The state’s new gun safety law is getting a cold reception in Schoharie County where the Board of Supervisors is calling for a repeal of new restrictions seen as an intrusion on Constitutional rights.
Supervisor Larry Bradt, R-Carlisle, issued a lengthy rebuke against the state’s changes during the board’s meeting Friday, calling on residents and officials to sign on to a petition calling for a repeal of “this crazy law.”
Bradt, chairman of the board’s Law Enforcement Committee, said passing a law that impacts so many people without public comment robs residents of due process.
“This is one of the reasons the people in this state don’t trust government,” he said.
He read a letter into the board’s record decrying the loss of rights law-abiding gun owners will suffer with the ban on assault weapons, limits on ammunition and new registration requirements he said criminals won’t follow.
Bradt wants the law, dubbed the NY SAFE Act — for Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement — to be known as the “Second Amendment Fatality Enactment.”
“Gun control laws mean nothing at all to a person intent on committing murder and inducing self-inflicting harm to themselves. Unfortunately, the law-abiding citizen loses again,” Bradt said.
The discussion on the state’s quick action that followed the massacre in Newtown, Conn., led to a lengthy discussion on the ability locally to enforce more laws.
Supervisor Earl Van Wormer III said the NY SAFE act is another example of government’s continued attempt to address issues by writing laws.
“Every time you turn around somebody is creating a new law,” he said.
Supervisor James Buzon, D-Middleburgh, said passing a law “in the middle of the night” casts doubt on the lawmaking process and sets a “dangerous precedent.”
The board agreed to draft a resolution opposing the NY SAFE Act, though the vote wasn’t unanimous. Supervisors Sandy Manko, D-Sharon and J. Carl Barbic, D-Seward, voted against the measure.
Supervisor Gene Milone, D-Schoharie, voted in favor of opposing the act but for another reason.
He described the law as a “knee-jerk” reaction and said his biggest problem with it is that the law doesn’t do enough to address guns that are already in people’s possession.