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Schoharie County supervisors vote to oppose gun-control law

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The state’s new gun-control law is causing such a stir in Schoharie County that the Board of Supervisors took up a resolution out of order Friday assailing Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s tactics and his plans to spend nearly $40 million implementing the law. Supervisor Larry Bradt, R-Carlisle, spoke with anger in his voice as he read the county’s resolution word by word. The measure, opposing the process of the law’s enactment and some of its provisions, ...


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110efg13gd
February 16, 2013
6:51 a.m.

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Kudos to you people. Federal and State government don't seem to realize the very large can of worms that they have opened by trying to infringe on our Constitutional rights. Most of our elected officials in Albany and Washingon seem to be afraid to stand up and represent the law-abiding citizens who put them where they are; I guess it's easier to go along than to fight 'city hall'. It's too bad that these officials lack the foresight of the great men who conceived and brought to fruition The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States of America, and the Bill of Rights.

mrssantulli
February 16, 2013
12:46 p.m.

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I agree. It seems most politicians are more worried about being able to maintain an agenda or good relations for the next deal they want rather than abiding by any kind of convictions they purport to have, at least when campaigning. Amazing the Oath of Office has become mere words instead of a heart felt promise to uphold the Constitution and to defend it. Infringing on any part of the Constitution should be grounds for removal from office.

jerryrock
February 16, 2013
3:16 p.m.

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The resolution passed by the Schoharie County Board of Supervisors is a waste of the people's time and taxpayer money. This Republican agenda has no legal power and does not reflect the opinion of the majority. Doesn't the Board have more important issues to resolve, like rebuilding and recovering from the 2011 storm damage?

Elected Officials and Law enforcement are bound by oath to support the Constitution and the law of New York State. They are not qualified, nor is it their job to interpret the Constitution. That is the job of the US Supreme Court.

110efg13gd
February 16, 2013
4:23 p.m.

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Why must it always be Republican, Democrat, Liberal, Conservative? Could it not be narrowed down to intelligence and common sense? Perhaps these people were expressing their opinion in support of the Constitution? It does seem that the Constitution and the laws of NYS are a bit at odds these days. I don't believe that the Constitution needs interpretation at all; it's pretty much right there in black and white. The Amendments, i.e., the Bill of Rights, originated with the idea of setting limits on government actions in regard to personal liberties.

jerryrock
February 16, 2013
9:17 p.m.

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The "opinion" expressed by the Superviors and Sheriff is clearly against the New York State Law, Governor Andrew Cuomo and the US Constitution as interpreted by The US Supreme Court in Heller v. Distrct if Columbia.

As an elected official, you do not publicly bad mouth the government you represent by passing worthless legislation on the publics dime. You show opposition at the polls.

110efg13gd
February 17, 2013
7:12 a.m.

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Having lttle legal acumen, I researched Heller and found that the Supreme Court upheld the 2nd Amendment as re: "within the home and within federal enclaves", but did not address the issue of whether the 2nd Amendment extended to the States. In McDonald v. Chicago, the Supreme Court held that the right of an individual protected by the 2nd Amendment is incorporated by the due process clause of the 14th Amendment and does apply to the States.
From what I've read, it sounds like our great Constitution supercedes the hastily-enacted, feel-good legislation of NYS.
A worthless resolution? Perhaps just an affirmation of what we believe to be our Constitutional rights.
Elected officials represent the people, not the government (or they are supposed to!).
But that's just my 'opinion".

jerryrock
February 19, 2013
4:05 p.m.

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You missed one key point: Heller left intact the ability of the government to determine what weapons the general public would be allowed to possess for self defense.

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