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Oswego County opposes SAFE Act

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Oswego County opposes SAFE Act
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Oswego County legislators say the New York SAFE Act is a violation of Second Amendment rights. That's why they're calling for its repeal. The SAFE Act was passed in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut shootings in an effort to curb gun violence. As our Katie Gibas reports, Oswego now joins several other municipalities in saying the legislation wasn't well thought out.

OSWEGO COUNTY, N.Y. -- In the days and weeks following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, everyone was looking for answers and a way to prevent another mass tragedy. That's why the New York SAFE Act was passed. The new law includes a tighter ban on assault weapons and restrictions on the sale of guns and certain types of ammunition

"There are a lot of concerns about the resolution, a lot of confusion surrounding it and concern that it went through rather quickly," said Oswego County Legislator Amy Tresidder.

Oswego County Legislator Louella LeClaire added, "The bill was not thought out. That's obvious when there was no debate on either of the floors."

Thursday, the Oswego County Government, Courts and Consumer Affairs Committee unanimously passed a resolution to oppose several provisions in the act. Legislators say the act is an unfunded mandate that violates second amendment rights.

"I think it's a great step to show that this is not just a few people that are upset with this as the governor claims. This is a huge problem for many, many people in this state," said Rick McDermott, a sportsman advocate.

Legislators say the SAFE Act doesn't offer any meaningful solutions to gun violence.

"These are crazy people that are doing this. There's no question about it. Law abiding citizens don't. And the criminal is never going to comply with it," said LeClaire.

McDermott added, "No matter how many laws you put in, they're not going to obey them. That's why they're criminals. And you can't legislate them into doing the right thing."

Legislators are calling for the act to be repealed and for legislators to start over.

"There's too much bad in this law to be able to salvage it. They need to go out and come back with someone that's going to address all the issues that need to be addressed. And they need to be addressed one at a time," said McDermott.

The resolution will now go before the full legislature on February 14th. And once it passes there, Oswego will join the ranks of several other municipalities that have already passed similar resolutions opposing at least part of the SAFE Act.

The full legislature will discuss the issue at 2 p.m. on the 14th in the Oswego legislature chambers. The public is welcome to voice their opinions on the issue.

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