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Schenectady gun law forum draws doubts, angry voices

New York State Police Col. Thomas Fazio discusses the New York SAFE Act at the main branch of the Schenectady County Public Library in Schenectady on Wednesday.
New York State Police Col. Thomas Fazio discusses the New York SAFE Act at the main branch of the Schenectady County Public Library in Schenectady on Wednesday.
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Hunters and competitive shooters fired questions about the state’s new gun control law at state police during a forum Wednesday, but left frustrated as a prominent inquiry was left unanswered: Why was the law implemented? “You don’t know the why. You’re just implementing the law that got passed by the Legislature,” said Matthew Caron of Galway to applause. Caron was one of about 100 people attending the event organized by New York State Police and ...


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jbatease
January 31, 2013
1:11 p.m.

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The problem with this law is that "assault" weapons are not the killer they are made out to be. Many more people are killed with stolen hand guns. We had a knee jerk reaction to a serious problem. The problem w/Fazio saying that they will not enter our homes to take guns- maybe not now but now you have our info....... maybe later. The real solution is to licence anyone who wants any kind of gun or ammo. You could require a mental health eval and you could re-licence every five years or so. Maybe show proof you have gun locks or a safe etc. We require a licence for a car but not a gun ? Stop all of the panic and require our government to act in a mature and well thought out way. NOT in the fashion that this law came about.

Sparkys_Dad
January 31, 2013
5:08 p.m.

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The authors of this new gun safe law are being disingenuous at best. If gun safety was their premise, then why isn't there any real, meaty gun safety programs addressed in the new law? Seems to me it's a gun tracking program with the ultimate end of charging for gun registration, permits and gun-insurance (think about that one). Sounds like revenue enhancement to some of us. Failure to comply might lead to voluntary surrender of the firearms. No cops are going to come and take our guns away---we will give them up freely! Health practitioners will be responsible for deciding if the gun owner is mentally fit to own a firearm or not. On psychotropic meds? No guns for you! Wife on meds? Guns in the house? No guns for you! Got a sketchy driving record and 1 too many DWI's? No guns for you! Failed to report that AR and register all your firearms in a timely manner? Did you cross the line with all those hi-cap magazines you forgot you had in the drawer? You might just possibly be charged with a felony and guess what? Correct me if I'm wrong but convicted felons lose their right to vote in NYS. So, you got to ask yourself: Is it worth the risk to keep all these guns? For what?

irishlad1234
January 31, 2013
5:36 p.m.

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That's the problem jbatease, the government! Read the 2nd Amendment! As you may know, it was not meant for hunting, but for tyranny and that is what is now taking place in this Country. Almost all our Amendments evolves around the 2nd amendment.People don't really know, that it was made up to protect us from Big Government.
I put a handle on my 30.06 and now I have an assault rifle. It is a semi automatic rifle, it shoots one shot at a time!There is no such thing as an assault rifle Weather I own a weapon or not, is none of anyone's business, especially the government! Lets start by registering the mentally ill, and make sure that they are being treated and make sure that they don't have a weapon of any kind!I think parents should be arrested if they were required to register their sons or daughters who might have mental problems, and they didn't!

ThePhilistine
January 31, 2013
5:37 p.m.

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This type of forum should have been held before the law was enacted and the peoples input should have been considered. This is not how law should be made and passed in America.

Sparkys_Dad
January 31, 2013
5:55 p.m.

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ThePhilistine-- Yes! Where was the necessity? Where was the emergency? Crying wolf is not a good way to govern. I liked the way Gov. Cuomo handled the Hurricane Sandy tragedy (I was kinda proud, actually) but now he went over the top. He no longer has my support. I was told you don't mess with the second amendment...it's not negotiable. I thought Andrew Cuomo was one of the good guys. (Sigh.)

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