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Jefferson County opposes state gun law

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Jefferson County opposes state gun law
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Counties across the state are uniting in opposition of the New York Safe Act. Tuesday, Jefferson County became the latest to enact legislation that calls for change. YNN's Carmella Mataloni explains the reason for the vote, and how legislators hope it will lead to greater action.

JEFFERSON COUNTY, N.Y. -- They say it just happened too fast.

"It's not right to have the rights and civil liberties of the people of New York taken away in the middle of the night without any sort of discussion without any sort of input from anybody," John Peck, (R) Jefferson County Legislator.

Tuesday night, the Jefferson County Board of Legislators General Services Committee voted unanimously to pass a resolution to oppose Governor Cuomo's New York Safe Act. The act puts a tighter ban on assault weapons and restrictions on the sale of guns and certain types of ammunition, causing a trend in many counties to voice their concern.

"Pretty much everything about this law that they passed is so open to interpretation if you a pistol because it has a pistol grip, now it's an assault weapon. So it’s just horribly written, rushed through and not thought out," Robert Ferris, (R) Jefferson County Legislator

Jefferson County joins Herkimer, Oswego and Madison counties who all recently passed opposing resolutions to the law - something legislator Bobby Ferris says will help get their voices heard.

"At the end of March, I expect that 20 counties or more will have a resolution passed. I've been in contact with a few other counties and I'm getting this out to other legislators asking them to represent and to send them to their representatives out in Albany also," said Ferris.

"Really the intention is that we are watching. We are mindful of what is happening both in the state and the federal level with the rights that are protecting by the U.S. Constitution and our own State Constitution and that our leaders must be held accountable,” said Peck.

While a majority of legislators already put their stamp of approval on the resolution, it still needs to be vote on by the full board. That vote comes in March.

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