The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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August 21, 2013

Ridgeway says no to SAFE Act

Medina Journal-Register — The Town of Ridgeway passed its own resolution Tuesday night in opposition to the New York State SAFE Act, making Orleans County the first in the state to have all of its municipalities support the repeal of the act.

Dave Krug of Medina spoke to the board and said that as a law abiding citizen and an avid hunter, the SAFE Act would turn him into a criminal, along with many others like him.

“Many like me strive to teach others gun safety,” he said. “I feel this legislation was rushed into by a false message of necessity…stripping people of their constitutional rights.”

Krug said changing the law for citizens who follow the law would not stop criminals from breaking it. He acknowledged that guns are a tough issue, and the proper way to deal with issue is not easy. However, he said the government disarming its citizens is the wrong answer, and that it would be a proud moment for the Town of Ridgeway to pass a resolution opposed to the SAFE Act.

Earlier this year, the town passed a resolution supporting the county’s resolution to oppose the SAFE Act, and the board added its own to the list Tuesday.

“I’m a gun owner myself,” said Supervisor Brian Napoli, who will speak at a state hearing in Buffalo on Thursday regarding fiscal and financial stress in local governments. He said the SAFE Act was among the items he planned on addressing during his testimony.

“The act hurts us because not as many people buy hunting licenses,” he said. With fewer hunters, fewer people drive through the community during hunting season.

“We lose sales tax, restaurants lose money, and motels and gas stations are affected,” he said.

In other town board news, trustees unanimously voted to fund Ridgeway’s portion of a highway study that will determine how to best consolidate the road crews of Ridgeway, Shelby and Medina.

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