Updated 03/05/2013 07:32 AM
Onondaga County holds public hearing on SAFE Act
The Onondaga County Legislature got an earful Monday night as they hosted a special meeting about the SAFE Act. The chambers were filled with people wanting to speak during a public hearing. As YNN's Iris St. Meran tells us, most speakers hope the law will be repealed and had one particular message for the Governor.
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ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- It was a cold evening in Syracuse, but people lined up outside waiting to speak about the SAFE Act. Under the law, guns can be taken away from those suffering from mental illness. It also bans assault weapons, which are defined as guns with detachable magazines. And now magazines are limited to seven rounds instead of ten.
Former National Rifle Association Lobbyist Scott Armstrong said, "New York already has the most strict limit in the country of ten rounds. Let me be clear over 98% of semi-automatic pistols made today, do not have a seven round magazine. No manufacturer plans on making a seven round magazine. They do not exist."
The law also calls for stricter background checks. It's a change that many people in this room feel will not make much difference when it comes to stopping criminals.
Liverpool Resident Mike Mastrogiovanni said, "Ammunition background checks. I'm told it's going to stop the criminals from getting ammunition. If they still the guns, aren't they going to steal the ammunition? Is that going to stop it?"
Most of the people who spoke out want the law repealed for one reason or another. This special meeting was held to give all constituents a chance to be heard.
"The governor and the state legislature met behind closed doors. They had no public input, no public comment. They had no public hearings. They jammed this through in the dark of night," Onondaga County Public Safety Committee Chairman Kevin Holmquist.
Tuesday Legislators will vote on this. The chairman for the public safety committee says there will likely be a memorializing resolution urging the the governor to repeal the law.
A number of other counties including Herkimer, Oswego and Madison have taken action in opposition of the law.