Gun Control And Funding Issues Up For Vote

Rockland legislators take up resolutions to help county with financial difficulties and that deal with gun control matters


The Rockland County Legislature is scheduled to vote Tuesday night on approving $45 million of Revenue Anticipation Notes and $55 million of Tax Anticipation Notes. Its members will vote on asking for Home Rule Legislation from the state to allow it to extend the 3/8 of one percent and 5/8 of one percent sales and compensating use tax until 2015 and to issue a $96 million deficit bond.

One of the several gun control resolutions approved by legislative committees last week and on the agenda has come under criticism from Legislator Ed Day along with the state’s newly imposed gun control law. 

In a prepared statement, Day said steps are needed “to correct the overreaches and irregularities in Governor Cuomo’s gun bill.”

“As a retired member of the law enforcement community, I have been disheartened by much of the content of the new overly broad and restrictive gun legislation passed in haste by the State,” said Day.  “As such, and based on the recommendations of several law enforcement organizations, I am proud to have written and co-sponsored, along with Legislators Carey and Hood, a resolution calling for active and retired law enforcement exemptions from magazine capacity restrictions and ammunition purchase restrictions, along with a more clearly defined definition of assault weapons (such that legal gun owners and hunters are not impacted), and full local agency review of school safety plans, as opposed to the state agency now proposed.”

Day also spoke about the resolution calling for a reinstatement on assault weapons and detailed his opposition.

“As to the resolution at hand, many points brought forward, such as calling for increased funding for school resource officers and mental health services, or extending the prohibition on gun purchases to violent juvenile offenders, are entirely valid,” Day said, “That said, though I will be out of the country on Tuesday, I feel it is important that it be on record that I simply cannot support a resolution calling for a reinstatement of an assault weapons ban that has been opposed by the Sheriff’s Association, amongst other law enforcement groups, for being too broad and completely ineffective in reducing violent crime when it was in effect.” 

Day stated his committee vote was to move the resolution for debate, not for its passage.

The legislature meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday night.

Mike Hirsch February 20, 2013 at 02:31 AM
In my younger days I spent many nights sleeping in the mud with a cold M16 for company. As a civilian, I have hunted deer with a five round clip. I do not own a pistol because I think they are too dangerous to keep in a house with children. If people want to use firearms for recreational purposes I think they should be allowed to. I do not think that anyone in America, unless they are active law enforcement professionals, should be allowed to possess a firearm that uses more than a five round clip.
Rob T February 20, 2013 at 12:43 PM
That is the same logic why people should not be allowed to own a car that goes over 65mph.
Mike Hirsch February 20, 2013 at 02:08 PM
I can't argue with that. Maybe it's a personal choice after all. While I have to agree with you that many people who like to drive fast pose a danger to others, I have always felt that many people who have the need to own semi automatic weapons have personal inadequacy issues.
GWashington February 20, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Tell that to the mother in Georgia who was forced to protect herself and two small children. After retreating to an attic, with police 20 minutes away, she shot him with the 6 bullets she had. He was still standing.
Issy February 20, 2013 at 05:04 PM
There have been and are no law proposed that would stop this brave mother from owning a gun and using it to defend herself. And he was not still standing, he was on the ground crying like a baby, pleading for his life. All people are asking for is common sense gun regulations that both protect the right to own a gun and help protect the potential victims of gun crimes.
Rob T February 20, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Nice try, There have been plenty of the Anti-gunners pushing for astronomical Taxes or Insurance to own a weapon or just straight out confiscation.
Issy February 20, 2013 at 05:55 PM
Sure, just as there are those who think we should return the US to the days of the 'wild west' and everyone should have an assault rifle. But could you show me any seriously proposed laws that would ban guns or prevent the women in Georgia from defending herself? You can create any straw-man argument you want, but I think you will find that most rational people are looking for balanced common sense solutions to an 'epidemic' problem. Are you?
Rob T February 20, 2013 at 06:40 PM
Want to stop all of the Sandy Hook, Columbine, Aurora's ? Stop letting these doctors drug up little Billy into zombie land with every Anti-depressant know to mankind. Grew up with guns all my life, went to school in the 70-80's and for some strange reason we never had all of these horiffic events. But has to be the gun's fault. If I left it on the table I wonder how long it would take for it to jump up and shoot someone. So what is the real epidemic problem ?
Kc2ykn February 20, 2013 at 06:46 PM
Don February 20, 2013 at 07:08 PM
The media is also to blame with the way they turn the shooters into "celebrities". Lanza wanted to get the "high score". http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/18/adam-lanza-norway-massacre_n_2713714.html
MessHall February 20, 2013 at 07:33 PM
Luckily ...he didn't push that because it would have divided his group from the majority of Law Abiding NY Gun Owners. The smart thing would have been for him to fight Cuomo's Gun Law WITH us, not watch from the sidelines while we lose our rights. Yes , we're all proud of the job our retired LEO's did ...but once you've retired , you're one of us ...just another civilian. But most importantly , you're still an American ....get your pride from that and defend the Constitution.
John Gruber February 22, 2013 at 05:01 PM
I love it how guns are the problem but releasing convicted violent criminals isn't. Here's an idea, wanna cut down on the murder rate? STOP RELEASING VIOLENT CRIMINALS


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