Committee Approves Resolution Opposing Gun Law

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It was a big turnout for a county board of legislators committee meeting, bringing in people who oppose the New York Safe Act.

They got what they wanted when the Jefferson County general services committee voted unanimously to oppose the new law that puts tighter restrictions on assault weapons and high capacity magazines.

Legislator Robert Ferris, who helped draft the legislation, says the New York Safe Act was rushed through Albany and doesn't reflect the opinions of the people he represents.

"Do things properly," he said, which is what he expects state lawmakers to do.

"We're expected to do things properly on a local level and we represent our constituents and our constituents, clearly, don't support this law."

Legislator John Peck wrote the first draft of the resolution.

"If you want to have a discussion about gun violence, then do so," Peck said. "Don't just pass a law without anybody's input."

If the resolution passes the full board next month, Jefferson will join several other counties opposing the new state law.

Ferris believes eventually enough counties will speak up and the state will have to listen.

"Probably by the end of March, I expect almost 30 counties to have this same type of resolution passed," he said, "and I expect it to move through the state."

"We're all on top of this now," he said.

The resolution is expected to by approved unanimously by the full board next month.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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