Franklin County joins opposition to new gun control law | NCPR News

| March 8, 2013 | 0 Comments


Franklin County has joined a growing chorus of upstate counties that
have gone on record opposing New York’s SAFE Act.

In a unanimous vote Thursday, county legislators adopted a resolution
that says the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013, approved on Jan. 14, “effectively turns countless New York State
law-abiding gun owners into criminals” and “fails to offer any
meaningful solutions to gun violence.”

The resolution repeatedly asserts the Second Amendment rights of
Americans to keep and bear arms and calls the lawful ownership of
firearms “a valued tradition in Franklin County and the State of New York.”

The resolution doesn’t spell out the specific provisions of the SAFE
Act that county leaders take issue with, which some legislators
suggested they take time to do.

But others, like Legislator Guy “Tim” Smith of Fort Covington, said
their constituents are getting impatient.

“The public is getting restless,” he said. “I think they want us to
make a decision and make it quick.”

Legislative Chairman Billy Jones of Chateaugay said the resolution
was drafted after legislators held a work session on the SAFE Act two
weeks ago.

“We have been working on it, and we didn’t want to go with a
knee-jerk reaction like New York State did and pass a bill at 11
o’clock at night and do that. We wanted to bring in our
professionals, our sheriff, our mental health professionals, our
county clerk, sportsmens groups, everything to discuss it. I think
we’ve done a prudent job and a good job doing that.”

The board ultimately approved the resolution opposing the SAFE Act
Thursday and later plans to draft more specific recommendations on
how the law should be amended.

A public forum on the SAFE Act, hosted by the Franklin County
Sheriff’s Department, has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the
Malone Middle School.

Meanwhile, gun rights advocates will be hosting what’s been described
as a “peaceful and informative” rally on the SAFE Act from 1 to 5
p.m. Sunday at the Harrietstown Town Hall in Saranac Lake.


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