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Onondaga County may be the next county to call for a change to New York's SAFE Act. The Sheriff's Office held a news conference Friday morning to discuss their approach to the gun control issue. Our Brad Vivacqua reports.

ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- We've seen numerous counties across the state recently pass resolutions to oppose Governor Cuomo's SAFE Act.

Friday morning, Onondaga County Chief Deputy John Balloni held a news conference with County Legislator Kevin Holmquist and County Clerk Sandy Schepp.

The SAFE Act puts a tighter ban on assault weapons and restrictions on the sale of guns and certain types of ammunition. Local officials voiced their concern about the state's request to make pistol records public and the license application process.

Holmquist says the county will be addressing the act at the legislature's next session, and could vote on a resolution to repeal in March.

"This law was hastily put together. Nobody read it, there is no public input, no public comment. There's no possible justification as to the contents of this so called SAFE Act. I believe there's nothing safe about this so called SAFE Act," said Kevin Holmquist, Onondaga Co. Public Safety Chairman.

Officials from numerous counties across the state have voiced concerns on the gun control ban. Locally, we've seen Jefferson, Madison, Oswego, and Herkimer counties all pass resolutions with similar opposition to the law.

Currently, people in living in Onondaga County with a permit can opt out of having their records made public by picking up and filling out an exemption form at the county Sheriff's office.

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