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LOCKPORT – After questions were raised this week during a caucus of the Niagara County Legislature’s Republican majority, the local implementation of a federal law that allows retired police officers to carry concealed firearms without a permit was withdrawn from the agenda.

Chairman William L. Ross, C-Wheatfield, said new questions were raised and further study was requested. The measure requires retired officers to pass the same gun safety course that active officers take.

In another matter, the Legislature scheduled public hearings for Dec. 3 on the 2014 budget, which is not expected to come to a vote until Dec. 17. In work sessions Tuesday and Dec. 2, the Legislature will review County Manager Jeffrey M. Glatz’s $333 million proposal. It would reduce the amount to be collected in taxes by 0.52 percent, while reducing the average countywide full-value rate to $7.60 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, a drop of 12 cents.

Legislators also voted to reappoint Samuel M. Ferraro as economic development commissioner for five years.