Erie County legislators have added their voices to a chorus of people across the state calling for the new state gun law to be repealed.
The County Legislature voted, 7 to 4, on Thursday to approve a resolution calling on the state to repeal and revise the New York State SAFE Act of 2013 “in a manner that is respectful of the Second Amendment rights of New Yorkers.”
The resolution calls the new restrictions on military-style guns “overly inclusive and ineffective at reducing gun violence by individuals who use guns legally” and says that some of its provisions “appear to be knee-jerk reactions made without the benefit of appropriate contemplation at best, or, at worst, disingenuous fee grabs cloaked as security measures.”
Members of the County Legislature’s minority caucus sought to pass the resolution today as other county legislatures, including Niagara County, have done in recent days.
“There’s a lot of good in what the governor has done in this law, and we recognize that in our resolution,” Legislator Edward A. Rath III, an Amherst Republican, said during a Legislature caucus meeting Thursday morning. “There also are some things that we need to repeal.”
The legislators who voted for the resolution included Rath, Minority Leader John J. Mills, R-Orchard Park; and Legislators Kevin R. Hardwick, R-Town of Tonawanda; Lynne M. Dixon, I-Hamburg; Joseph C. Lorigo, C-West Seneca; Terrence D. McCracken, D-Lancaster; and Thomas A. Loughran, D-Amherst.
The Legislature also unanimously approved a resolution calling on the state to address concerns about the cost to the county of implementing provisions in the new law related to mental health, record keeping and public safety.