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February 22, 2013

Ceretto opposes new gun bill

Tonawanda News — A local assemblyman is criticizing new gun legislation introduced in Albany that would require firearms owners to obtain a $1 million liability insurance policy. The bill would penalize gun owners who don’t purchase the policy by revoking their registration and license.

“This bill is a flawed attempt to further strip New Yorkers of their Second Amendment rights,” Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-Lewiston, said. 

Ceretto said the bill would make owning a gun extremely expensive, and would therefore make it much harder for those in the state to exercise their rights. 

“First, no insurer will provide coverage for negligent and willful acts involving a firearm, which this bill requires. Secondly, the bill does not define the term ‘firearm,’ either within the bill text or by reference to another statute, making it unclear exactly what types of firearms would be affected by the bill and opening it up to a liberal interpretation of the definition of ‘firearm,’ thereby impacting every gun owner in the state,” he said. 

Ceretto’s comments follow his criticism against the SAFE Act passed in January. 

Ceretto is encouraging local residents from Erie and Niagara counties to attend the protest against the act at a rally at the state capitol on Tuesday. For details about transportation to the event, please contact Assemblyman Ceretto’s district office by phone at 716-282-6062 or by e-mail at cerettoj@assembly.state.ny.us.

“Clearly, there is a deepening divide between downstate political interests and the Second Amendment rights of upstate, central and Western New Yorkers,” Ceretto said. 

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