March 19, 2013

Guns of Essex County debated


“It is becoming an upstate-downstate issue, and that is unfortunate. Not everything in there is bad; the way it was passed was bad. There was no emergency that required instant passage.”

Jackson said there aren’t enough votes in either the State Assembly or Senate to repeal the law, so they’ll have to rely on court challenges to its constitutionality to strike it down.


Lorraine Duvall of Keene said she and several Keene and Willsboro residents have discussed the SAFE Act, and believe the county is acting in haste to call for its repeal.

“(We) call for tabling of the resolution demanding repeal of the SAFE Act,” she said. “Revise the resolution to amend rather than repeal the law. Bring people to talk about different aspects of the law, rather than one aspect of the law.”

Some of those at the session booed Duvall as she left the podium, prompting Douglas to call for order.

Harrison Caner of Keene said he supports some aspects of the SAFE Act.

“I don’t think the ability to have a weapon for other than hunting or personal protection is necessary. I don’t think citizens should have assault rifles, period. Let’s do something that cuts down on the availability of these multiple-shot machine-pistol weapons.”


John Sharkey of Ticonderoga said the law was passed without any public debate.

“It (the U.S. Constitution) keeps getting shredded and shredded and shredded.”

When the speakers had finished, Supervisor Gerald Morrow (D-Chesterfield) said the State Legislature did not follow due process before passing the SAFE Act.

“This resolution (to repeal) was not done in haste. We allowed our constituents to come and speak. The SAFE Act infringes on my rights and the rights of everyone else. I will not abide by this. It should be repealed and start fresh.”

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