Chemung County lawmakers want SAFE Act repealed
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ELMIRA, N.Y. -- Communities across the state continue to fight to repeal the SAFE Act. In the Southern Tier, lawmakers in one county are speaking out against the new gun law as key provisions start to take effect.
Chemung County legislators unanimously passed a resolution Monday night, asking Governor Cuomo to repeal the SAFE Act.
The law outlines a stricter definition of assault weapons and bans high capacity magazines. It also requires all private gun sales be subject to a national background check.
County leaders contend the state acted too quickly and the act infringes on the rights of citizens.
Deputy County Executive Mike Krusen said, "It’s not supported by law enforcement, and it's clearly not supported by upstate residents. I think it’s something that the legislature and the governor need to take a step back, undo what they have done and redo the process of allowing people to weigh in on it."
More than a dozen counties in New York have passed resolutions to repeal the act. A lawsuit has also been filed, requiring the Cuomo administration to defend why it issued a "message of necessity" to pass the bill.