A slide from Essex County Sheriff Richard Cutting's presentation on the SAFE Act, which he plans to present throughout the county on an invitational basis.
continued “Four or five they are somewhat supportive of and the rest they say need a little bit of work and a little bit of discussion,” Moore said. “I am not asking for our own resolution today. I am asking to support the sheriffs.”
“I think that this is a discussion that we need to have,” Chesterfield Supervisor Gerald Morrow said. “I am not for the SAFE Act because there are things that I do not like about it. However, if I went and voted to support the Sheriffs resolution without working on our instead of working on this for our county, I would be no better then the legislators who passed this without getting the proper input.”
County Sheriff Richard Cutting was asked to address the board about the NYSSA’s response to the SAFE Act.
“We tried to start with a positive and show the governor that we feel there are significant violent issue,” Cutting said. “We did not appreciate the fact that it was addressed pretty quickly and done without the consultant of law enforcement. Sitting down and discussing these things could have prevented a lot of the confusion that is out there today.”
Cutting added that he felt the object was being blamed more than people.
“We cannot demonize an object and expect to have results,” Cutting said. “The weapon has no evil intent.”
Cutting also spoke about the “military enhancements,” that constitute an assault weapon under the law.
“You did not change the magazine capacity or the ballistics,” Cutting said about a pair of shotguns that both had the same gauge and magazine capacity, while one had an altered stock. “All we did was put a hole in the stock and now it is seen as a bad thing. The people that this legislation affects are the law-abiding citizens that are going to register their weapons. We need to look at prosecution, more strict sentencing and educate for our children.”