Erie County Legislature
Thursday, February 21, 2013 – For immediate release
Contact – Steven Whipple, Operations Director, 858-8528
Erie County Minority Caucus Resolution opposing NY SAFE Act approved, calls on Albany to repeal law
(Buffalo, NY) – Today, the Erie County Legislature, led by the Minority Caucus, became the largest county to date in opposition of New York State’s SAFE Act. The resolution, asking for full repeal of the law, passed the legislature in a 7-4 vote that crossed party lines.
“Today’s resolution lets Albany know that Erie County remains a place in the state where one’s Second Amendment rights are respected,” said Minority Leader John Mills. “The SAFE Act lacked transparency, lacked input from constituents, and lacked common sense. Counties throughout New York State are in opposition to this bill. We are hopeful Albany will repeal, revisit and revise this bill so that we have legislation that doesn’t infringe on the rights of legal gun owners.”
The resolution was co-sponsored and introduced by Minority Leader Mills (Republican), Legislator Joseph Lorigo (Conservative), Legislator Kevin Hardwick (Republican), Legislator Edward Rath (Republican), and Legislator Lynne Dixon (Independent).
“I received hundreds of calls and emails in opposition to the SAFE Act from Erie County residents. Unfortunately, the state didn’t allow residents that same opportunity. The law was jammed through Albany by executive legislative gimmicks and without input from New York State residents, leaving gun owners unsure of what this law actually means to them. It created more questions than answers and that’s unacceptable,” said Legislator Joseph Lorigo.
“Reason and common sense is allowing the public to review legislation and give their input, that’s democracy. Forcing through a bill in days is what we’ve come to expect in Albany. It’s disappointing to me and the residents of New York State,” said Legislator Edward Rath.
“I want to thank the community for all of their calls and emails over the past few days on our resolution in opposition to the SAFE act,” said Legislator Kevin Hardwick. “I also want to thank those New York State legislators who stood up for the rights of law-abiding gun owners and voted against this legislation in Albany. It was the right thing to do and they should be applauded for taking a stand.”
“We need to make sure the concerns of law enforcement officers and the general public are addressed. Repealing this law would allow our state leaders to address the problem and go after the real issues involving gun violence.” said Legislator Lynne Dixon.