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Schenectady legislators oppose repeal of SAFE Act

By Justin Mason
Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Schenectady County legislators will ask state leaders to revisit the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, but refused to endorse the message of repeal urged by dozens of residents at a standing-room-only meeting Tuesday.

A full story on the vote can be found HERE.

The Legislature soundly adopted a resolution calling on the state Senate and Assembly to conduct public hearings in regions throughout New York aimed at improving the law passed earlier this year and set to take effect this spring. Democrat Brian Gordon and Republican James Buhrmaster were the only two among the 13 legislators present to vote against the resolution, though for opposite reasons.

Gordon argued the so-called New York SAFE Act is fine in its entirety, citing statistics that show a decrease in gun-related deaths in those states with the strongest laws. Buhrmaster, the Legislature’s minority leader, said Schenectady County should send a message of repeal to Albany in protest of the shadowy manner in which the law was passed.

The vote followed roughly two hours of comments from opponents of the law, many of them claiming it impinges on rights guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution. Many of the more than three dozen speakers urged legislators to take up Buhrmaster’s call for a resolution endorsing repeal, saying that dozens of other counties across upstate New York are passing similar statements to the state Legislature.

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Schenectady County's SAFE Resolution

 
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