Genesee lawmakers urge repeal of SAFE Act – The Daily News Online: News

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Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 9:48 am, Thu Feb 28, 2013.

By Scott DeSmit sdesmit@batavianews.com

On the eve of what promises to be a massive Second Amendment rights rally in Albany, more than 100 people packed the Genesee County Legislature meeting Wednesday night and vigorously applauded as Genesee became the latest in an ever-growing list of counties seeking repeal of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s SAFE Act.

Legislators unanimously approved the resolution, which details the county’s opposition to Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, a new and restrictive set of gun control laws Cuomo signed into law Jan. 15.

Genesee now joins Orleans, Wyoming, Livingston, Erie and numerous other counties across the state that have passed similar resolutions.

The vote came after eight people spoke against the SAFE Act and a day before many of those in attendance will be going to Albany to join thousands in a Second Amendment rights rally.

“Governor Cuomo is punishing honest citizens,” said Bill Fox, a member of Genesee County Chapter of Shooters Committee on Political Education. “This really has gone beyond the Second Amendment.”

SCOPE Chairman Jack Taylor said Genesee County is a place “that really believes in the right to bear arms.”

“This is a control issue,” he said. “They are trying to compare us to the gang-bangers on Division Street in Buffalo. All they are doing is tying the hands of law-abiding citizens because the criminals don’t care about the laws.”

Robert Kowalski presented a petition with 150 signatures to the Legislature and

As Chairman Mary Pat Hancock said that petition, along with others, will be copied and given to Assemblyman Steve Hawley and Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer.

“They share our constituency and they are in a position to want to repeal this act,” she said.

The actual resolution details the county’s opposition, based not only on responses from citizens but from positions adopted by New York State Sheriff’s Association and New York State County Clerk’s Association.

“The Genesee County Legislature considers such laws to be unnecessary and beyond lawful legislative authority granted to our state representatives,” part of the resolution reads.

The resolution will be sent to President Obama, Gov. Cuomo, U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer, and Kirsten Gillibrand, Rep. Chris Collins, Ranzenhofer, Hawley, Inter-County Association of Western New York and the New York State Association of Counties.

The resolution was one of 31 passed by legislators Wednesday.

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