Oswego legislators move forward with resolution calling for repeal of NY gun law | syracuse.com

| February 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

By Ken Sturtz l ksturtz@syracuse.com

on February 08, 2013 at 1:14 AM, updated February 08, 2013 at 2:11 AM

Oswego, NY– The Oswego County Legislature is a step closer to officially calling for a repeal of the NY SAFE Act.

Member’s of the legislature’s Government, Courts and Consumer Affairs Committee voted unanimously at a special meeting Thursday in favor of a resolution denouncing New York’s controversial new gun control law.

The resolution will come before the full legislature for discussion on Feb. 14.

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.

The resolution was sponsored by Legislator Terry Wilbur, who is the committee’s chairman. He and his fellow legislators have fielded questions and intense concern from the community over the state’s gun law, he said.

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 he and other legislators are simply voicing the views of the vast majority of their constituents.

"There are parts that are good, but there are parts that are bad," he said. "We’re pretty disgusted with some of this."

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 fact of the matter is all of this is going to hurt law-abiding citizens," he said.

Wilbur also said that legislators are worried about what amounts to unfunded mandates for things like pistol permit renewals. They are concerned, he said, about the county paying for the labor to help carry out the state’s law.

"This is just us in Oswego County saying … ‘This isn’t good for us at all,’" Wilbur said.

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