March 19, 2013

Guns of Essex County debated


Before the vote to ask for repeal, Supervisor Edward Hatch (D-Willsboro) moved to table the resolution, and it failed, 15 to 2 — with only Hatch and Supervisor Daniel Connell (D-Westport) in support.

He was one of two supervisors to vote against repeal.

“I feel strongly about this issue. It’s more important to me to vote my conscience. I would vote in a second to amend this (law); I will not vote to repeal it.

“When is the next tragedy going to happen in our schools?”


Supervisor Sue Montgomery Corey (D-Minerva) said she’s heard from those on both sides of the issue.

“Our vote tonight is symbolic. SAFE Act or no SAFE Act, there is no absolute safety. There are some good things in it; there are some things needing correction.”

Essex County Sheriff Richard Cutting gave a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation on the SAFE Act before the public comment portion of the meeting.

Cutting said the purpose of the act is to keep felons and mental patients from getting guns, and ban high-capacity magazines and assault rifles.

“We need to keep guns out of the hands of people who will create havoc with them,” Cutting said.

But the law goes too far, he said.

“We need to speak out and be heard on this law, and work within our system in order to affect change to achieve a document that does what it’s supposed to do.”


Franklin and Clinton County legislatures have already passed resolutions in opposition to the SAFE Act, as have more than 50 other counties.

Under the board’s weighted vote system, the resolution to repeal passed 2,552 to 268, with Preston’s 101 votes absent.

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