ALBANY – Lawmakers in Albany will be hearing from a lot of county governments in the coming weeks. More than two dozen county legislatures across New York State – including Erie and Cattaraugus Counties – have formally condemned New York’s new gun-control law – the SAFE Act. In addition, the Chautauqua County Legislature is ready to approve a motion calling for the repeal of the law next week.
According to a report in today’s Buffalo News, the county lawmakers from across Upstate New York have called the new law everything from an infringement on Second Amendment rights to legislation stacked with costly state-imposed mandates.
Opposition to the law, which pollsters say has contributed to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent noticeable drop in poll ratings, appears only to be intensifying the emotional debate over gun control.
The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association – which is affiliated with the National Rifle Association – says the issue will not go away and is set to file a lawsuit in the next 10 days challenging the new law. The lawsuit will come about the same time as a rally next Thursday in Albany that organizers say could draw thousands.
The Chautauqua County Legislature will vote on a motion calling for the repeal of the law, which is sponsored by Fred Croscut (R-Sherman) during its monthly voting session next Wednesday night.