Two meetings planned on New York SAFE Act
Ron Kolodziej

Assembly-man Marc Butler and NYS Rifle and Pistol Association President and NRA Board Member Tom King will host informational sessions in Fulton and Herkimer counties on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s new gun control law, the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013.

The Fulton County session will be held Monday, Feb. 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Pine Tree Rifle Club in Gloversville. The Herkimer County event will be held Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Salisbury Ridgerunners Club in Salisbury. These meetings are designed to inform the public about the new law in an effort to prevent accidental non-compliance.

Additionally, Butler will seek input and support for repeal of the law since he says it will infringe on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding New Yorkers and threatens the economic stability of the Mohawk Valley. These sessions are open to the public and admission is free.

So far, at least five states have contacted the parent company of Remington Arms in Ilion, extolling their virtues as Second Amendment friendly, business-friendly locations should the company decide to leave New York state. This flurry of courtships came immediately after Cuomo announced his highly touted but unpopular and abortive “toughest gun control laws in the nation” — the SAFE Act which, in reality, doesn’t make anyone any safer. How about just enforcing the abundance of gun laws we already have on the books?

Not knowing what impact the law might have on Remington’s operations, lawmakers from Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona and South Carolina have sent such letters. In and of itself, it’s not unusual for other states to send such letters to manufacturers occasionally, but this time there’s an increasingly cogent reason for doing so.


Though the letters didn’t mention specific economic incentives for moving to their states, they left the door open by asking Remington’s parent company to contact their economic development offices. I don’t know if any such contacts have been made, but the offers are there.

This has been described as “horrific news” by the unions representing Remington’s manufacturing employees. “This is the worst situation we’ve been in as far as other states wanting to lure us away.”

Even if Remington doesn’t leave New York state, the SAFE Act may still negatively impact employment levels at the plant. Can you imagine what that would do to the already hard-pressed economy in the Mohawk Valley generally, and in Ilion specifically?


Remington makes several types of rifles at the Ilion plant and employs 1,200 workers.

Since 2009 New York state has given Remington $5.4 million to expand and consolidate operations in Ilion, but that alone would not keep the company in the state because it’s likely it could receive even more from some other state if it decides to move.

Incidentally, did you notice the coincidence that the governor’s speedy legislation of the SAFE Act came on Jan. 15, one day before the 94th anniversary of the establishment of the Volstead Act — in other words, prohibition? Prohibition certainly worked well, didn’t it? The presidential “executive actions” came the following day, right on the 94th anniversary of the Volstead Act. I guess Gov. Cuomo wanted to be first in this race.


The Schroon Lake Fish & Game Club will conduct its 21st Annual Ice Fishing Contest on Schroon Lake Saturday and Sunday, March 2-3. The event begins at daylight Saturday and ends at 4 p.m. Sunday. All fish must be weighed in at the clubhouse and must be caught in the designated waters of Schroon Lake.

Pre-registration tickets cost $12 through Feb. 24 and $15 after that. Three cash prizes will be awarded for the three largest northern pike, salmon and trout, by weight, but prizes will also be awarded for the heaviest yellow perch and pickerel. In addition, there will also be a number of door prizes awarded hourly. For additional information, as well as entry instructions, you can call Drew Hanchett at (518) 542-7953.