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Letter: It is a fact that many oppose NY SAFE Act

It is a fact that many oppose NY SAFE Act

I take issue with the assertion by New Yorkers Against Gun Violence that Sen. Patrick Gallivan and others are being disingenuous when they assert the NY SAFE Act is overwhelmingly opposed upstate. Shortly after the bill was passed, 52 of the 62 New York counties passed resolutions in opposition. The law was poorly written, enacted outside the normal legislative process and had to be amended because it criminalized law enforcement officers who carry firearms with larger capacity than allowed for civilian use. Other provisions were, in fact, struck down by the courts.

Gallivan previously served as Erie County sheriff. While his colleagues in the Sheriffs Association were rightly in favor of some of the provisions in the SAFE Act, they were clear in their concerns with the provisions of the “assault” weapon ban and definition. “We believe that the new definition of assault weapons is too broad, and prevents the possession of many weapons that are legitimately used for hunting, target shooting and self-defense. … We are convinced that only law-abiding gun owners will be affected by these new provisions, while criminals will still have and use whatever weapons they want.” Pertaining to the reduction of ammunition magazine capacity: “We believe based on our years of law enforcement experience that this will not reduce gun violence. … The reduction of magazine capacity will not make New Yorkers or our communities safer.”

New Yorkers Against Gun Violence cites polls that show 60 percent of New Yorkers and 90 percent of Americans support laws like the SAFE Act. I wonder if these are the same pollsters who predicted Hillary Clinton would be in the White House?

Gerard F. Edwards

North Collins

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