Gun Law Q&A draws full house in New Hartford

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (WKTV) - Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney is adamantly opposed to the new gun laws under the New York Safe Act, and has drafted a bill to repeal the entire package of legislation.

Tenney says the law is the law and since she has been receiving so many emails, letters and phone calls about the New York Safe Act, she thought it would be a good idea to hold an informational meeting to let area gun owners know what's legal and what's not.

She held what she called a 'Gun Law Q & A' at the New Hartford American Legion Post and the turnout was high.

Among those in attendance, Glen Maine from Whitesboro who says the new law is unconstitutional and believes since it is, law enforcement shouldn't enforce it.

Maine was one of the most vocal of the crowd of more than 100 in attendance.

At one point he spoke up, saying, "I would like to know what our Sheriff here in Oneida County is going to do about it. Will he use discretion and stand down, or will he enforce and illegal unconstitutional law."

Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol was also invited by Tenney and responded to the questions about whether he will enforce the new guns laws. Maciol said, "I will do everything in my power to get this repealed or get the appropriate amendments made, but I have absolutely no authority to say that this law is unconstitutional. I have no authority to order Ron Townsend or any of the other 430 people that work for me to not enforce the law, I cannot do that, can't do that."

Assemblywoman Tenney says the issue has become a highly sensitive one at the Capitol.

An example she pointed out to the crowd surrounded a pink hat with the words 'Remington Arms' on it.

Tenney told the crowd she brought it with her in her bag, then a colleague was taking a picture of her with it on at the entrance of the Governor's mansion.

She says someone from the Governor's office approached her. She said, "The Governor's Office, his staff was very concerned about whether I was going to wear the hat or not during the Breakfast which of course I said I wouldn't, but I thought it was just awfully paranoid that I couldn't walk into the Governor's mansion wearing a pink Remington hat, the oldest continually running manufacturing facility in the United States, not just New York State, which we're all very proud of, especially in the Mohawk Valley."

Tenney has drafted a bill to repeal the entire New York Safe Act.

She says other states are carefully considering new gun laws before making hasty decisions.

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