Essex County to make SAFE Act stance today

Meeting set for 6 p.m.

— WHEREAS, the only persons who will comply with the new high-capacity magazine ban are law-abiding citizens, leaving the same high-capacity magazines in the hands of those who choose not to obey the law; and

WHEREAS, requiring documentation of all ammunition sales in New York State, as provided for in this legislation, is a significant unfunded mandate on businesses; and

WHEREAS, this legislation fails to offer any meaningful solutions to gun violence and places increased burdens where they do not belong, squarely on the backs of law-abiding citizens; and

WHEREAS, this legislation effectively turns countless New York State law-abiding gun owners into criminals; and

WHEREAS, while there are some areas of the legislation that the Essex County Board of Supervisors finds encouraging, such as addressing glaring shortcomings in the mental health system, the strengthening of Kendra’s Law and Mark’s Law (which provides additional penalties for assaulting first responders), as well as privacy protections for pistol permit holders, by-and-large, we find the legislation does little more than negatively impact lawful gun ownership;

NOW, THERE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Essex County Board of Supervisors does hereby demand the repeal of all the sections of the New York SAFE Act which we believe infringes upon the right of the people to keep and bear arms; and is our opinion unconstitutional under both the Federal and State Constitution; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Essex County Board of Supervisors strongly encourages the members of the New York State Legislature to hold public hearings to address the issue of gun violence in a way that will produce meaningful results; and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Essex County Board of Supervisors requests the members of the New York State Senate and Assembly who represent all or part of Essex County, to reply in writing, with their views on, and actions taken, in support of, or opposition to, the New York SAFE Act; and be it further

RESOLVED, that copies of this resolution be sent to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Assemblyman Dan Spec, Senator Elizabeth Little, Assemblywomen Janet Duprey and the New York State Association of Counties.

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