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Social Media Buoys Gun Sanctuary Idea

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Oneonta & Freeman’s Journal

Social Media Buoys

Gun Sanctuary Idea

New County Rep Brockway

Finds Proposal Going Viral

By JAMES CUMMINGS • Special to

Sportsman Adventures owner Bill Decker signs the “sanctuary” petition, and has it available at his Southside Oneonta store. (James Cummings/

ONEONTA – A Facebook Group aimed at making Otsego County a “Sanctuary for the Second Amendment” is picking up momentum.

On Dec. 20, an active hunter and gun owner, Kaleb White of Oneonta, created the “2A Otsego County Sanctuary Group” on the popular social media platform.

In just over a week, more than 800 people joined the group, including county Rep. Rick Brockway, R-Laurens.

White is circulating several petitions – at Losie’s Gun Shop and Sportman Adventures, and elsewhere.

And on Feb. 5, with Brockway’s support, he plans to ask the county Board of Representatives to designate Otsego a “sanctuary county.”

Meanwhile, Brockway, who will be sworn in on Jan. 2, is seeking to line up other board members behind the idea.  So far, only one other Upstate county – Wyoming, south of Batavia – is considering a “sanctuary” policy.

Taking Of Property Prompts Police Alert

Taking Of Property

Prompts Police Alert

Facebook Post, Email From Coccoma

Heightened Security, Sheriff Reports

Bob Force, who lost his Gilbertsville area home and farm in the 2014 county tax auction, addresses the county Board of Representatives this morning at the county courthouse amid high security. An unspecified post on one of his Facebook pages prompted the security. (Jim Kevlin/

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

COOPERSTOWN – The Otsego County Board of Representatives met under high security this morning after, authorities said, a posting on a Facebook page of Bob Force, whose Gilbertsville home was auctioned off at the county’s 2014 tax sale.

The board’s monthly meeting was moved from the County Office Building at 197 Main St. to the adjacent courthouse, which is more secure.  Two sheriff’s deputies were at the door, double-checking people entering the facility.

Inside the high-ceilinged historic courtroom, two deputies were stationed by the door, and three other uniformed officers stood at various points.  Other officers patrolled the sidewalks around the county complex. Undersheriff Cameron Allison was at the scene overseeing the activity.

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