Ulster County Legislature adopts resolution opposing NY gun-control law (with video replay of meeting) – DailyFreeman.com

| February 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

By PATRICIA DOXSEY
Freeman staff
pdoxsey@freemanonline.com; twitter.com/pattiatfreeman
KINGSTON, N.Y. — Voting 14-8, Ulster County legislators on Tuesday adopted a resolution calling for the repeal of portions of the New York state gun-control law known as the SAFE Act.

The vote came after more than three hours of public comment that, at times, was punctuated by raucous applause, heckling and boos.

Nearly 1,000 people packed the Ulster Performing Arts Center in Midtown Kingston to speak out about the resolution, which put the Ulster County Legislature on record as opposing the state law.

More than 60 speakers signed up to comment on the proposal, but by night’s end, many of those who had signed up had left without speaking.

Throughout the course of the evening, Legislature Chairwoman Terry Bernardo, R-Accord, had to gavel the room back to order, and on several occasions, she warned attendees that the sheriff’s deputies would remove anyone who shouted out while another person was speaking. Despite repeated outbursts — including several while Legislature Minority Leader David Donaldson, D-Kingston, spoke — no one was removed.

The vast majority of speakers were gun-rights advocates who decried both the state law and the haste with which it was adopted by the state Legislature and signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

But there also was a strong showing by individuals speaking in support of the state’s Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act and in opposition to the proposed county resolution opposing it.

“A ban on assault weapons just makes sense to my mind,” said Alice Cook, who said her 11-year-old nephew was shot 11 times and will never walk again. “What is it (that type of weapon) needed for except to do another harm?”

Another speaker, Chris Acosta, said the “National Rifle Association, gun advocates and this legislative body” have bastardized the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by criticizing those who oppose the SAFE Act. Continued…

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