Gun-rights backers rally in Delhi

Gun-rights backers rally in Delhi

Second Amendment supporters gathered in Delhi on Saturday for a gun-rights rally on Courthouse Square. A crowd of about 50 people heard from several local politicians speaking on the bandstand during the event organized by SCOPE of Delaware County, the Shooters Committee on Political Education. Some speakers and attendees called for repeal of the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013, commonly known as the SAFE Act, which introduced some of the strictest gun-control policies in the country. The legislation mandated universal background checks on gun purchases and prohibited some weapons and weapon modifications, among other measures. “We need to take care of our mental-health crisis if we want to solve our gun-violence problem,” said state Sen. James Seward, R-Milford, who mentioned that he provides legal counsel for Remington Arms. Seward described the SAFE Act as an overreach and voted against the legislation. In March he voted against a law that now prohibits individuals convicted of domestic abuse from purchasing firearms. U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-Kinderhook, also spoke briefly and expressed optimism that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh would uphold Second Amendment rights if appointed. Delaware County Sheriff Craig DuMond said that many sheriffs across the state did not support the SAFE Act and that “people want to blame firearms.” Noting that Delaware County has the highest rate of gun suicide in the state, he maintained that a degradation of society, including a lack of employment, community, religion and personal accountability has exacerbated gun violence. Libertarian […]

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