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Essex County may decide their SAFE Act stance March 18

New York State Assemblyman Dan Stec participates in a rally against the New York SAFE Act in Albany last week. As opposition to the new law mounts, the Essex County Board of Supervisors are planning to make their official stance at a March 18 special meeting.

New York State Assemblyman Dan Stec participates in a rally against the New York SAFE Act in Albany last week. As opposition to the new law mounts, the Essex County Board of Supervisors are planning to make their official stance at a March 18 special meeting.

— “We have a number of supervisors out and we also have the committee that has been appointed,” he said.

Scozzafava then opened the floor up for comments.

“I have several guns, including what would be classified as an assault weapon,” Win Belanger of Willsboro said. “The law is needed, but not the present law and not in the way that it was pushed through. It could lead to a lot of litigation that is not required. Taking three bullets out of my gun, oh well. But to take away my two pistols because there is not a clip that is made to meet the rules, when I have a permit in 33 other states where the same pistol is legal?”

“I do not think a lot of people understand what this law is going to do,” Bruno Mazzotte of Moriah said. “Every time a grandfather or father wants to go shooting with his kid, he has to go through a background check to buy ammunition every time.”

Cutting said that he was recently asked about the number of violent crimes committed by registered gun owners with the weapons that were registered.

“A reporter asked me the other day, do I ever remember a crime being committed by a lawful pistol permit owner or a gun owner with a weapon that they had lawfully registered, and I can honestly not think of one,” Cutting said. “This law unfortunately focuses on the law-abiding group.”

Newcomb Supervisor George Canon said that he was in favor of a resolution against the SAFE Act, but did not think repeal was the right way to go.

“The probability of this being repealed by the state is pretty close to nil,” Canon said. “I think that the best chance is to get the NRA and citizens to look at the constitutionality of it and see if it can be overturned that way.”

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