March 14, 2013Hon. Andrew M. Cuomo Hon. Dean G. SkelosGovernor of New York State Republican Conference Leader The Capitol Building New York State SenateAlbany, N.Y. 12224 330 The Capitol BuildingAlbany, N.Y. 12247Hon. Jeffery D. Klein Hon. Andrea Stewart CousinsIndependent Democratic Conf. Leader Democratic Conference LeaderNew York State Senate New York State Senate913 Legislative Office Building 907 Legislative Office BuildingAlbany, N.Y. 12247 Albany, N.Y. 12247Hon. Sheldon Silver Hon. Brian M. KolbSpeaker Minority LeaderNew York State Assembly New York State Assembly349 The Capitol Building 933 Legislative Office BuildingAlbany, N.Y. 12248 Albany, N.Y. 12248Dear Sirs and Madam, The New York State Conservation Council wishes to express its opposition to thepassage of the NY SAFE Act of 2013. The SAFE Act is an example of the legislation that results when governments,without any clear understanding of the complexities involved, react precipitouslyto a horrific incident. The desire to “do something” overcomes the preferablepath of dispassionate evaluation of the real problem and a reasoned discussionof solutions. The result is legislation that abridges the rights of the law-abidingmajority and burdens the exercise of those remaining while having little or noimpact on the root cause.For almost five decades, the Council has had clear, consistent positions onfirearms possession and use: To oppose control measures which levy discriminatory or punitivetaxes or fees on the purchase,ownership or use of rifles, shotguns,pistols, and revolvers (hereinafter referred to as firearms).