LOWVILLE Lewis County legislators on Tuesday took aim at the states new gun law and approved advertising for a new trail coordinator.
It was pushed too fast with no due consideration, Legislator Paul M. Stanford, D-Watson, said of the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement, or NY SAFE, Act.
County lawmakers by a 10-0 vote passed a resolution calling on the state Legislature and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to set aside and annul this ill conceived and poorly drafted statute which abridges the rights of law-abiding citizens of the State of New York.
This law infringes on my constitutional and civil rights to keep and bear arms, said Greig resident Floyd J. Rivers, a former Department of Defense employee and pistol instructor who requested the county opposition to the NY SAFE Act. It does nothing to curtail gun violence and effectively turns countless law-abiding gun owners into criminals for absolutely no reason. I do not consider myself a criminal nor do I want to be made one with the stroke of a pen.
The county resolution takes issue with the rapid passage of the state law without public hearings and complains about the reclassification of many firearms as assault weapons and increasingly burdensome registration requirements for gun owners.
It also suggests that reducing the limit of rounds in a firearm from 10 to seven is arbitrary and capricious, has no correlation to public safety and unduly burdens gun owners and manufacturers, that criminals will not comply with the high-capacity magazine ban, anyhow, and that police officers now will be put in position to confiscate the previously lawfully owned property of an American citizen without just compensation.
Criminals dont care about the law, Mr. Rivers said. Thats why theyre criminals.
Sheriff Michael P. Carpinelli told county lawmakers he would agree with opposition to the new gun law.
Mr. Carpinelli said that the state legislation was passed without input from county sheriffs and that the state Sheriffs Association is now trying to work with the governor and other state leaders to make changes to it.
A letter from town of Croghan resident Jeffrey T. Christman in opposition to the NY SAFE Act also was read during the legislators meeting. In the letter, Mr. Christman suggested that all gun permit holders in the county be named volunteer auxiliary sheriffs deputies for one minute, then be retired, so they could legally keep whatever gun magazines they have.
I would like to say that if you did this and later were told not to, it might at least start a debate like the one that never happened in Albany, he wrote.