New Yorkers Take Aim At Cuomo’s SAFE Act

Citizens and local authorities are waking up to the tyranny that is rearing it’s ugly head in the United States today. On Thursday, the Oswego County Legislature approved a resolution against parts of New York State’s new gun laws. The measure passed by a unanimous vote (25-0)!

The measure says the new Safe Act has a severe impact on guns that are used for safe recreation. It argues that state lawmakers didn’t have enough time to review it before it was passed.

A copy of the resolution will be on its way to both Barack Obama and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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The resolution also encourages public hearings to be held by lawmakers and encourages the representatives of Oswego County to submit written opinions about the SAFE Act.

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Oswego is not the first to do this. Madison and Herkimer counties have already passed similar resolutions and Ontario is poised to follow.

“We were just standing up for our constituents,” Terry Wilbur, a legislator from Hannibal who is only 21, making him one of the youngest ever elected representatives to Oswego County Legislature, said Thursday.

“There are parts that are good, but there are parts that are bad,” he said. “We’re pretty disgusted with some of this.”

While he still promotes background checks and mental health screenings for firearms purchases, he says the overall law will do more harm than good.

“The fact of the matter is all of this is going to hurt law-abiding citizens,” he said.

He was also concerned about the county being able to pay for labor to carry out the state’s law.

“This is just us in Oswego County saying … ‘This isn’t good for us at all,'” Wilbur said.

Oswego County Sheriff Reuel Todd said,

“The Constitution itself was not written in three days; there is no reason overnight to trample it,” he said. “As it is right now, the way that bill is written and passed, my guys could have seven bullets in their magazines to fight against a guy that was heavily armed with 50 in his. The ordinary citizens of this country deserve the right to be able to protect themselves. The criminals are not going to bring in nor register their guns.”

Resident Joel Graham pointed out that only a handful of the murders in the state were committed “with long guns or those being attacked and labeled as assault weapons.” He wondered why there was such a rush to judgment to disarm law abiding citizens from those types of weapons.

“Look at the woman in Georgia when the guy invaded her house, going after her two kids. She went running into her closet and she unloaded five rounds into him. He still got up and walked away. She gets one more (and he doesn’t get away),” he said.

Rick McDermott, a representative “of many sportsman organizations throughout the state and county,” said he supports the county’s efforts.

He told legislators, “The Constitution allows us the right to keep and bear arms for many more reasons than what was stated by the governor in his State of the State speech. It is not about hunting. It is not about target shooting. It is about defending our rights and a free America.”

“The governor has violated the constitution of the state of New York,” McDermott said.

McDermott also pointed out that at the time of the founding of the nation, there were three types of militia. Today we know two of them as the US military and the National Guard. But there is a third.

“The third militia is the people. The people need to be there to defend the state and themselves when all the rest of forces are gone. The state is actually negligent in providing that service to us – but they are very negligent in that they are eliminating that with the current law,” he continued. “This law that was passed; passed in the dark of night.”

Oh my friends there are patriots abounding that are standing up for liberty and the Constitution. They will not have the law of the land trampled under foot by zealous, emotional politicians who would violate the law through means of unlawful laws in order to make themselves look good and place a feeling of security around the people they govern, while not providing a shred of security for them. They are moving in the direction of slavery, not liberty. They are making the people vulnerable, not secure or safe.

It’s good to see counties like Oswego and others standing up for the law and for liberty against the tyrants in New York’s government. Take heart, it isn’t just happening there, but around the country!

UPDATE:A reader of Freedom Outpost who is actively involved in standing against Governor Cuomo’s gun legislation wrote to inform me:

We had over 130 people attend a presentation last Saturday in Watertown, given by Bob Schulz and Judith Whitmore from We The People of NY ( The presentation was regarding a lawsuit that Mr. Schulz drafted, seeking a ruling from the court that the new law be held unconstitutional (both federal and state), based on the false emergency claimed by the Governor in his “Message of Necessity” – thereby an abuse of his power under the state constitution, and the violation of the 2nd Amendment and Article XII of the state constitution, regarding the militia.

Most everyone who attended, signed on as a plaintiff, as well as another 45 or so the next day at a local sportsman’s club. (Watertown is in Jefferson county at the eastern end of Lake Ontario and about 1 hour north of Syracuse).

On Feb. 21st, We The People of NY will begin taking signatures from people across the state on an formal petition for redress of grievances. This will not be your typical petition, but a well written, legally based challenge to the NYS Legislature to hear our complaints and take action to address them. See more on the website.

On Feb. 28th, there will be the 5th Annual NYS Rifle and Pistol Association Legislative Day in Albany and it looks like it will be massive, with buses being chartered across the state. Find out more here.

He also provided me with an update map of counties, posted on his Facebook page, that he has found information on who are seeking to basically nullify Cuomo’s gun grab law.


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