Written By: Joe Melillo
Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss hosted his second informational meeting tonight about the SAFE Act
Chemung County (WENY)- Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss hosted his second informational meeting tonight about the SAFE Act, and it was standing room only for the presentation. Gun owners like Barbara Degman helped fill the seats at the Chemung county human resource center, all to get answers on the state's new gun law.
“To restrict the gun rights of the law abiding citizens does nothing to get them off the street, if that were the case we wouldn't have drug issues anymore. Drugs have been illegal forever yet where are they, in the hands of the criminals,” says Degman.
A lot of Gun owners in the Southern Tier aren't happy with Governor Cuomo's SAFE Act, and they made it clear Thursday night.
“I don't approve of the 10 round clip, and I never will,” vows gun owner Howard Lattamier.
Sheriff Moss seems to agree with other gun owners that the law was rushed through the state legislature.
“Although there are good portions of this law there are several other portions they should have taken their time to look over and see the type of people it is affecting,” says Moss. “The people here tonight aren't criminals their tax payers they go to work everyday when they file for their pistol permits they do everything they're supposed to yet their the ones that end up being affected basically harassed by this law.”
Thursday night's presentation was packed with people just trying to learn how to comply with the new regulations. Sheriff Moss spent about two days in Albany learning about the law and went over the basics. Although many don't agree with how quickly the safe act was enacted, some agree with certain parts of the law.
“Some of the laws as far as the first responder is killed in the line of duty with a gun, absolutely. Stricter gun laws for that is an amazing thing that should have been put in a long time ago without waiting for something horrible like Webster happening,” says Degman.
Registration for assault rifles start April 15th this year and must be registered by april 15 of next year.