Saturday: Opposition Mounts In St. Lawrence County To Gun Act
Opponents of the state's new gun control law will make their case during the coming week.
St. Lawrence County legislator Joseph Lightfoot plans to present a committee of the county legislature with a resolution Monday night opposing the gun control law.
A similar measure is coming up for a vote by the full Jefferson County legislature. Several counties in the state have already gone on record opposing the gun control law.
Though he acknowledged some parts of the law, called the SAFE Act, may be valuable, as a whole "I look at it as a violation of our constitutional rights. I look at it as making criminals out of law abiding citizens," Lightfoot said.
Meanwhile, at a gun show sponsored by the West Potsdam fire department this weekend, an anti-gun control petition was drawing signatures.
"People have been really happy to sign it and people are looking to sign it," said Dean Laubsher of the West Potsdam fire department.
Public opposition to the gun law is likely to crest in the coming week with a large rally in Albany on Thursday, a rally which will draw gun rights advocates from northern New York. However, the law is unlikely to be changed by the state legislature, given that Governor Cuomo engineered the law, and it is popular in the downstate dominated state assembly. Given that, gun rights groups are turning to the courts as a possible way to overturn or modify the law.
Thursday, May 26, 2016, Watertown, NY
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