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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • Chemung, Schuyler condemn SAFE Act

  • Two more local counties have joined the fight against New York’s new gun law, which has received condemnation from most county governments in the state.??

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  • Two more local counties have joined the fight against New York’s new gun law, which has received condemnation from most county governments in the state.??
    The legislatures in Chemung and Schuyler counties voted unanimously last Monday to approve resolutions that call on the state government to repeal the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act. The law was enacted in the wake of a December mass shooting that killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.??
    Including Chemung and Schuyler, at least 42 of New York’s 62 counties have voted to oppose the SAFE Act, including Steuben, Yates and Livingston. Nine more counties are considering joining the opposition movement.??
    The law, in part, toughens the state’s ban on ??assault weapons, restricts ammunition, and requires universal background checks for most gun transfers.??
    Before the Chemung County Legislature voted Monday, a dozen people spoke out against the SAFE Act.??
    “The only people safer as a consequence of the act are the criminals,” said Horseheads resident Brad Lytle, who is the president of the Twin Tier Tea Party. “(The act) is illegal under the Constitution.”??
    Said Van Etten resident Pat Karas: “I don’t fear firearms; I fear being without them. (The act) hurts so many more people than it protects.”??
    In opposing the SAFE Act, Chemung and Schuyler said the law was hastily implemented and infringes on citizens’ Second Amendment rights. “This legislation is viewed by many citizens of the state of New York as being extremely controversial as those citizens view this legislation as infringing upon their rights guaranteed to them under the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution,” Chemung’s resolution reads. “The state of New York has a tradition and long history of conducting its deliberations and debates in the public view, and that in the enactment of the NY SAFE Act, the New York State Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo acted in contradiction of this long, time-honored tradition of open government.”
    ??Schuyler’s resolution calls the law an “ill-conceived and poorly drafted statute.”

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