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Lewis legislators to take a second shot at gun law

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LOWVILLE — Lewis County legislators in early February became one of the first county boards to take aim at the state’s new gun law.

Later today, they are expected to fire another shot at the controversial law — which nearly all upstate counties have since passed resolutions opposing — and any similar legislation at the federal level.

“We haven’t given up, and we’re more sure of ourselves,” said Michael A. Tabolt, R-Croghan, chairman of the Board of Legislators.

A resolution to be introduced at the legislators’ 5 p.m. meeting essentially mirrors the one adopted by a 10-0 vote at their Feb. 5 meeting.

However, the new one additionally states that the legislature “does hereby affirm support of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and the respective rights afforded to our residents and opposes attempts to infringe upon those rights” and expresses opposition to any federal laws that would further restrict those rights.

While somewhat redundant, the idea for a second resolution was brought up at the March 13 special meeting by Legislator Richard C. Lucas, R-Barnes Corners, who introduced the original resolution, as a way to keep the county’s opposition in the forefront.

“It started at the last meeting,” Mr. Tabolt said.

The chairman said he has also had county residents ask him when Lewis County is going to oppose the NY SAFE Act, even though it actually did so two months ago.

“We did it so fast, nobody noticed,” Mr. Tabolt said.

Like the February resolution, the new one calls on the state Legislature and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to “set aside and annul this ill-conceived and poorly drafted statute which abridges the rights of law-abiding citizens of the State of New York.”

It takes issue with the rapid passage of the state law without public hearings and complains about the reclassification of many firearms as assault weapons and increasingly burdensome registration requirements for gun owners.

It also suggests that reducing the limit of rounds in a firearm from 10 to seven is “arbitrary and capricious,” has no correlation to public safety and unduly burdens gun owners and manufacturers; that criminals will not comply with the high-capacity magazine ban, anyhow; and that police officers now will be put in position to “confiscate the previously lawfully owned property of an American citizen without just compensation.”

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