Yates Legislature fails to ban weapons from County Building; County Clerk, staff respond

Yates Legislature fails to ban weapons from County Building; County Clerk, staff respond

PENN YAN – Following a public hearing at the Yates County Legislature, a proposed local law banning dangerous weapons from county owned buildings failed to win enough votes to be enacted. The vote failed 7-6 with legislators Carlie Chilson, Jim Multer, Dan Banach, Terry Button, Leslie Church, and Rick Willson voting against the resolution. One legislator, Edward Bronson, was absent. In a Sept. 2 memo to the legislature, Sheriff Ron Spike stated that with no local law prohibiting firearms or dangerous weapons in the county office buildings or county facilities, “should someone with a concealed carry handgun permit visit the County Office Building, and not want to voluntarily give up the weapon’s possession, there is no local law to prevent the firearm from building entry. Additionally, should someone have a long gun in his or her hands, or on a sling over their shoulder as an example, there is no law that prohibits it from being possessed inside the County Office Building… Neither is there a local law to prevent other weapons, i.e. certain sized knives etc. from lawful entry. All the surrounding counties to Yates (Ontario, Seneca, Schuyler and Steuben) have such local laws, and all very similar in text as the draft of the proposed one for Yates.” Opposing comments from legislators and the public ranged from fears of the cost of added security personnel and equipment, to calling the ban a “slippery slope,” endangering second amendment rights. Supporting comments came from several legislators including Tim Cutler […]

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