We want your news! Send us: News release |Letter to the Editor | Share a picture | Newborn | Birthday | Engagement | Wedding | Other Milestone
Today









What is this?

Gun Law Forum Draws Large, Angry Crowd

State officials came to Oswego Wednesday to talk about the nuts and bolts of the state’s new gun laws, but some people came to the meeting to complain about the law itself.

A large crowd at the Armory in Oswego came with questions about the law, which was passed quickly by the state Legislature as a reaction to the shooting in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. A panel of state officials had some of the answers, but referred to a new hotline questions about whether specific guns will be legal under the new law.

But the audience saved its applause for protests against the law, called the SAFE Act.

Under the new law, the state will create a gun registration database, check to insure that people with mental problems do not own guns, ban certain types of weapons, restrict the number of bullets that can be in the clips that feed guns, close a loophole that makes it easy to sell weapons through private sales, and more.

Gun rights groups have argued that the law, which Governor Andrew Cuomo says is the toughest in the nation, is an unconstitutional overreaction to Sandy Hook. The Governor is sending state officials — not the political leaders who approved the bill, but the managers who will implement it — across the state to meet with angry gun owners.

“I’m going to assume there’s an overwhelming majority of people here who have displeasure to voice with the statute, but the statute is what it is,” said Mike Green, executive deputy commissioner of Criminal Justice Services, who said that he was there to answer questions about how the law will work.

“Should 80 percent of us just get up and leave, because that’s the reason why we came here,” said one audience member to loud applause. “You just made New York safer for criminals and not for law abiding citizens. If they go to break the law, they’re going to go shoot 20 people in the school….the least of his concern is how many bullets he has in his clip.”

“We’re trampling all over the second amendment,” said another man, to applause. “It’s wrong what you’re doing here.”

“If you or anybody else feels the law is unconstitutional, you challenge it through the court system and if a court rules it’s unconstitutional, we will go forward on that basis,” said the official.

“There were a whole lot of Nazis who said, ‘We were just following orders’.” the audience member replied. “You guys are supposed to do the right thing. You’re supposed to know the difference between right and wrong.”

Another man, echoing complaints heard around the state about the measure, said that no matter what the officials told him, he felt the state was creating a database of guns so they could be seized someday.

Print This Post Print This Post

2 thoughts on “Gun Law Forum Draws Large, Angry Crowd

  1. These Officials elected or not have taken an Oath to Uphold/Protect/ and Defend the Constitution of the United States. Like it or NOT The Constitution is the LAW of the Land and is to be obeyed and supreme over Town/City//County/State Laws

  2. And the constitution states that we have the right bear arms. THAT is the extent of the second amendment! It does NOT state that you have the right to own assault rifles or the like. Most of these people don’t even know why the second amendment was really put into the constitution to begin with. It would appear that what we’ve been doing for years, going hog wild with guns, is NOT working. Yet so many would hold onto that and deny that is the problem. Insanity!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

 

Search Our Archives:

Cop Logs: Sheriff’s Office 07/29/2014

From the files of OCSD

Continue reading


Weather Notebook For July 29, 2014

A bit of sunshine but still cool today. High 70 to 75.

Continue reading


Welcome Back To Fulton

Fulton Noon Rotary Club president Lori Greeney had the pleasure of welcoming Dr. Jeannette d’Angles de Escobedo from Peru at a recent meeting. Dr. Escobedo and her husband, Dr. Edison Escobedo, stopped in Fulton on their way home from a medical conference in Toronto. Dr. Jeannette lived in Fulton with the Ruta family, for a year, as a Rotary Exchange student, 45 years ago.

Continue reading


Historical $10,000 Mr. Supermodified Ignites Summer Stretch at Oswego

Oswego Speedway’s summer stretch run toward Budweiser International Classic Weekend begins Saturday night at the ‘Steel Palace’ with the 28th edition of the $10,000 to win Mr. Novelis Supermodified special presented by Davis Bros. Inc. of Oswego. The 27-year history of the Mr. Supermodified event has provided memorable moments and decorated champions.

Continue reading


Ride The Rapids Aug. 2 and 3

Don’t miss your chance to raft the Salmon River in Oswego County, home to some of the best Class III rapids in New York State. The last weekend to catch the big waves this summer is Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 2 and 3.

Continue reading



v3_2014_64