As many as 100 gun rights supporters came to the Westchester Board of Legislators meeting Monday to denounce the New York SAFE Act and urge legislators to repeal their own resolution supporting federal gun control.
The protest was organized by Frank Morganthaler, who organized a pro-gun rally in White Plains in January and ran against U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey last year. He argued the resolution should be repealed because no gun controls can be constitutional and he objected to the board passing its resolution without a public hearing.
“They passed a resolutioan that affected a good part of Westchester County and they didn’t solicit any input,” he said.
The board’s resolution, passed unanimously in February, urged Congress to mandate universal background checks on all gun sales, increase penalties for violent crimes using guns, ensure information from mental health providers on people who might be a danger to themselves or others makes it to the National Insta Check System, increase federal funding for community mental health programs and ban “automatic military-style assault weapons.”
Other speakers focused on the SAFE Act, saying Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s ultimate aim is to confiscate guns and arguing magazine limits make people less safe in their homes.
Photo: Frank Morganthaler