy over both the process by which it was enacted and certain provisions contained within, and
WHEREAS, the manner in which this legislation was brought forward for vote in the State Legislature is deeply disturbing to the Schuyler County Legislature. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Schuyler 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 the Schuyler County Legislature opposes any effort by the New York State Legislature to bundle together stricter gun control efforts with legislation that would exempt the records pertaining to handgun permit holders from disclosure under NYS Freedom of Information Law, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that certified copies of this Resolution be forwarded to the Governor of the State of New York, Senator Thomas OMara, Assemblyman Philip Palmesano and the New York State Association of Counties.
from the OdessaFile.com
...you should call them and let them know you support their decision...(get others likewise)
Do you have enough union thugs to enforce your edict by force?
What happens when the first innocents die opposing it or the first cops die trying to enforce it?
What do you do then?
What if the citizens start hunting their tormentors instead of you hunting them? There's a lot more of us than there are of you.
What are you going to do then, Andrew?