PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION Tuesday, January 23, 2013.

The Town of Wilton Republican Committee announced today its unanimous adoption of a resolution opposing new gun restrictions: “No new laws ought to be passed which further restrict the rights of law abiding New Yorkers to possess firearms. We endorse and uphold the 2nd Amendment to the United States Constitution: A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” The Committee is asking other Saratoga County GOP Town and City Committees, to join us in adopting it. More importantly, however, is its call for all New Yorkers, irrespective of party affiliation, to join in protecting fundamental Constitutional rights. Town Chairman and County Vice-Chairman Scott Kingsley said, “Our right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental right that transcends party politics. I hope all New Yorkers will join us in defending it.” Before the recently passed legislation, New York State already had some of the toughest gun-control laws in the country. For example, New Yorkers can not possess a handgun without a permit, issued only after a thorough police and judicial investigation, which sometimes takes up to 6 months or more. No New Yorker with a felony conviction or a history of mental illness hospitalization may possess any firearm. And, no pistol permit issued in upstate NY is valid in NYC. The Committee called for a renewed commitment by politicians, judges, and police to strictly enforce the laws that were already on the books. The right to bear arms is set forth in the 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution. It was authored by Thomas Jefferson, who insisted it be added to the draft of the constitution being considered as a condition of his support. In fact the American Revolution began when the British attempted to seize the arms stored by Patriots at Concord and Lexington. We ought not to support the seizure, even by attrition, of firearms today, 237 years later. Chairman Kingsley also questioned why the Saratoga Springs Board of Education on why they would discuss what events should or should not go on at the Saratoga Springs City Center, a separate Government entity that the Board of Education has no management of. "Mr. Palumbo should stick to educating our children instead of trying to kill legal business activities that he personally disproves Speaking of educating of children: Our school district covers a geographically diverse area which includes urban, suburban, and rural populations where many weapons are legally and responsibly owned. Shouldn't a well rounded education include how to react if they stumble across a weapon, handle one safely and be respectful of all firearms? (These activities are all activities of firearm professionals?) Trying to shelter our children form reality will only lead to a tragedy." For more information: Chairman Scott Kingsley at 852-5132, or at Wiltonnygop@gmail.com. Chairman Kingsley is a Wilton native and a 1991 graduate of Saratoga Springs High School.