posted on February 20, 2013 17:14
The Public Service Committee of the Genesee County legislature has approved a resolution to be sent to the full legislature opposing the NY Safe Act. The vote is scheduled next week for repeal of the law which officials around the state say was too hastily enacted and infringes on constitutional rights.
“This all has tremendous implications for those of us who are gun owners and support Second Amendment rights," Legislator Ray Cianfrini, chair of the Public Service Committee said. "I don’t know how else to say it was shoved down our throats.”
Twenty-one counties in the state, according to County Clerk Don Read, have already enacted the resolution condemning the Act, or have proposed doing so.
Read says his office normally receives about 20 pistol permit requests a month in winter, but in January he received 65. Read says his office has also been swarmed with pistol permit owners seeking opt-out forms to keep their information private.
“Our phones are ringing at least three times as much as they normally ring," Read said. "We have many times during the day when all five staff members on that side of the office are working on nothing but pistol permits.”
“I don’t see how we can continue to keep up the pace which is already running down the staff. The tension and the stress of lines going out the door has really been difficult. Some of these people (coming in the office) are very irate – at us.”
Governor Cuomo pushed through the legislation following the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting in December, hoping to make New York, he said, a leader in gun control legislation.
The state associations of sheriff’s and county clerks, among other groups, have already denounced the law.