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Schoharie sheriff gets pro-gun support

Schoharie County Sheriff Tony Desmond's opposition to the SAFE Act has garnered him the support of the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association.

Desmond has been an outspoken critic of the recently enacted gun legislation, which was passed at the start of this year's legislative session with a strong push from Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Many other sheriffs around the state, including in Saratoga County, have been vocal about their opposition.

In a county board of supervisors meeting in March, Desmond urged the county government to pass a resolution condemning the law. “It’s a piece of garbage no matter how long it took to pass it,” Desmond said at that time.

He said it’s the right of the people of Schoharie County to possess guns so long as they are not used for illegal purposes, and he suggested the county assure residents their local government is behind them.

“I think we need to state the stand that we are not going to let the state take guns away from them … we’re not going to let anybody take them,” Desmond said before the board room erupted in applause.

Desmond is running against Democrat Lawrence Travis and Conservative and Independence candidate Todd Ethington.

Additional reporting and writing by Ed Munger.
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