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Resolution disputing NY SAFE Act approved by Erie County Legislature

SPRINGVILLE — The Erie County Legislature, led by the Minority Caucus, became the largest county, to date, to oppose the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013. On Feb. 21, a resolution, which asked for a full repeal of that law, passed the Legislature, in a 7 – 4 vote that crossed party lines.

“Today’s resolution lets Albany know that Erie County remains a place in the state where one’s Second Amendment rights are respected,” said Minority Leader John Mills. “The SAFE Act lacked transparency, lacked input from constituents and lacked common sense. Counties throughout New York state are in opposition to this bill. We are hopeful Albany will repeal, revisit and revise this bill, so that we have legislation that doesn’t infringe on the rights of legal gun owners.”

The resolution was co-sponsored and introduced by Mills, a Republican, Conservative Legislator Joseph Lorigo, Republican Legislator Kevin Hardwick, Republican Legislator Edward Rath and Independent Legislator Lynne Dixon.

“I received hundreds of calls and emails in opposition to the SAFE Act, from Erie County residents,” Lorigo said. “Unfortunately, the state didn’t allow residents that same opportunity. The law was jammed through Albany by executive legislative gimmicks and without input from New York state residents, leaving gun owners unsure of what this law actually means to them. It created more questions than answers, and that’s unacceptable.”

Rath said, “Reason and common sense is allowing the public to review legislation and give their input; that’s democracy. Forcing through a bill in days is what we’ve come to expect in Albany. It’s disappointing to me and the residents of New York state.”

Hardwick said, “I want to thank the community for all of their calls and emails, over the past few days, on our resolution in opposition to the SAFE Act. I also want to thank those New York state legislators who stood up for the rights of law-abiding gun owners and voted against this legislation in Albany. It was the right thing to do and they should be applauded for taking a stand.”

“We need to make sure the concerns of law enforcement officers and the general public are addressed,” Dixon said. “Repealing this law would allow our state leaders to address the problem and go after the real issues involving gun violence.”
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