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December 5, 2013

Sheriffs oppose use of logos on SAFE website


Peter Kehoe, the executive director of the New York State Sheriff’s Association, told The Daily Star that some sheriffs felt it was “a bad idea” when they learned the state may be using county seals on a state website for pistol permit renewals.

“We think they need permission to use the logos and the seals,” Kehoe said. They (state officials) were hoping to use them. But I think it would be overbearing to use the official seals of the counties without the counties’ permission.”

The idea of using county seals on a website to administer a program being mandated by the state also didn’t sit well with Otsego County Clerk Kathy Sinnott-Gardner. “There’s no way I’m putting my seal on that,” she said. “The state made this decision so they can put their own seal on it.”

The proposed resolution that the Otsego County board will tackle Wednesday was teed up by the board’s Public Safety Committee, led by county Rep. James Powers, R-Butternuts.

Powers argued that the SAFE Act not only fails to enhance public safety but could end up jeopardizing it. “We have a lot of good old boys out here in the woods with guns,” Powers said, “and the last thing you want to do is poke them in the eye with something like this.”

Powers said he views the governor as “a thug” who has placed restrictions on legal gun owners while advocating for tax breaks for a film industry that glorifies violence. He noted that recent reports indicated that the mass murderer in Newtown, Conn., was a regular viewer of violent video games.

Thomas King, the head of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, said he was pleased to learn some counties are now trying to disassociate themselves from the state’s effort to administer pistol permits renewals.

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