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February 16, 2017


Legislature Renews Call for Repeal of NY SAFE Act and Recertification

The Rensselaer County Legislature approved two resolutions at the February 14 meeting supporting the Second Amendment, advocating for repeal of the unpopular NY SAFE Act and cancellation of the required recertification by pistol owners by votes along party lines.

Rensselaer County was among the first county to oppose the NY SAFE Act following sudden approval of the law in 2013. Members of the majority in the County Legislature said at the time the state law was an infringement on constitutional rights and do little to improve public safety.

Four years later, legislators said their concerns about the law have been proven right.

“The NY SAFE Act has not made New Yorkers safer and is an unfair restriction on the constitutional rights of state residents. The law is also a burden on law enforcement and government,” said Legislator Todd Tesman.

“Many Rensselaer County residents from all walks of life are law-abiding gun owners. Sadly, the NY SAFE Act has wrongly made some of these residents criminals, and unfairly caused confusion and disruption across the state,” said Legislator Leon Fiacco.

“All constitutional rights deserve to be protected. The NY SAFE Act was approved with little debate, with no public notice and there has been little to no proof the law makes anyone safer,” said Legislator Kelly Hoffman.

The resolution requesting a repeal of the NY SAFE Act was approved by a 10-5 vote. All Republicans present voted in favor of the resolution and all Democrats present voted in opposition.

Legislators also approved a resolution seeking cancellation of recertification by pistol permit owners. That resolution was also approved by a 10-5 vote. All Republicans also voted in favor of the resolution and all Democrats present also voted in opposition.

Majority legislators said the recertification, which is required under the NY SAFE Act, is unnecessary as much of the information is already on file in counties across the state.

“The recertification is duplicative and unfair, and also will end up costing taxpayers money to implement. And just like the SAFE Act, there is little to no benefit to public safety,” said Legislator Robert Loveridge.