Sullivan County Legislature passes resolution to repeal New York’s gun law |

| March 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

By Leonard Sparks

Times Herald-Record

Published: 5:18 PM – 03/21/13

Last updated: 5:19 PM – 03/21/13

MONTICELLO — The Sullivan County Legislature approved a resolution calling for a repeal of New York’s SAFE Act gun-control measure on a day when more than 200 gun-rights supporters swarmed Government Center for a noon rally.

Many of those at the rally stayed to watch the Legislature unanimously support repeal of the law.

Legislators Gene Benson and Cora Edwards introduced Sullivan’s repeal resolution, which is similar to resolutions passed around the state, including in Ulster County.

“I swore to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America and the Constitution of the state of New York,” Benson told the crowd that rallied outside Government Center’s south entrance. “We the people are at the bottom. We have to let the people at the top know where we stand.”

The state’s passage of the SAFE Act in January came in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., It has prompted a wave of opposition from gun owners.

Some accuse the state of violating the Second Amendment, while others have questioned the expedited process under which the law was passed and the effectiveness of its measures, such as limiting the size of ammunition magazines to seven.

“I’ve carried weapons in a responsible way, protecting this society and this nation,” said John Mahoney, a military vet who helped organize the rally as part of a group called the Oath Keepers. “But our governor has seen fit to criminalize me.”

On Thursday, the National Rifle Association announced that it had joined with the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association to sue the state over the new law. They claim the extension of the assault weapons ban and limits on magazines violate the Second Amendment. Their complaint also alleges violations of equal-protection and due-process rights.

“When the mechanism of government … is put in the hands of those that don’t necessarily subscribe to liberty and justice for all, things can take a darker turn,” Fallsburg resident Joe Collura told the Legislature before the vote.

Monticello resident Tom Manza braved the overwhelming pro-repeal turnout to argue in favor of some parts of the law and against full repeal. He cited sections expanding background-check requirements to privates and requiring more stringent reporting by mental health professionals.

“I criticize the way the law was passed,” Manza said. “But I still don’t think it’s a good enough reason to repeal the SAFE Act.”

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