Onondaga County vote today on SAFE Act
Onondaga County lawmakers are expected to vote tonight on a resolution against the NY SAFE Act. The measure puts a tighter ban on assault weapons and restrictions on the sale of guns and certain types of ammunition. YNN's Brad Vivacqua is outside the Onondaga County Legislature chambers with more.
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- This goes along the same trend we've seen already in a number of surrounding counties in New York. Later today, Onondaga County lawmakers are expected to vote on a resolution urging the governor to repeal the SAFE Act.
The chambers were filled with people Monday night as many came out to voice their concerns. Most people we spoke with don't believe the governor and other lawmakers gathered enough public input on the issue. Some people question how the law will actually help address the problem of illegal guns.
County public safety chairman Kevin Holmquist said people are concerned with several issues including ammunition, background checks, and privacy.
Holmquist said, "They jammed this through in the dark of night. Not surprisingly, the content of the so-called SAFE Act is not good. It's a direct front on law abiding citizens and legal gun owners where the so-called SAFE Act should be going after criminals and illegal gun owners."
In the meantime, the county continues to urge current pistol permit holders to fill out an opt out form if they'd like their information private. Gun owners have until May 16th do that.
The county legislature is expected to vote at the chambers at 1 p.m.