PSLA MEETS THURSDAY
By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
COOPERSTOWN – Below is the text of the resolution that would declare Otsego County a gun-law sanctuary, where the state’s SAFE Act would not be enforced.
Scheduled for noon, the meeting may be viewed via Zoom on the county’s Facebook page.
According to other committee members, PSLA has been awaiting a legal opinion from County Attorney Ellen Coccoma.
Here is the resolution:
RESOLUTION OF OTSEGO COUNTY
BOARD OF REPRESENTATIVES
WHEREAS, the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution reads: “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” and,
WHEREAS, Article I, Section 1, of the Constitution of New York “ No member of this state shall be disfranchised, or deprived of any of the rights or privileges secured to any citizen thereof, unless by the law of the land, or the judgment of his or her peers, except that the legislature may provide that there shall be no primary election held to nominate candidates for public office or to elect persons to party positions for any political party or parties in any unit of representation of the state from which such candidates or persons are nominated or elected whenever there is no contest or contests for such nominations or election as may be prescribed by general law. (Amended by vote of the people November 3, 1959; November 6, 2001.)”, and,
WHEREAS, the Otsego County Board opposes the SAFE Act of 2013 as an example of the county’s support for the Second Amendment Rights; and,
WHEREAS, the Otsego County Board will continue to oppose any infringement on the Second Amendment such as, but not limited to, long gun registration, social media and search engine history background checks, magazine capacity limitations, requiring gun owners to purchase insurance before gun is legally owned, and/or restrictions that otherwise impair the civil liberties of lawful gun owners; and,
WHEREAS, the Otsego County Board wishes to express opposition to any law that would unconstitutionally restrict the rights under the Second Amendment of the citizens of Otsego County to keep and bear arms; and,
WHEREAS, the Otsego County Board wishes to express its intent to stand as a Sanctuary County for Second Amendment rights and to oppose, within the limits of the Constitutions of the United States and the State of New York, any efforts to unconstitutionally restrict such rights, and to use such legal means at its disposal to protect the right of the citizens to keep and bear arms, including through legal action, the power of appropriation of public funds, and the right to petition for redress of grievances.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF REPRESENTATIVES OF OTSEGO COUNTY, NEW YORK:
That the Board of Representatives hereby expresses its intent to uphold the Second Amendment rights of the citizens of Otsego County and its intent that public funds of the County not be used to restrict Second Amendment rights or to aid in the unnecessary and unconstitutional restriction of the rights under the Second Amendment of the citizens of Otsego County to keep and bear arms; and
That the Board hereby declares its intent to oppose unconstitutional restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms through such legal means as may be expedient, including without limitation court action; and,