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March 7, 2013

Otsego board calls for gun law's repeal

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Explaining her support for repeal, Rosenthal said: “It was the way the law was enacted, aside from the fact there were definitely flaws in it. I would like to see good legislation come out of Albany, and I could not support SAFE Act because of the way it was done, in the dark of night, no sunshine, and with no public input.”

Many owners of firearms urged county representatives to come out in favor of repeal, arguing the oath of office required that they uphold the U.S. Constitution.

Koutnik said gun control “absolutely not in violation of the Second Amendment” and argued a better approach would be to amend the legislation.

“The idea of restricting access to firearms to people who are going to use them violently against others, I think, is a good idea,” he said. He said he was concerned that if the measure is repealed, Republicans will block any attempt to replace it.

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