ROME, N.Y. -- Dave Gordon, a former Oneida County legislator and Republican candidate for county executive, says he plans to make changes to local pistol permit laws.
Gordon held a news conference in front of the Fort Stanwix national monument in Rome.
He outlined several issues he wants to change if elected. He says he would allow anyone with a license to carry their weapon concealed.
With the current law gun owners have the option of choosing a restricted permit or non-restricted permit. A restricted permit is for hunting and other outdoors activities. A non-restricted permit allows the gun owner to carry concealed all the time, except for inside schools and federal buildings.
He also wants to hire a full-time conservative-minded, pistol-licensing officer. And he wants to make Oneida County a sanctuary county, which means authorities would refuse to enforce gun-control laws that they consider to be infringements on the second amendment. He says he wants to protect the rights gun owners.
“Not only can we change it but we show New York state again at the state that is predominately run by downstate liberals. That here in upstate New York we have a different mentality a different mindset we have a different way of looking at things, and this is one of important way to separate upstate New York from downstate New York,” said Gordon.
Gordon was a county legislator in 2013 and 2015 as a Democrat. He said he has always been a conservative. He says has always taken a more conservative approach.
NewsChannel 2 has reached out to Gordon’s opponents for their take on this.
Gordon is challenging Republican incumbent Anthony Picente in the June primary. The winner of that race will face former Oneida County legislator, Democrat Michael Hennessy.
Neither returned WKTV’s request for comment.