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Fenner town board formally opposes state gun law

— The town of Fenner has joined the ranks of an increasing number of municipalities around New York to formally oppose the state’s recent gun restriction law — and recently received support for its move from local Assemblyman Bill Magee.

The Fenner Town Board approved Resolution No. 2, “Opposing the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Act of 2013” at its regular February meeting.

The resolution declares the law “fundamentally alters or abridges the right to keep and bear arms without addressing the problem of gun violence,” that it creates an environment hostile to gun manufacture and ownership and imposes burdensome new regulations on legal gun owners. It calls upon the state legislature and the governor to “annul this ill-conceived and poorly drafted statute.”

Copies of the resolution were sent to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, State Senator David Valesky, Magee, the chairman of the Madison County Board of Supervisors and the New York State Association of Towns.

Magee responded in a Feb. 21 letter to the Fenner Town Board with his support for their resolution and his statement of the fact that he voted against the gun law when it came up for a vote in the state assembly.

The board has received no other responses to its resolution, said Town Clerk Joanne Buyea at the board’s March 13 meeting.

According to the National Association of Counties, as of March 8, 37 of the state’s 58 counties had passed resolutions calling on Cuomo and the state legislature to amend or repeal the law. A listing of all towns and counties that have acted either in opposition to or support of the NY SAFE Act is listed on the NY SAFE Resolutions website, nysaferesolutions.com, which was created specifically to documents municipality and organization resolutions on the law.

While numerous other municipalities throughout the state have approved similar resolutions opposing the gun law, Fenner is the only town in the Cazenovia school district area to have done so. Cazenovia and Nelson have not taken any action.

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