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Local counties take a stand against SAFE Act

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CAPITAL REGION, N.Y. -- New York passed one of the strictest gun control laws in the country last month and a growing list of counties, sheriffs and municipalities across the state are opposing how quickly legislators passed the New York SAFE Act.

The Senate and Assembly passed the bill within just 20 minutes on January 15 bypassing the state's 3-day window of time allotted for lawmakers to examine the bill. 

To date, six counties-- Ulster, Lewis, Oswego, Warren, Washington and Madison-- have passed resolutions calling for a repeal of the law, with several other counties pending.

Now the boards of supervisors in Washington and Warren Counties have passed resolutions condemning how Governor Cuomo and the legislature introduced and passed the SAFE Act without allowing for public debate.

This comes after lawmakers in two other local governments -- Schoharie and Greene Counties -- are also voicing their opposition.

Many say the SAFE Act passed the legislature so quickly because of possible pressure from Governor Cuomo.

The Ulster County legislature is also voting on a similar resolution -- opposing how the legislature handled the introduction and passage of the SAFE Act.    

Before the vote, there will be a public information session at the Ulster Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m.

Bill Loeb, Warren Co. Supervisor, 4th Ward says, "I cannot explain why they did it, make this happen expeditiously."

Gun control opponents-- including the NRA-- are planning to voice their concerns at a "2nd Amendment Rally" at the Capitol February 28.

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