Orleans Legislature will again push for repeal of SAFE Act

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 February 2015 at 12:00 am

ALBION – The Orleans County Legislature has gone on the record several times the past two years, stating its opposition to the SAFE Act, a controversial gun control measure approved by the State Legislature and Gov. Cuomo in January 2013.

With a new legislative season beginning in the state capital, and with Gov. Cuomo starting his second term, county legislators plan on again stating their support for repeal of the “Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement” Act. Two state senators, Michael Nozzolio and Katherine Marchione, have already introduced legislation in the State Senate to repeal all of the legislation or parts of it.

The County Legislature will meet at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the County Clerks Building at 3 South Main St. An agenda for the meeting includes a resolution that supports repeal of the SAFE Act.

The resolution states the County Legislature supports the Second Amendment and the right of the people to keep and bear arms.

Other reasons the Legislature cites for supporting the repeal of the SAFE Act include:

The lawful ownership of firearms is a recreational benefit to residents through hunting and target shooting, along with an economic and environmental benefit for the region with several locally owned and operated gun/sporting businesses.

SAFE Act legislation was “rushed” into passage in January 2013 and the legislation will have a detrimental effect on hunters, sportsmen and legal gun owners, creating a hostile environment both for them and for the sale and manufacture of legal firearms.

The legislation prohibits the sale of firearm magazines with a capacity larger than seven rounds and few or no low-capacity magazines currently exist for many firearms commonly used by law-abiding citizens.

“The legislation fails to offer little meaningful solutions to gun violence and places undue burdens where they don’t belong, squarely on the backs of law-abiding citizens.”

Many parts of the SAFE Act place an unfunded mandate on the local Sheriff Departments, County Clerk’s Office and County Judges.

There will be significant financial impact on the county due to the approximately 4,850 Orleans County pistol permits that will have to be renewed requiring additional manpower and computer systems.

Requiring gun owners to verify ownership of certain types of firearms every five years, in addition to registering them on permits that also must be renewed every five years, is “unnecessarily burdensome” to the residents.

“This legislation effectively treats countless New York State law abiding gun owners as criminals.”