Oswego County passes resolution calling for repeal of NY SAFE Act | syracuse.com

| February 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

By Ken Sturtz l ksturtz@syracuse.comon February 14, 2013 at 8:08 PM, updated February 14, 2013 at 8:23 PM

Oswego, NY– The Oswego County Legislature voted 25-0 for a resolution urging the repeal of the NY SAFE Act, joining a growing list of counties that have denounced New York state’s controversial gun law.

“We were just standing up for our constituents,” Terry Wilbur, a legislator from Hannibal, said Thursday.

Wilbur, who sponsored the resolution, said he was pleased with the results, and that the resolution would send a clear message to state officials in Albany. Oswego isn’t the first county in the area to come out against the SAFE Act. Madison and Herkimer counties have already passed similar resolutions.

New York’s new gun law, which was hastily passed in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., includes requirements for criminal background checks on the sale of ammunition, renewal of pistol permits every five years and updates to mental health reporting requirements.

Wilbur said he and other legislators moved forward on the issue in part due to the intense negative reaction from the community over the state’s gun law.

The resolution quotes from the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, and takes issue with the government infringing on the Second Amendment rights of its citizens. It also criticizes the speed and lack of public comment with which the legislation was passed, and decries many arbitrary restrictions in the law.

Wilbur said some provisions of the SAFE Act, such as background checks and improvements to mental health screenings, are generally positive, but overall the law will do little more than hurt the public, and tourism and recreation in the county.

The resolution will be sent to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other state officials.

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