More than 30 county legislatures have passed resolutions in opposition to the state’s gun-control law. Some Democratic-controlled local governments are backing it, though.
Government leaders in White Plains; Ramapo, Rockland County; the Westchester County Legislature; and the Rochester City Council have either written lawmakers in support of the law or passed resolutions in favor of it. So too has the Yonkers city leadership.
“The new law includes the strongest assault weapons ban in the nation and we not only endorse this, we have acted upon it. Rochester has had an assault weapon ban on the books since 1993,” the Rochester City Council and Mayor Thomas Richards wrote in a letter Feb. 28 to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan. “The NY SAFE Act also includes additional safeguards to prevent guns from falling into the hands of society’s most dangerous individuals. While we support the right to bear arms, we feel that this law takes the necessary steps to ensure that gun ownership is done in a responsible manner.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers have been under criticism from gun-rights groups for passing the most stringent gun-control law in the nation on Jan. 15. Local governments upstate have largely spoken out against the law, saying it is unconstitutional and an unfunded mandate.
Not all agree.
“We are grateful for the leadership that you and members of the state Legislature have shown on this important issue,” the eight Democratic members of the Westchester County Legislature wrote to Cuomo on Feb. 27.
Here’s the Rochester letter to Silver.