Dutchess to call on N.Y. to amend gun law | The Poughkeepsie Journal | poughkeepsiejournal.com

| March 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Dutchess County could join a growing list of counties asking New York state lawmakers to repeal restrictive gun controls.

The county Legislature’s Public Safety Committee is expected to vote Thursday on whether or not to push forward a Republican-supported resolution criticizing the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act for failing to offer “any meaningful solution” to gun violence and placing increased burdens on law-abiding citizens and county departments.

The SAFE Act — enacted in January after the Newtown, Conn., school massacre — governs ownership of assault-style semiautomatic weapons and high-capacity magazines, and requires background checks for ammunition purchases.

Dutchess County’s resolution was offered by: John Forman, R-Beacon; Robert Weiss, R-East Fishkill; Marge Horton, R-East Fishkill; Joseph Incoronato, R-Wappingers Falls; Gerald Hutchings, R-LaGrange; Benjamin Traudt, R-Red Hook; and Mike Kelsey, R-Pleasant Valley.

They praise portions of the gun act that protect pistol permit holders’ privacy and stem violence by people with serious mental illnesses, among other things. However, the legislators who put forth the resolution say the SAFE Act could have detrimental effects on hunters, sportsmen and law-abiding gun owners and county officials in mental hygiene, social services and law enforcement.

“This was a fatally flawed piece of legislation,” Incoronato said.

“They acted too quickly for the wrong reasons,” Kelsey said.

Gun-control reform should focus on school security, mental health and access to weapons that are available to the mentally ill, the resolution says. If approved by the committee, the resolution could go before the county Legislature on Monday.

Sarah Bradshaw: sbradshaw@poughkeepsiejournal.com; 845-437-4811; Twitter: @bradshawsarah

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