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Updated: Bethlehem board takes up gun fight

Councilman suggests town officially support SAFE Act

— Kuhn replied he meant to bring something up about the same topic later in the meeting, but she wouldn’t be happy with what he had to say.

The councilman said in response to the rally being held at the Capitol the next day in opposition to the law, and to efforts across the state to get local municipalities to pass resolutions opposing the law, he felt those in favor of the SAFE Act should also speak out.

“Gun violence in this country and state is something that I feel very strongly about. I think we have an epidemic of gun violence in this society,” he said. “And obviously what happened in Connecticut in December is a disturbing incident that kind of galvanized the issue.”

The resolution Kuhn proposed states the town supports the newly passed Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013 because the board believes the law “protects our citizens and save lives.” It also lends support to the town’s representatives in the legislature who voted in favor of the law: Senator Neil Breslin and Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy.

Kuhn said despite what people may say about how it was passed, the law’s restrictions on the sale of assault weapons, extended magazines and other changes are to be commended.

“I don’t think there’s anything in the New York SAFE Act that violates the Second Amendment, and I also think … there was a point brought up about hunting and shooting ranges, and there’s nothing in this law that would prevent law abiding citizens from going to shooting ranges or hunting or anything like that,” Kuhn said. “And that’s important to me.”

Supervisor John Clarkson said he is in support of the concept of the resolution, but said the board should wait to vote until more residents who might be in disagreement could speak and the verbiage of the resolution could be discussed.

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