MAYVILLE – The message was clear Tuesday night at the Mayville VFW, if you don’t agree with the SAFE Act, get involved.
On Tuesday, the Chautauqua County chapter of SCOPE – Shooters Committee on Political Education – met at the Mayville VFW Post 8647, 10 Memorial Drive, to discuss Second Amendment rights with state Sen. Catharine Young, R-C-I Olean.
Sid Compton, SCOPE spokesman, said members need to get involved by finding like-minded politicians that are against the SAFE Act and work on getting them elected to state government.
”The biggest thing we can do is get people registered and get them out to vote,” he said.
Compton said the county chapter of SCOPE is on a probation period for one year, and then the group can be an official club.
”It is good to have a group like this statewide,” he said. ”Believe it or not, some politicians don’t know how you feel.”
Compton said when he talked to Sen. Young about speaking at a meeting, he said, ”She wanted to help any way she could.”
Young said there are two parties in New York state – Upstate and Downstate. She said there is a philosophical difference between those living in Chautauqua County and those who live in New York City when it comes to the SAFE Act. Young said New York City residents believe guns are the problem when acts of violence occur, and not the people committing the crimes.
”It really helps me when I’m in Albany to have people like you in my corner,” she said. ”I truly appreciate SCOPE, and whoever protects the Second Amendment.”
Young said the SAFE Act became possible in the state when the Democratic Party gained control of the state Senate after the 2012 fall election. She said previous to losing control of the state Senate, the Republican-controlled government body was able to block gun-control laws approved by the Democratic-led state Assembly. However, with both houses now controlled by Democrats, the SAFE Act was clear to be passed by both the state Assembly and Senate.
Young said the best way to fight the SAFE Act for those in attendance at the meeting is to talk to people face-to-face to let them know the bill is a violation against their Constitutional rights.
”People getting involved will help,” she said. ”You got to continue to be involved. Government has to know people care.”
Some of the questions Young was asked involved the limit on cartridges in magazines, federal lawsuits to repeal the SAFE Act and the five-year pistol permit renewal clause.
Compton said at the August meeting of SCOPE he hopes candidates this fall for county government will be able to attend to answer questions. He also said SCOPE will start having a presence in the community at area festivals like the county fair and the Gerry Rodeo.
”Where people are going to be, we need to have a booth there,” he said.