Broome GOP Legislators: New gun control law 'disservice to democracy'

By Sam Gaddes

Broome GOP Legislators: New gun control law 'disservice to democracy'

March 7, 2013 Updated Mar 7, 2013 at 5:42 PM EDT

Town of Dickinson, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Broome County Republicans say the state's new gun control law was pushed through too quickly, is not in the best interests of the public and has left agencies at the local level with an unfair burden of enforcement.

The county's GOP legislators -- together with Republican County Sheriff David Harder and county Mental Health Commissioner Art Johnson -- presented their opposition to the New York SAFE Act during a press conference Thursday

Lawmakers say they will work to pass a resolution to send a message to the state: The law should be revisited, and opened up for public comment.

Among the concerns aired Thursday are additional permit and mental health reporting work that diverts staff from other duties. The resolution also states the complexity of the firearms law leaves unanswered questions or provisions open to interpretation.

"The SAFE Act that was pushed through the New York State Legislature infringes on the rights of New Yorkers, and its passage is a disservice to democracy and free and open debate," said Republican Broome County Executive.

Preston is calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state representatives to repeal the NY SAFE Act, and replace it with legislation crafted with more public input.

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