Local lawmakers oppose new state gun control law

Though polls have shown that the residents of the state are in favor of gun control legislation like NY SAFE Act, DeFrancisco said many people have contacted him from his district about the new law and the reaction has been overwhelmingly negative.

DeFrancisco said he supports measures such as increasing penalties for people stealing guns, trafficking guns and committing crimes with guns and keeping guns out of the hands of people with mental illness, but NY SAFE Act won’t solve the bigger problem just by banning certain types of weapons.

Finch said in a statement on his website, that this law would not address the bigger problems that are behind violent acts.

“I am disappointed, however, that our governor and my colleagues in the state legislature failed to take advantage of this opportunity to address the underlying causes of violence in our schools, such as bullying, alcohol and drug abuse, video games depicting brutality as acceptable behavior, highly charged lyrics in the music our youth enjoy, and the breakdown of healthy family relationships and friendships,” he said.

Finch also stated that the bill was put together hastily without public hearings and violates citizens’ second amendment rights to bear firearms.

The group of people that will be most effected by these new regulations will be legal and responsible gun owners, not criminals, said Skaneateles Rod and Gun Club President Dick Perkins.

Perkins said he believes in the old adage “guns don’t kill people, people do.” “We as a gun club don’t call them weapons because we don’t use them in that status, we use them as a form of entertainment, as a sport. Police officers and military use weapons,” he said.

Perkins said the rod and gun club will join with the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, National Rifle Association and other gun clubs in the state in protesting NY SAFE Act through writing letters to state legislators.

In addition to nysafeact.com, the state has also established a hotline at 1-855-LAW-GUNS, to answer questions about the new law. The hotline is staffed Monday through Friday by state police officers, according to a release from the state.

Joe Genco is editor of the Skaneateles Press. He can be reached at editor@skaneatelespress.com.

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