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Legislative Committee Approves Firearms Lock Distribution

Sheriff says more than 1,600 firearms cable locks may be available for free distribution to residents

 

The Rockland County Legislature’s Public Safety Committee unanimously approved a program on Tuesday night to distribute free firearms cable locks to county residents.  Sheriff Louis Falco said more than the 1,600 locks he spoke about last week may be available because several groups have approached him about donating or purchasing additional locks. 

Falco said the cable locks are more diverse than gun or pistol locks because they can be used on rifles as well as handguns.  The department obtained the 1,600 firearms locks through previous donations and purchases with public funds. In order to obtain the locks, people would have to show proof of Rockland County residency. 

“We just thought right now this would be the appropriate time to bring them out,” said Falco.

Legislator Ed Day brought up the national Project ChildSafe, which also distributes free locks.  He suggested the sheriff recommend to the county’s police chiefs that they apply to the program.  Day said the Town of Ramapo had already participated in the program. Falco said he would share the information on Wednesday when he meets with the police chiefs.

The resolution must be voted on by the full legislature at its Tuesday, Jan. 15 meeting before the distribution program can begin. 

The committee also approved Falco’s request to use $25,000 of federal forfeiture funds to replace the Hurricane Sandy-damaged van used for Piermont’s Police Athletic League program.  The sheriff said his department has been loaning vehicles to the Piermont Police Department so it could continue running the program.  He said they would apply for FEMA aid to cover the cost of the replacement van. 

Rockland County Legislator Ed Day January 09, 2013 at 02:11 PM
The question arose as to how much this will cost local taxpayers when the gun locks on hand are gone. My answer - Not a dime! I had researched this matter and found that there is a federally funded grant program open to all law enforcement agencies to obtain free gun cable locks at no cost to local taxpayers. My approach to running government is simple - before you go to the taxpayers for their hard earned money, look to get the task done without putting government's hand in their pocket.
Jimmy January 09, 2013 at 02:51 PM
It costs a taxpayer somewhere something! Good idea.
Rockland County Legislator Ed Day January 09, 2013 at 03:13 PM
Jimmy you are absolutely correct, and when folks decide to tell their federal representatives to stop funding matters in this way, it may stop. But as long as we all contribute via our federal tax dollars to initiatives such as Project ChildSafe, it seems to me we here in Rockland should utilize that funding stream to the benefit of our local citizens instead of further adding to their cost of living. In short, the first step to solving an issue should not be automatically reaching in to your pocket for more money, essentially making you pay twice for the same thing. Instead look for other ways to get the job done, and if there is a grant available that has been funded by taxpayers from Hawaii to Maine, it seems to me we here in Rockland should look to get our due when possible.
Andromachos January 09, 2013 at 03:34 PM
Mr. Day has an excellent point, As long as any taxing authority, Federal, State or local is excising taxes from us, we have an economic responsibility to ourselves to get as much of the money taxed away from us, paid back. Everyone should seek direct benefits from every level of government to get their tax money back, either in cash (government contracts, grants etc.) or in kind (gun locks, free phones etc.). If you do not try to get your own share back, someone else will take it. It will not go unspent.

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