As Democrats and gun control advocates praise the New York State Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013, or NY SAFE Act as it is generally known, for being the first post-Newtown gun control legislation in the country, county after county in New York State has either introduced or passed resolutions calling for the law’s repeal.
As of March 11, a total of 52 out of New York State’s 62 counties have introduced resolutions requesting the repeal of the NY SAFE Act. Of those 52 county resolutions, 40 of them have already passed — meaning that roughly two-thirds of the counties of New York State reject Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “landmark” gun control legislation.
Of the state’s 10 remaining counties that have yet to introduce any such anti-NY SAFE Act resolution, half of them are in New York City. New York City is composed of five boroughs — Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, and The Bronx — each of which is also a state county (respectively: Kings County, New York County, Queens County, Richmond County, and Bronx County). Outside of New York City, the five remaining counties that have not introduced repeal resolutions are Nassau, Schenectady, Suffolk, Tompkins, and Westchester.
Maybe the state of New York—which ranges from purple to red—should kick out New York City and it’s “leech and breach” culture of sucking up government services and criminalizing and assaulting anyone that doesn’t want to play by their draconian rules.
There are a raft of lawsuits targeting NY SAFE for violating the New York and U.S. Constitutions, and there is a very real possibility that a New York Supreme Court (which oddly enough, is the lowest ranking court in that wackjob state) judge will issue an injunction blocking the law from taking effect.
Cuomo bit off more than he could chew. Let’s hope he chokes on it.