Essex County to make SAFE Act stance today

Meeting set for 6 p.m.

Essex County Board of Supervisors

Essex County Board of Supervisors Photo by Keith Lobdell.



WHEREAS, the right of the people to keep and bear arms is guaranteed as an individual right under the second amendment of the United State Constitution and that this right is regarded as an inalienable right of the people of Essex County; and

WHEREAS, the lawful ownership and use of firearms is, and has been, a valued tradition in Essex County and that the right to bear arms is exercised by many Essex County residents for which the County of Essex derives economic and environmental benefits from safe forms of recreation involving firearms which includes hunting and target shooting; and

WHEREAS, our New York State representatives could not and did not have the time to request and receive the input of their constituents regarding this matter which is the standard by which the Essex County Board of Supervisors holds itself to when it comes to the enactment of such a controversial law and is a matter of simple due process; and

WHEREAS, the crafting of the New York SAFE Act resulted in complex policy changes, many subject to interpretation and are confusing to a vast number of public officials as well as the law enforcement officials who are required to enforce and explain them; and

WHEREAS, there is the potential of a significant financial impact on Essex County which will result due to sections of the Act which will require additional manpower and computer systems, as well as the tax share our residents will have to contribute if the proposed 2013-2014 budget spending of $36 million dollars for the implementations of the New York SAFE Act is enacted, at a time when all New York State residents are asking for tax relief; and

WHEREAS, requiring law-abiding gun owners to verify ownership of certain types of firearms every five years, in addition to registering them on their permits which now also must be renewed every five years does not increase the safety of the public and is unnecessarily burdensome to the residents of New York State; and

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