"It's not right to have the rights and civil liberties of the people of New York taken away in the middle of the night without any sort of discussion without any sort of input from anybody," John Peck, (R) Jefferson County Legislator in an interview with YNN. "It's like having the rug pulled out from underneath you."
"Pretty much everything about this law that they passed is so open to interpretation if you a pistol because it has a pistol grip, now it's an assault weapon. So it’s just horribly written, rushed through and not thought out," Robert Ferris, (R) Jefferson County Legislator
The St. Lawrence County Board of Legislators were scheduled to debate a similar resolution yesterday and to hold a public forum. But, the measure was delayed with the public forum rescheduled for next Monday.
The legislators wanted more time to review both the SAFE Act and the county resolution. In explaining the decision, Legislator Joe Lightfoot stated "we didn't want to rush this through like the bill was rushed through."
The SAFE Act legislation was pushed through both chambers in Albany in just a few hours. Most state senators and assembly members had less than one hour to read the bill before it was called to a vote.
The public forum is rescheduled for Monday, Feb 25 at 5:30 p.m.
In the brief discussion on the SAFE Act in yesterday's session, Legislator Pacquin stated "in upstate New York, the law doesn't seem to make sense."
Passage of the NY's SAFE Act has been met with widespread opposition from across the state. Cities, town and county legislators have passed resolutions calling for the law's repeal and county sheriffs have made public statements against it.
A 2nd Amendment rally is planned in Albany on Feb. 28th to protest the law, sponsored in part by the National Rifle Association. More than 100 opponents to the law participated in a protest at the Ogdensburg AMVETS Post 19 as a fund raiser for the march in Albany.
The Watertown 9-12 Project is organizing buses to transport 2nd Amendment supporters to the "Civil Rights – 2nd Amendment Rally" at noon at the Legislative Building, 80 Swan Street, Albany as well. In an email campaign to support this protest march, the 9-12 Project called it "an invitation and calling to take action and do something about our run away government that doesn't want to obey the Constitution of NY and the United States of America."
Opposition to the law stems as much from the method that Governor Cuomo used to push the bill through as from the actual provisions of the bill. The bill was passed by the NY State Senate and Assembly on Jan 15, after most lawmakers had less than an hour to read and debate it.
The St. Lawrence County Board of Legislators meets in the court house, 48 Court Street, Canton.
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