County Lawmaker Protests State's Gun Laws
A "Brown Bess" dating back to the 1760s hangs on the wall, a rifle once used in the Civil War.
It's American history, a centerpiece and a source of motivation.
"That is the full thrust of why I want to be the one to draft a resolution and to be the most active and vocal on this," said Jefferson County Legislator John Peck.
Peck is drafting a resolution opposing NY SAFE, the law passed last month that stiffens the state's already strict gun control laws.
The resolution is similar to what other counties across the state have passed.
"Who is really going to abide by this law?," he asks. "The law-abiding citizens of the state of New York."
"Criminals do not care what law you pass," he said. "A criminal is a criminal because they disobey the law."
Peck opposes extra fees on background checks for ammunition and is against magazines being trimmed from 10 to seven rounds.
With his ancestor's rifle hanging over his mantle, Peck says new limitations on semi-automatic rifles simply hit too close to home.
"It's legal for them to own and use during their lifetime, but upon their death it must be destroyed," he said.
"They can not pass it on to the next generation. That is a very broad and overreaching law."
Other legislators were unavailable for comment. Peck says his next goal is to form a committee and move forward in what he calls his fight against tyranny.
Monday, March 2, 2015, Watertown, NY
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