Counties Condemning NY SAFE Act

February 20, 2013 Updated Feb 20, 2013 at 7:20 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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February 20, 2013 Updated Feb 20, 2013 at 7:20 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - More protests are coming from gun owners who say they will not give up their rights.

The NY SAFE Act debate continues in county after county.

Every single county in Western New York is taking up the issue.

Fueled by a month of protests and concerns of gun owners, more than 20 counties in New York have passed resolutions against the state's sweeping new gun law, which cracks down on everything from assault rifles to registration and ammo supplies.

Richard Sherry, a target shooter, tells Eyewitness News this legislation "makes my guns illegal. Nobody makes seven round magazines for half of my guns."

Shane Szczesk adds "The people are getting guns illegally, they're getting them either way. So it doesn't matter. They're taking them away from law abiding citizens."

In Western New York, resolutions have been adopted in Orleans, Wyoming, Cattaraugus and Niagara counties, all urging a repeal of some or all of the law.

On Thursday, Erie County will address the NY SAFE Act. Legislators are expected to vote shortly after gun rights advocates rally in Niagara Square.

Two resolutions are on the table.

The minority caucus says gun control is one thing, but the NY SAFE Act and the way in which it passed goes too far.

Joseph Lorigo (C), a sponsor of one of the resolution's, says "We want to see a repeal, and then an opportunity for residents and every side of the issue to be heard so that a common sense bill to be discussed."

Democrats in the majority caucus urge the state to clear up and change several issues in the law, including how it will financially affect county governments, with mounds of new paperwork and fiscal responsibilities.

A committee in Chautauqua County is voting on a motion for a resolution Wednesday evening.

Genesee and Allegany counties will be voting on their own resolutions as well in the near future.