WHEREAS, Chapter 1 of the Laws of 2013, known as the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (NY SAFE) Act was enacted by the State of New York, and WHEREAS, The Association of Counties has identified financial impacts from the NY SAFE Act which will negatively impact the budget of Albany County and the other counties in New York State, and WHEREAS, The New York State Association of Counties has passed a resolution, attached hereto, encouraging the New York State Legislature “to hold public hearings to address the impact of this new law and the issue of gun violence in a way that will produce meaningful results”, and WHEREAS, The Association of Counties resolution requests the Legislature and Governor work with counties to amend Chapter 1 of the Laws of 2013; and WHEREAS, The New York State Association of County Clerks has issued a Position Statement, a copy of which is attached, identifying impacts upon County Clerks, modifications to traditional responsibilities in the pistol permit process and hand gun record keeping, and unfunded mandates associated with this legislation, and WHEREAS, Over 38 counties in the State of New York have issued resolutions with concerns pertaining to the NY SAFE Act, including the impacts upon citizen’s rights, as delineated by the Second Amendment of the United States of America and the New York State Civil Rights Law, and the manner in which the legislation was enacted, and WHEREAS, Members of the mental health community are unsure of the impact of the NY SAFE Act and their ability to provide services to their constituents once the responsibilities of this legislation are clearly identified and the costs to current budgets and operations calculated, and WHEREAS, Many towns in the State of New York, including towns in the County of Albany, have passed, or are considering, resolutions and proclamations pertaining to concerns these municipal leaders have about the NY SAFE Act and its terms, and WHEREAS, Some law enforcement personnel have indicated they will not be enforcing the provisions of the NY SAFE Act while various police agencies, sheriff’s offices, and patrolmen’s benevolent organizations have issued letters, proclamations and resolutions identifying concerns with the legislation, and WHEREAS, The NY SAFE Act, as originally enacted, has no exemptions for law enforcement agencies such as the Albany County Sheriff’s Office and its deputies, and

WHEREAS, We, Legislators of the County of Albany, endeavor to work with our constituents to address the pressing concerns of their lives as may be permitted by our Charter and the fiscal realities within which we live, and WHEREAS, We, as Legislators of the County of Albany, have no jurisdiction to modify the NY SAFE Act and understand the horrors that spurred our State Legislature to react by passing such legislation but, nevertheless, believe there is now a need to address the concerns of our constituents, as partly described above, THEREFORE, WE PROCLAIM AS FOLLOWS: New York State must repeal the NY SAFE Act because its provisions are burdensome to our constituents and this county’s government constitutionally, fiscally (as an unfunded mandate) and practically, yet are unlikely to provide a palpable benefit in the fight against violence and those individuals who are likely to be the cause of same.

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