Butler presses for repeal of SAFE ACT legislation

Published Jun 20, 2015 at 4:00pm

ALBANY — Assemblyman Marc W. Butler, R-118, Newport, is calling on his fellow Assemblymen as well as Republicans in the State Senate to must push for SAFE Act repeals as a bargaining chip as the current legislative session in Albany winds down.

“The governor’s ill-conceived SAFE Act is highly flawed. When it was forced upon the Legislature it was filled with mistakes. Since its passage, Republicans in the Legislature have been trying to repeal or amend this un-lawful statute,” Butler said.

The law, Butler said, has not made residents any safer, and, has actually worked to undermine their safety and their rights. “Criminals will not be deterred by this law, they will still be able to obtain firearms illegally.”

“While I am encouraged to hear that Senate leadership is embracing some reforms to the SAFE Act, like allowing firearms to be passed down from generation to generation, it is just a small step. As I have always contended, the SAFE Act is an illegal law,” he said.

“There are a number of absurdities in the law like bullet magazine limits, the collected registration data, and creating situations where soldiers in this state could be violating the law during the course of their duties,” he added. “The truth of the matter is that because of emotional reactions and a lack of understanding about firearms, the governor and gun-control activists made criminals of people who have been lawfully exercising their Second Amendment rights.”

“We all must be vigilant about the laws passed in our state. If we allow one of our constitutionally-guaranteed freedoms to be curtailed, we are all in danger of further infringements. The State of New York needs to be a standard bearer for our freedoms rather than trampling on them,” Butler added.