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March 1, 2017 - 5:35pm

Hawley joins colleagues in calling for repeal of NY SAFE Act

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(Submitted photo of Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) [right] with New York State Rifle and Pistol Association President Tom King at today’s press conference in Albany.)

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Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) today (March 1) joined his colleagues in Albany for a press conference to call for a repeal of provisions of the infamous NY SAFE Act in Upstate New York and on Long Island. Legislation was introduced, which Hawley sponsors, which would limit the gun control measure to the counties of Kings, Queens, Bronx, New York and Richmond.

“It is long beyond time for the unconstitutional SAFE Act to be repealed in Upstate New York,” Hawley said. “Setting aside the facts that this bill was passed secretively in the middle of the night and is in direct violation of the Second Amendment, upstate families and businesses are less safe because of this law.

"Unlike in New York City where police are readily available, upstate citizens deserve to be able to protect their families in the event of an intruder, especially in rural areas where law enforcement may be many miles away.”

Hawley’s ‘Two New York’s’ bill was mentioned prominently during the press conference as an example of how different areas of the state can be carved out for various policy implementations. Hawley, a longtime supporter of the Second Amendment, hunters, sportsmen and local S.C.O.P.E. chapters, was one of the first to come out against the SAFE Act, which was rushed through the Legislature in the middle of the night with little to no public or stakeholder input.

“There has long existed a cultural difference between New York City and Upstate that has dictated policy,” Hawley said. “If Downstate special interests can carve out special zones for policy initiatives like ride-sharing, the minimum wage, the property-tax cap and local government assistance and include them in budget bills, then there is no reason Upstate residents should have to abide by these laws that were specifically pushed by New York City politicians.

"I am calling on Assembly and Senate leadership to include our bill as part of budget negotiations and eliminate upstate New York from the SAFE-Act’s unlawful regulations.”

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After the UNsafe act was passed [with help from some Republicans ] we the members of SCOPE organized a Rally at the capitol where near 14 thousand of us protested the unconstitutional gun ban ! Kuomo went to NYC with his buddies and came back the next day like nothing had happened, We fought and Fought yet the NYC Democrats Control the state and we cant restore freedom . SO I MOVED out of NY to the free state of West Virginia. The month I landed here the elections turned the state Red and since then we have a freedom oriented Government and last year voted to rescind the need for a Pistol carry permit. It is wonderful to live in freedom ,, NO So called assault weapon ban --NO Magazine bans and a Shooting range on my own property,,My Property taxes are $800 on 6 acres of wooded country land with a 2 story log home from the 1800's Deer In the yard every day and NO ZONING Harassment..No Salt to eat our cars and My heat bill was $100 last month !! My Wifes Business is doing great . I Know some are trapped in NY But as soon as you can MOVE away as soon as you can,, I Know its hard to leave family and friends of a lifetime but the result is freedom that tastes so sweet ! the dark clouds of depression leave and the Blue sky's open and out come the Birds and small animals singing sweet in sound !! and the people are so wonderfully nice !! Randy!!

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What a sad sack, Mr. Randy Sliker. No "so called" assault weapon bans, no magazine bans, a shooting range on your own property, no zoning, no road salt, etc. Just what will make all of America Great Again? Randy, I am happy that you are enjoying your life In WV. But your bashing of NY is so off base. I think that just about every one in the Genesee County area has seen deer in their yard every day. Most are happy that there are some zoning laws in place. Afterall, what decent law abiding person in a happy home would want a gun nut for a neighbor using his property as a gun range? I am pretty sure that many birds and small animals exist in NY, many of which fall victim to hunters which are responsible gun owners. You actually boast about no road salt? Memo to Randy, it snows in WV. Thankfully the professional men and women who plow and treat the roads in the Batavia area do their jobs which permit the citizens to get to their destinations in a safe manner. Again, congrats on your happiness in WV. Meanwhile I still think that WNY is a pretty awesome place. In fact it may have become a tad better with your departure. By the way, your Senior Senator (Joe Manchin) and your Governor (Jim Justice) are Democrats. There is something for you to think about as you sit in your outhouse.

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Randy... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYgyTJsthrA

essentially a tl;dr version of Scott's comment ;-)

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Go ahead Scott enjoy your liberal state-- Ill take My Low taxes --[NY taxes were $2400.00 on a corner small lot in Basom with nasty Basom water and a $2000 water treatment system to make it usable . Taxes here will be $600.00 when My homestead kicks in next year and My water is wonderful Even have a flowing spring in the back woods. But as you found out Liberalism was a losing agenda nation wide as we handily Elected D.Trump..Again Glad you NY Liberals Love the Hole you have dug,,,, Dont worry the door did not hit my butt on the way out !! I encourage any Conservative person to Retire out of state and Keep the money they earned from the state Of NY--

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cool randy.. I for one am happy for you. I understand how you feel about this state, I feel the same way. safe act and taxes are reason enough for me to haul ass as soon as I retire.
makes me angry to see our governor touring the state with money falling out of his pockets. he takes the money from people who work and gives it away to corporations and future votes.
Carolinas are looking good to me. good luck to you..... please god don't allow prince Andrew in the oval office.

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David. I honestly don't think you have to worry (too much) about Cuomo running for Commander in Chief.

Two days ago, I caught part of a (national) radio news segment. If you "google" the words (Oprah president), you'll find MANY articles referring to Oprah Winfrey saying she might consider running. Andrew Cuomo wouldn't stand a chance against her.

I remember that Jay Z (he's a "rapper" - not to be confused with the "raper" we had as a President in the 90's) said he might be considering running. I doubt he could get the "backing" of the DNC (not that it's needed), but, Oprah might well be the "sweetheart" they might be willing to endorse.

Me thinks the non-politician "can-of-squirms" has been opened.

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ed, I hope you are right but I believe people will vote for whomever gives them free stuff. the immigrant (self proclaimed) andy likes to pass out freebies. we're talking billions of dollars... wouldn't it be nice if the people who earned that money got to spend it the way they wanted to? not going to be that way in new York, the immigrant andy knows how to spend your money...... sometimes I feel so stupid for questioning anything the governor does.. he does keep getting re-elected......

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