Ulster lawmakers duel over gun law


By Jay Braman Jr.
With the dust barely settled after a local ruckus over new state gun laws in Shandaken (see related story above), a larger dust-up is expected in Kingston next week when the Ulster County Legislature mulls passage of a measure that calls for the New York State Safe Act to be brought before a firing squad.

The SAFE Act, enacted last month as a ban on assault weapons, has drawn fire from gun enthusiasts and defenders of the United States Constitution.
Also last month, over 200 people who oppose the new gun laws packed into the legislative chambers demanding that Ulster County lawmakers send a message to Albany that the SAFE Act be repealed.

The Republican majority got the message, and this month, on February 19, the GOP will bring to the floor for vote a resolution entitled “Opposing The Process Of Enactment And Certain Provisions Contained Within The New York SAFE Act.”

The measure states that the Ulster County Legislature considers such laws to be unnecessary and beyond lawful legislative authority granted to our State representatives; and that the Ulster County Legislature strongly encourages members of the New York State Legislature to hold public hearings to address the issue of gun violence in a way that will produce meaningful results.

It also states that the Ulster County Legislature requests the members of the New York State Senate and Assembly who represent all, or part of, Ulster County to reply, in writing, with their views on, and actions taken, in support of, or opposition to, the SAFE Act.
Expected at the session on the 19th are supporters of the SAFE Act, carrying with them the results of an online petition calling for the Ulster County Legislature to support the SAFE Act.

The petition, which can be viewed at http://signon.org/sign/ulster-county-legislature?source=c.url&r_by=15084... urges lawmakers to vote down the anti SAFE Act resolution.
“We, the undersigned people of Ulster County, oppose the Ulster County Legislature’s Draft Resolution No. 0154, “Opposing The Process Of Enactment And Certain Provisions Contained Within The New York SAFE Act,” to be voted on by the full County Legislature on February 19, 2013,” the petition states. “We are concerned about the escalating epidemic of gun violence in our country and support good faith measures, like the New York SAFE Act and President Obama’s initiatives, to curb it.”

On Tuesday the petition had 240 signatures.