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Forum held to explain new NY Safe Act


SCHENECTADY - It was standing room only inside the Schenectady County public library where gun owners had the chance to address their questions and concerns regarding the New York Safe Act directly to State Police and the Division of Criminal Justice Services. The public wasted no time.

"Even if I register it I can't pass the deer rifle that I harvested my first deer with onto my kids? Because when I die that rifle needs to be turned over and destroyed, is that correct?" one gun owner asked.

" I know that's near and dear to a lot of people's hearts," state police representative said.

"What constitutes a large quantity ammunition purchase?," a gun owner asked.

" There's no trick number thats going to alert the authorities to say go check out this guy," a state police representative said.

This forum just one of at least eight held this week across upstate new york, trying to clarify what some consider to be confusing or complicated in the new gun control legislation. But despite the questions about how it will work, some seemed fixed on expressing their opinions.

"I do not believe this law will save one life," a gun owner said and the audience erupted in applause.

"The conventional wisdom among the legislators, our leaders is that this will lessen the ability of those who use those add ons to be more efficient as an active shooter," a State Police spokesman said.

When that didn't work, State Police explained they weren't behind the legislation, merely trying to explain how it would be enforced.

"The effective dates of various provisions in the law occur over time so it gives people the opportunity to access what are their personal circumstances and how do I adjust to this," Tom Capezza, NYS Police Council said.

This was the last scheduled forum but state police said more could be held moving forward.

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