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Saugerties Resolution Regarding NY SAFE Act

Saugerties Resolution Regarding NY SAFE Act

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Published by Daily Freeman
Adopted March 20, 2013
Adopted March 20, 2013

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RESOLUTION NO. OF 2013CONCERNING THE NEW YORK SAFE ACT WHEREAS
, the right of the people to keep and bear arms isguaranteed as an individual right under the Second Amendment tothe United States Constitution; and
 WHEREAS
, the right of the people to keep and bear arms fordefense of life, liberty, and property is regarded as aninalienable right by the people of the Town of Saugerties; and
 WHEREAS
, the lawful ownership of firearms is, and has been,a valued tradition in Saugerties, and the rights protected by theSecond Amendment to the United States Constitution are exercisedby many of our residents; and
 WHEREAS
, the people of the Town of Saugerties deriveeconomic and environmental benefits from all safe forms ofrecreation involving firearms, including, but not limited to,hunting and target shooting, under the Constitution of the UnitedStates; and
 WHEREAS
, there is a need to reduce gun-related carnage, andto limit the ability of those who might engage in frenziedkilling to possess military-style weapons built to inflict masscasualties; and
 WHEREAS
, there is a need for tougher gun laws that respectthe right of law-abiding citizens’ to possess weapons forhunting, sport and self-protection; and
 WHEREAS
, members of the Saugerties Town Board, being elected
 
to represent the people of the Town of Saugerties, are duly swornby their oath of office to uphold the Constitution of the UnitedStates; and
 WHEREAS
, members of the New York State Assembly and the NewYork State Senate, being elected by the people of New York State,are duly sworn by their oath of office to uphold the Constitutionof the United States; and
 WHEREAS
, the enactment of the NY SAFE Act (Chapter 1) of theLaws of 2013) has engendered significant controversy over boththe process by which it was enacted and certain provisionscontained within it; and
 WHEREAS
, seeking and considering, such public input is astandard to which we hold ourselves in the Town of Saugerties andis essential to the function of a democratic society; and
 WHEREAS
, crafting the NY SAFE Act resulted in complex policychanges, many of which have been left up to interpretation, andmay be confusing even to the State Legislators who voted on themand the law enforcement officials who are required to enforce andexplain them; and
 WHEREAS
, those firearm magazines with a capacity larger thanseven rounds, which are authorized to be retained by existingowners, may only be loaded with seven rounds and eventually mustbe permanently altered to only accept seven rounds; and
 WHEREAS
, this legislation does not fully take intoconsideration, the functions, procedures and capacity of law
 
enforcement, to respond to emergencies; and
 WHEREAS
, this legislation may represent a reduction incurrent carrying capacity of police officer’s weapon ammunition;and
 WHEREAS
, this legislation may render obsolete firearmsissued by the Saugerties Police Department to its officers withno recompense or financial compensation provided to the Town toupgrade weapons; and
 WHEREAS
, the failure to include funding in this legislationfor replacement of compliant firearms in local police departmentsmay cause a significant financial hardship on the Town ofSaugerties as an unfunded state mandate; and
 WHEREAS
, the failure to include funding in this legislationfor local law enforcement personnel time to collect guns recentlydeclared illegal, store illegal guns and arrange their finaldisposition, may cause a significant financial hardship on theTown of Saugerties as an unfunded state mandate; and
 WHEREAS
, this legislation fails to provide funds andresources for specialized training of school personnel, localemergency first responders, and law enforcement personnel, torespond to and prevent school violence events, such as theincident that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School inNewtown, Connecticut;
 NOW, THEREFORE, BE ITRESOLVED
, that the Town of Saugerties does request the NY

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