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Greene County lawmakers vote to take a stand against NY Safe Act

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CATSKILL, NY -- In Greene County, gun ownership is viewed as valued tradition for many residents including Tom Gentalen.

"I have a couple of shotguns, a couple of .22, rifles and also a handgun," he said.
 
If a new bill passes as law in the state in New York, Tom may have to get liability insurance for those firearms.

"We're oppsosing that before it gets to the floor," said Wayne Speenburgh, the chairman of the Greene County Legislature.
 
On Wednesday, Greene County Legislatures voted unanimously for a resolution that strongly opposes the bill and any other laws that would require gun owners to be insured which runs anywhere from $125 to $200 a year.
 
"The hassle involved would be the thing as soon as you're insured you'd have to register it," said Gentalen. "Making it very hard to have and own a firearm."
 
As opposition continues to grow from gun owners, the county board members also voted on another resolution; asking the state to revisit gun legislation and repeal the NY Safe Act. "I would hope the governor is listening and understands he's awakened a sleeping giant," said Speenburgh.
 
As each member voted, only one single no vote was heard from county legislature Vincent Ceeley. "It's 2013 there are things we'll have to do to ensure we are all safe," he told NEWS10.

The resolution passed with the majoirty voting yes. The resolution points out that lawmakers did not have time to recieve input from the citizens they serve, along with the financial impact it may have on Greene County to implement the law.

The county is now requesting members of the State Senate and Assembly to revisit the issue of gun legislation.
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