Gun club president: 'Comply, until we can change it'

By Erika Mahoney

May 3, 2013 Updated May 3, 2013 at 12:09 AM EDT

Oxford, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Nearly four months after New York state passed some of the strictest gun control measures in the nation, many questions remain.

Chenango County residents packed the Oxford Rod and Gun Club Thursday night to try to find answers and a sympathetic ear in Albany.

"I think the politicians make it very, very complicated because they don't know what they are doing," Eileen Youngs said.

Assemblyman Clifford Crouch (R- 122nd) hosted the forum, along with Chenango County Sheriff Ernest Cutting Jr.

Both remain steadfastly against SAFE Act, but believe in making sure their constituents understand the provisions of the law.

'There's a lot of misunderstanding right now," Cutting said. "But I think these forums will help put people's mind at ease, and hopefully let us look to the future. Hopefully we can repeal some aspects of this law."

It was only a matter of time before the dialogue about the act turned to disapproval of it.

Residents may be complying now, but many continue the fight to have the legislation overturned.

"[I am] signing petitions where I can, speaking to everyone who will listen to me, and a few of them who won't, and hosting things like this," said Allan Youngs, president of the Oxford Rod and Gun Club.

And they have support.

"It's very confusing, and quite frankly, poorly written," Crouch said. "I think it had to be done in a haste. That's the only way I can explain it. They didn't even spell muzzle brake right."

Crouch said at least three lawsuits have been filed against the NY SAFE Act, asking for an injunction on the law. He says the National Rifle Association and its New York affiliate are the plaintiffs in one.

For some of Chenango County residents in attendance Thursday, the right to bear arms is a way of life. And they say, they will continue to stand up for that right.

Sheriff Cutting said his office will enforce the laws, but they won't go from house to house asking people to turn over their firearms.

Crouch said this is the first of three planned forums he will be holding throughout his district.

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