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Gun resolution draws pushback


February 13, 2013

Like other town boards across the state, the board of the Town of Callicoon considered and passed a resolution opposing the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013 (SAFE Act) passed by the state legislature and signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo in the wake of the killing of school children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

The resolution begins, “Whereas the right of the people to keep and bear arms is guaranteed as an individual right to keep and bear arms under the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.” The board voted unanimously to pass it.

That sparked a sharp admonition from Dr. Ken Hilton, former superintendent of the Sullivan West School District, who said, “I’m shocked at the resolution you just approved. I’m speaking as a former member of the National Rifle Association, licensed by them as a rifle/shotgun instructor. Did you read the words of that resolution? You know that all constitutional rights have limitations. The First Amendment doesn’t allow you to go into a crowded theater and yell fire.”