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Germantown becomes the latest Gun Law Reform battleground

Posted at: 03/07/2013 11:35 PM
By: Dan Levy

GERMANTOWN - Heated conversations and comments about the controversial Safe Act continued to sweep through New York State Thursday night, the latest battleground being Germantown, where the month and a half old gun law took center stage.

In a standing room only crowd, the patriots of gun law repeal made it perfectly clear, they have no interest in sitting around and living their lives under the rules of the New York Safe Act.

"Once you register, they they know everyone who has a gun," said Ed Kahle, of Hudson Valley Americans for Freedom. "Hitler and Stalin did the same thing."

One of the goals is to pressure Columbia County officials into becoming the latest county to pass a resolution condemning the New York Safe Act, but their ultimate mission is forcing the state legislature to repeal it.

"I don't think there's a whole lot of chance we're going to see this nullified through the legislature," said Joanna Johnson-Smith, New York State coordinator of Guns Across America, "I'm banking on the courts."

State Senator Kathy Marchione (R - Halfmoon) says she likes some elements in the law but not all of them which is why she's sponsoring a repeal bill for sections of the law but not the entire law.

So what are the chances of repeal?

"Probably not going to happen," said Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R - Melrose), "Realistically it won't happen because they won't admit that they violated their oath of office and the Constitution by passing this."

"If we want repeal, you've got allies here," said Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R - Schoharie), referring to himself, Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin, Senator Kathy Marchione, and Congressman Chris Gibson, all of whom were in attendance."We're ready to do it but there's 211 members of the legislature and you need at least the majority of both houses to pass it and then the governor to agree to sign it."

Many people believe the case may go all the way to the U. S. Supreme Court.

"I think the gun ban here in New York State is going to be thrown out unconstitutional," said Gibson.

Also in attendance was Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka, who was asked if he intends to prosecute gun law violators. Citing the instance of another DA from downstate who was removed from a capital punishment case by the governor after publicly commenting about the death penalty, Czjaka responded, "I respectfully decline to answer for fear that that could happen to me."