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Crawford opposes gun law

May 15th, 2013

The Town of Crawford has added their voices to the growing clamor against the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Act recently signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo in response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

“Too often politicians rush to pass laws in response to events,” said Crawford Town Supervisor Charles Carnes. “More laws are not necessarily needed and we should enforce what is already law and only make changes that are necessary.”

Carnes’ sentiments were echoed by the Crawford Town Board, which recently voted unanimously (5-0) to pass a resolution “to support the Second Amendment.”

That resolution stated, in part, that the legislation infringes on the right to keep and bear arms and “would ban the possession and use of firearms now employed by individual citizens of the Town of Crawford for defense of Life, Liberty and Property and would ban the possession and use of firearms now employed for safe forms of firearms recreation, hunting and shooting conducted within the Town of Crawford.”

The NY SAFE Act was passed by the NYS Senate on Jan. 14 and by the State Assembly the following day. The governor signed the bill into law half an hour later.

Carnes called the new law “rushed and flawed.” The resolution passed by the board asserted that the law was “passed hastily, without adequate time for review by legislators and public debate, nor due consideration to the consequences.”

The resolution concluded that “there is no documented correlation between gun control measures and crime reduction” and the board believes “there are many other more effective methods that would effectively control, manage and reduce violence in our society such as mental health reforms, anti-bullying programs for schools, enforcement of existing firearms laws to the fullest extent possible and proper psychological counseling for those in need or who request it.”

The resolution has been sent to President Barack Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden, Senator Charles Schumer, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator William Larkin and Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney.

“You cannot regulate good behavior and the people in many of the recent events are not going to follow the laws anyway,” said Carnes. “Many times [they] have other social and mental issues that will not be solved by passing new laws. Slowly over time many laws chip away at our rights that were granted to us with the Second Amendment, [the NY SAFE Act] being one such example.”

It’s not just the town officials speaking out either, as a “Freedom Rally” is being organized by local residents to take place this Sunday, May 19 at the Town of Crawford Park pavilion in Bullville. The rally, a joint effort by local members of New York Oath Keepers and Women for the Second Amendment, will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. and includes speakers, local artists, music and refreshments. The event is open to the public. For more information, contact Sheryl Thomas at: (845) 800-6601.


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