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A resolution drafted by Schuyler County’s sheriff and clerk opposing
the new state gun law passed the county legislature’s Public Safety
Committee unanimously Monday morning.

The committee passed the resolution unanimously, with a vote of 4-0.
Sheriff Bill Yessman said the Monday morning crowd of more than 50
people was the largest ever for the committee.

“We’re unhappy with the way this law was passed, the process they
used, … what we feel are second-amendment rights violations,”
Yessman said Monday. “The law does nothing to address gun violence.
It really doesn’t.”

Resolutions are not laws, but they can be used to make statements,
Yessman said. “It’s basically saying Schuyler County does not agree
with this law.”

The resolution asks the state legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to
“annul this ill conceived and poorly drafted statute,” and says the
new gun law “effectively treats countless New York state law abiding
gun owners as criminals.”

“We’re not against every part of the SAFE act, there are just
provisions in it that we feel aren’t right, and if enough counties
oppose this, maybe Albany will change their way of thinking,” said
Yessman, who added he hopes the law will be amended.

The resolution will be presented to the Resolution Review Committee
at 9:15 a.m. March 6; After that, it would move to the full
legislature at 6:30 p.m. March 11.

Compton could not be contacted Monday, though she told this newspaper
last week that she was concerned about how long it takes to process
paperwork created by the law. That concern was also in the resolution.

Yessman has scheduled an informational meeting to explain the gun law
from 6 to 8 p.m. March 19 at the Odessa-Montour High School auditorium.

“It’s not a meeting to debate the law whether it’s right or wrong …
I think my feelings are clear on that, but … April 15, it will be
here, and we have to deal with this,” Yessman said.

“It’s a law that we have to uphold whether we like it or not,” he said.

 

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