Jefferson County Residents Applaud Gun Law Opposition
Jefferson County residents who oppose the New York SAFE Act got up one by one to speak at the county legislature meeting Tuesday night.
The legislators voted unanimously to oppose the state law that puts tighter restrictions on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
The audience applauded.
"They've been taking a little freedoms, but when they start taking guns, that includes Democrats, Republicans and everybody else," gun law opponent John DeWitt said.
"You don't tread on us like that," he said.
"I was raised to believe in the Constitution and our fundamental rights," John Moran said, "and to see my local legislature defend those -- it's awesome."
Legislature chair Carolyn Fitzpatrick says the message to Albany is clear.
"I want the governor to realize that -- take a look at the largeness of New York state and not a small Staten Island and Long Island and the city," she said.
"Look at the rest of us," Fitzpatrick said. "We count and we have voted and we support opposition to the SAFE Act."
Legislator John Peck became emotional when talking about the law during the meeting. He says opposing the SAFE Act is just the first step.
"The right and fight for liberty is one where you always need to be conscious as to what is going on in your own board and those levels above and below you."
Jefferson County joins a majority of New York counties opposing the SAFE Act.
Thursday, May 5, 2016, Watertown, NY
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