On the heels of several corrections officers being treated for possible fentanyl exposure, two North Country state representatives are calling on the state to put drug-sniffing dogs in every state prison. The measure would call on the state to place a drug-sniffing dog in every correctional facility across the state with a minimum of one hundred inmates.

Assemblyman Mark Walczyk, R-Watertown, and Senator Patty Ritchie, R-Heuvelton, announced Friday that they have introduced legislation they say “would crack down on drugs being smuggled into state prisons, effectively strengthening the safety of corrections officers.”

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About 100 people showed up at the Feb. 3 St. Lawrence County legislature meeting and some of the group called on the board to make the county a ‘Second Amendment sanctuary.’ A Second Amendment sanctuary, sometimes called a gun sanctuary, means a county or municipality that passes a resolution against enforcing gun control measures that Second Amendment advocates see as unconstitutional. Generally, the board hashes out the resolutions at the committee level and then brings them to a monthly full board meeting once it’s ready to be voted on. For more, see story here:

Do you support making St. Lawrence County a “Second Amendment Sanctuary?”

49.7% -- Yes

47.9 -- No

2.2% – Unsure

Total responses: 776

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Too many guns already.

2/16/2020 10:56 PM

Only a donkey would.

2/16/2020 10:40 PM

Yes 100% , people up here are getting tired of NYC elected officials making all these anti gun laws that affect the whole state . I understand things are different down there, but something like this should be a county to county thing, that apply with Federal Law of course. Upstate NY does not get much say because of our population , but maybe someday everyone will use more common sense when passing laws just because they are in a budget and think about the long term impact of what they are voting on to the people of the state

2/16/2020 10:37 PM

No, it’s all just bull!


2/16/2020 8:36 PM

Vote out anyone who supports this foolishness

2/16/2020 8:32 PM

Trump has given acceptance to so many haters around here, we don't need to promote guns along with that

2/16/2020 8:31 PM

unless your'e using a gun to help feed our family, they are just a source of problems

2/16/2020 8:28 PM

I'm tired of North Country Now supporting all the low IQs in the area

2/16/2020 8:26 PM


2/16/2020 8:01 PM

no the red necks aint gonna win this one

2/16/2020 8:00 PM

This aint texas yet thank god

2/16/2020 7:58 PM

crazy question

2/16/2020 7:57 PM


2/16/2020 7:56 PM

No way

2/16/2020 7:55 PM

If you like tis, you like severe cramps and hiharea

2/16/2020 7:53 PM

to for whoever agreed to this are the problem and don't even know it

2/16/2020 7:51 PM

are you crazy

2/16/2020 7:48 PM


2/16/2020 7:47 PM

not only no hell no

2/16/2020 7:46 PM

way too many haters in the big county

2/16/2020 7:45 PM

hell no Way too many trumpsters with hate in their heart

2/16/2020 7:44 PM

absolutely NO

2/16/2020 7:43 PM

NCN asks the dumbest questions

2/16/2020 7:31 PM

you know their are too many already that shouldn't have guns

2/16/2020 7:29 PM

not everyone is a red neck....wish this news media would stop supporting them and their stupid ideas

2/16/2020 7:28 PM

smart people have left this county for better places....only people left are the crazies who cant leave or too paranoid to leave

2/16/2020 7:26 PM

too many crazy gun owners in this county

2/16/2020 7:23 PM

too much family brutality in this county

2/16/2020 7:22 PM

No...there are too many mentally challenged people in st lawrence county. i know a lot of temper tantrum residents who shouldn't have guns and Im sure a lot of other people know plenty that shouldnt have the guns they have. This is a recipe for disaster.

2/16/2020 7:19 PM

I am a handgun / firearm owner, we need to respect the laws of New York whether we like them or not ,and change them when we don't think they are right. The man that said they were keeping a list of the opposition should be arrested for threatening the legislature.

2/16/2020 6:59 PM

Nothing will ever happen in this welfare county. The 2nd amendment means nothing in this state.

2/16/2020 4:07 PM

We need stronger gun laws not more protection. No one needs an assault rifle to take a deer. Keeping our children safe in schools is far more important.

2/16/2020 1:21 PM

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State...". If these gun owners took their obligations to protect our security seriously, I would take their tantrums a little seriously.

2/16/2020 12:29 PM

no second amendment no first amendment.

2/16/2020 11:57 AM

It is a absolute necessity, given the nature of downstate leftists. Sadly, local politicians care more about losing state money than protecting their voters.

2/16/2020 11:23 AM

After listening to some of those idiots at the meeting, I think that not only should they not have guns, they should have to go to counseling!

2/16/2020 10:32 AM

I would like too be a sanctuary county from Cuomo for ever!

2/16/2020 9:46 AM

What the Hell are these people talking about? Background checks? Seeing that people with mental illness or a record of domestic abuse should not have a gun? Nothing proposed to stop hunting or individual guns for personal protection. The 2nd amendment is not being overtaken. Crazy.

2/16/2020 9:12 AM

Think about what is going on? The liberal Loons in control of NYS Goverment are releasing criminals to the street while trying to remove your right to a firearm to protect yourself. Vote to uphold the US Constitution ! And better yet, vote the liberal loons out of office before it is too late.

2/16/2020 9:09 AM

We wouldn't need to consider such thoughts/actions if our governments from the bottom up would actually listen to their constituents as they were voted into office to do and stop playing party political games otherwise. And we wonder why societies rise up against their governments. I never thought I'd see our great country heading down such a wrongful path.

2/16/2020 8:44 AM

We really have a relatively crime-free environment. *In general, it seems, advocates of reduced gun control tend to reference the need for protection. Also? The 2nd Amendment references the possession of guns as a means to protect the security of "a Free State". I doubt we'll have an uprising here or an invasion.

2/16/2020 8:34 AM

Sounds like the start of st Lawrence county becoming a all inclusive outdoors paradise. Hey, all the extra money we pay for gas could help out! Take away guns and make this a snow shoveling destination is all that’s left.

2/16/2020 7:39 AM

its needed against tyranny

2/16/2020 7:11 AM

No! You do not get to pick and choose which laws to follow and enforce. That is what elections are for. If you not live with the law, then MOVE. If you are a Law Enforcement Officer and you are not willing to enforce it, the RESIGN. You took an oath. Keep it or find another line of work.

2/16/2020 6:30 AM

Don't know enough details

2/15/2020 9:33 PM

Laws are laws...elections make changes to laws...if every gun owner voted, Cuomo would be history. Many gun owners don’t vote...they bear the responsibility for the loss of their Second Amendment rights here in NY.

2/15/2020 7:35 PM

If you don't like the current laws, you work on changing them. You don't just ignore them because you don't like them. That's what "Rule of Law" means.

2/15/2020 1:09 PM

Gun nuts need to relax

2/15/2020 1:06 PM

None of our Constitutional liberties are absolute. Speech and privacy rights have been limited in order to protect the greater good. The 2nd Amendment is no exception, and activists should see it as such. Educate yourselves rather than follow the Republican Party blindly. Bullying and election threats do not enhance your cause, but further the idea that your argument is weak. Cite the 2nd Amendment as much as you like. Look over the entire Constitution and cite some other notable words, like "necessary and proper". Although the United States has its flaws, it is a great nation. A strength is that the Constitution was designed to be a living document, able to adapt to changing times. It's not 1787 anymore.

2/15/2020 12:21 PM

Nobody's taking guns away from lawful owners, so this is an overreaction to someone's, well, overreaction. Imagine if the passion displayed over this issue were put instead into such matters as, say, ending hunger in the county, or creating meaningful employment opportunities.

2/15/2020 11:43 AM

No, absolutely not. Bunch of parenoid people with a half baked idea that the politicians are taken their guns away. i haven't heard one politician say that. I am a 62 year old hunter and own several rifles and shotguns. One shot with my bolt action rifle is all it takes to kill a deer. I don't see any need for anyone to use an assualt rifle with large capacity clips to hunt deer. As for self defense, a shotgun is all that's needed. Target practice, i use my 22 rimfire. I fully support assault weapons ban, and complete background checks.

2/15/2020 6:22 AM

Yes, Because government is infringing on my rights and not just the 2nd Amendment

2/15/2020 1:31 AM

This is a dumb idea.

2/14/2020 11:35 PM

52 of NY state’s 62 counties, including Ulster, have passed resolutions opposing the safe act. Lets start the Second Amendment Sanctuary!

2/14/2020 11:08 PM

NYS ranks third lowest in gun death rates. I do not support the "Second Amendment Sanctuary" 70% of Americans support stricter gun laws. Background checks make sense

2/14/2020 10:39 PM

2nd Amendment is not about hunting, it's about keeping the government under our control not them controlling us.

2/14/2020 9:54 PM

fear dosn't over rule my rights seems to me every time the king wants the king gets wtf kdw

2/14/2020 6:07 PM

I believe that everyone should be allowed to carry a concealed weapon

2/14/2020 3:36 PM

I think we already have enough crazy people running around with guns. I think we should outlaw guns, then there will be no more shootings!

2/14/2020 3:25 PM

What's the point?...

2/14/2020 3:13 PM

Most of OUR NYS State Legislature and Gov. Cuomo are wrong, again.

2/14/2020 3:06 PM

not that I think there should be no gun control laws, but the "safe act" is a joke and should be abolished.

2/14/2020 2:24 PM

I find it so ironic that these people are the same people who scream and complain when someone breaks a law, or is released on bail, however, because this law fits their narrative, they want absolutely no part in it. Again, looking at the FACTS of this law, it for the most part has NOT been used or required in St. Lawrence County. God forbid we uphold a law that makes good sense.

2/14/2020 1:08 PM

GUNS!!!! this county is becoming stupider and stupider and TRASHIER.You would THINK that there are MORE important issue to worry about-like jobs, healthcare, education.... I think whoever thought this up suffers from teeny tiny pee-pee syndrome....

2/14/2020 12:53 PM

No of course not ! I would feel very uncomfortable IF anybody and everybody that wanted to, could have the privilege to"pack " like in the days of Dodge City with the cactus, tumbleweeds and saloons . In my view SLC is a model county , which is ( the largest county in New York State) and for the most part ,well run by competent council leaders and the population is statistically law-abiding , and hard working . Yes I am a gun owner with a concealed permit and have for 40 years BUT am a firm believer of a FULL extensive back ground check for those that want ANY kind of gun, and in equal detailed comparison of being able to get an "enhanced license" to cross the Canadian Border etc. If SLC wants to be in the head-lines with full press coverage as a " yes we can" county why not just endorse us as a sanctuary for the use of 'pot" ie. (marijuana) with of course individual amount restrictions , like other states who have a very low tax rate, among other financial rewards with the taxed sale of . I love SLC and hope it continues to thrive in industry and the job market and why not focus on that rather than a "cult view" !!

2/14/2020 11:54 AM

It already is according to the Constitution.

2/14/2020 11:38 AM

Guns aren't what brings money to this economy or what makes our community vibrant. Why would that be the priority of our legislature to protect guns over people?

2/14/2020 11:15 AM

I am in favor of stronger gun laws to protect our community and would like to see current laws more consistently enforced. No one needs an assault weapon or high powered machine gun. There should also be more education in school about these laws because a lot of students get a certain rhetoric at home and it would be good to bring neutral ideas to the table about the community's well-being and safety. There are plenty of real life stories to support it.

2/14/2020 9:01 AM

There isn't a man big enough to come take my guns!

2/14/2020 8:38 AM

Look up the definition of terrorism, and then read last week's article about what went on at that meeting. Sounds like a few people should have been arrested.

2/14/2020 8:08 AM

We are a representative republic. We elect people to enact laws. We don't get to pick and choose which ones we'll follow.

2/14/2020 7:59 AM

Carpalini come to st Lawrence county. We have to stand up to Cuomo sometime soon. I’ve lost respect for Bigwarfe the way he stated he can’t pick and choose laws but when they infringe and are pushed through on a partisan platform how can you enforce . Just another way I as a law abiding gun collecting citizen is loosing my rights because of a liberal led state that does not enforce laws on the books instead they create new ones. I wonder if Bigwarfe will happily embrace the green light law and look down on second amendment constituents. Maybe he told us what we wanted to hear to get elected we will see

2/14/2020 7:24 AM

NYS needs stop catering to all the crying liberal democrats.

2/14/2020 4:52 AM

Hell no

2/14/2020 2:26 AM

Good Christ when I see photos and videos of these overweight dudes who can't hardly stand up from a seated position representing gun rights issues, it just sets me off. Come on, we gun owners have an image problem and its partly do to the fact that every time there is a gathering its a bunch of fat rednecks with big mouths. Get off your four-wheelers and actually hunt for gods sakes, do some situps, try some real run and gun drills on a course, get in shape, live damn you live! The second thing is that the whole idea of wasting energy in activism for a sanctuary is misguided, stupid and promoted by some lazy state level NRA ringleader. How about you bastards promote viable candidates across the state that can actually repeal the restrictions on the the Second Amendment at the source, the State Mutha-Fing Legislature. Instead you are asking county sheriff's deputies to break the law, even though the law is onerous, so you can play "pew pew I'm a cowboy" when you aint no pistol packin papa that's for sure! Pick a real target and aim better.

2/14/2020 12:28 AM

No sanctuary, Fine as it is now.

2/13/2020 10:55 PM

Absolutely not. This need not even be up for discussion. The United States is the only the nation in the world that has more guns than people. When you a flood a country with 350 million guns, strip down all of the checks and balances and safety measures, refuse to pass even the most basic, common sense gun reforms, then defund education, defund community centers, and maintain one of the worst mental health systems in the entire country, what the hell did you think is going to happen?

2/13/2020 9:40 PM

For all of their obsession with the Second Amendment it's painfully obvious these dorks know nothing about the rest of the Constitution, particularly the Supremacy Clause

2/13/2020 8:54 PM

Is this a joke? The 'Onion' comes to St. Lawrence County! A Vote to break the law. These sad folks need to get a life.

2/13/2020 8:50 PM

Until gun control measures are declared unconstitutional they are the law, and our police take an oath to enforce the law. Don't undermine the rule of law!

2/13/2020 8:16 PM

Utterly ridiculous

2/13/2020 7:55 PM

Children are dying. Your second amendment right doesn't trump their constitutional right to live.

2/13/2020 7:52 PM

Ita stupid. There is no such thing as a sanctuary County. Its not a real thing

2/13/2020 7:48 PM

I support the second amendment, but I do not believe that it should be interpreted as narrowly as some gun-rights advocates do. The NRA has lobbied to prevent the CDC from studying gun violence as a public health issue, they’ve lobbied to keep guns in the hands of perpetrators of domestic violence, and to remove mandatory waiting periods. These follies lead to injury and loss of life.

2/13/2020 6:45 PM

Some of those people at the meeting who spoke were pretty ignorant. They made a good case for having their guns removed!

2/13/2020 6:05 PM

As a college teacher - when we already have incidents of mistreatment to students of color in town ( being followed in stores, yelled the n word from cars, unfriendly attitudes, etc) I find this initiative extremely dangerous. This initiative is related to the horrific racist behavior displayed by our local police department when they accuse a Black man of murdering a child. No one has dared to pursue the issue further, but string racism is engraved among us, locally.

2/13/2020 5:26 PM

Absolutely not. I understand this is a hunting area but many have guns just to have them. Gun ownership provides easier access for accidents and suicide and really needs MUCH better regulation.

2/13/2020 5:03 PM

St Lawrence county taxpayers should pay no cost to sub Cost

2/13/2020 4:31 PM


2/13/2020 4:23 PM

Well, yes sir! Like the folks in the north country, the Constitution is plain and simple.The DUMMYCRATS have it all wrong! It was Abraham Washington who came here on the Mayflower NOT Mao Tse Stalin! When the Jesus parted the Red Sea he did it with a SMITH & Wesson on his side, not no fancy learnin book! Make this a sanctuary city where we can eat at Taco Bell and be safe from Mexicans. I am grateful to that purty missy Stefanack and all the good legislators for hearing our views - keep them commie scientists and professors out of decision making! Guns, ATVs, and Renta-Center is what makes this country great, lets protect both of them!

2/13/2020 4:23 PM

Gun control is a must and there will always be people who feel that the 2nd Amendment rights are being threatened, just as there will be people who feel that gun control laws need to be stricter. There must be a balance between the two view points.

2/13/2020 3:56 PM

Gun control for law abiding citizens is not the answer to the gun violence in this country. We need to focus on promoting mental health just as we promote physical health.

2/13/2020 3:30 PM

I no longer see NY laws as applicable to me or anyone else. I only adhere to federal gun laws.

2/13/2020 2:22 PM

Sanctuary for Trump lovers .....

2/13/2020 2:08 PM

yes , the county needs to do this as a measure to control the ever expanding gun grabbing laws that are being passed yearly .the county as a whole is made up of legal gun owners that the politicians want to strip of their 2- A rights because of criminals .

2/13/2020 1:27 PM

I do not believe a 15-30 shot clip is necessary while hunting in the wood. Leave the automatic to the military. Back in the day there was no standing army.

2/13/2020 12:57 PM

lock n load.

2/13/2020 12:55 PM

absolutely and all sheriff and legislators that dont agree should be voted out of office

2/13/2020 12:17 PM

This is absolute nonsense. Stop thinking with your fannies. Your guns are not your penises. There are many people who should not have access to a weapon....maybe its you folks? Being so obsessed with an inanimate object is questionable.

2/13/2020 11:55 AM

Let our law enforcement take care of enforcing the laws

2/13/2020 11:13 AM

I trust the wisdom of the legislators to reject this absurd proposal.

2/13/2020 10:56 AM

Do your schools have lock down drills? Why?

2/13/2020 10:41 AM

not legal

2/13/2020 10:39 AM

we need less guns, and no assault weapons in the hands of the general public!

2/13/2020 10:30 AM

I believe that the Constitution itself vests the arbitration of constitutionality in the Supreme Court, not private citizens. Unless, of course, the Constitution itself is unconstitutional...

2/13/2020 10:08 AM

I am a gun person. I've always been around and owned guns. The NY Safe Act is really not a big deal. I support the Safe Act. A lot of people are over reacting. Everybody just calm down a little.

2/13/2020 9:47 AM


2/13/2020 9:44 AM

States should not be allowed to make firearms laws.

2/13/2020 9:41 AM

Sounds like the libs want to get around the red flag and bump stock ban laws Trump is putting in place. Trump is doing what he has to in order to fight big gun manufacturers. Too bad, he is your president!! Get used to it for 4 more years. TRUMP!!!

2/13/2020 9:41 AM

I have no issue with hunters. A hunter doesn't need a high capacity magazine to kill a deer. Violent crime is incredibly low now. Most strident supporters I've talked to have this delusion that they need these to fight off the government some day. Sorry bud, your fully decked out AR won't help against the full force of the US military. Especially when you keep voting for people who constantly pour more tax payer money into military spending each year.

2/13/2020 9:21 AM

It is a sad state that 99.9% of the good, honest, hard working, gun owner(s) is punished by the criminal actions of the less than .1%. Punish the bad guy not the good guy. Support second amendment sanctuary for STLC.

2/13/2020 8:33 AM

It's unnecessary. SLC gun owners are responsible people and we are not facing street violence with firearms. Sportsmen and women are doing just fine here and don't need a resolution that pits the county against the law.

2/13/2020 8:07 AM

Sensible regulation does not mean we will have to give up all of our guns.

2/13/2020 7:58 AM

Government Overreach & Infringement on our everyday life & freedom needs to be put back in check they have forgotten that they are supposed to represent the majority of the voters views not theirs & the ones with the money that back them. Not only firearms also bail reforms, free tuition while public schools cut staff due to budget shortfalls etc.

2/13/2020 7:43 AM

We don't need guns to keep us safe. Just more sane people.

2/13/2020 7:23 AM

This movement, to bring more guns and gun culture into our community is destructive and unecessary. There is absolutely no threat to any law abiding gun owner that requires these measures. This initiative has no foundation in law. This is propaganda designed by gun manufacturers to sell more product to gullible people.

2/12/2020 11:09 PM

This is a really stupid idea.

2/12/2020 10:37 PM

Absolutely not, there is no need for this resolution in St. Lawrence County. No one is try to take away anyone's right to bear arms, but banning assault weapons is a good thing..

2/12/2020 10:02 PM

This is the latest whack job craze. One of the guys I shoot with told me he's declared his home a second amendment sanctuary. Why??? For the same reason we had to burry our guns in the backyard to keep Obama from getting them? There are gunowners who seem to have no regard for the law or understanding of the constitution. Our rights evolved from The Enlightenment. These sanctuary clowns don't have an iota of a clue about the origins of our nation, our freedoms and our rights. What I find compelling (I am a gunowner, sportsman, competitive shooter, instructor) is that most of the gun crazies have never served and many of them have never received any firearms training. Sanctuary? How about a weekend in the county jail instead.

2/12/2020 7:46 PM

Any effort to support law abiding gun owners their second amendment rights is imperative at this time.

2/12/2020 7:07 PM

No, you freaking gun nuts. You're scary af.

2/12/2020 6:30 PM

The county can't afford to defend this in courts for years.

2/12/2020 4:55 PM

It gives citizens a voice on the ridiculousness of the SAFE act that King Cuomo forced through during a middle of the night under handed sneak attack on our constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

2/12/2020 4:43 PM

We should be protecting people, not guns. Really pathetic.

2/12/2020 4:37 PM

The progressive political climate makes it necessary,as sad as it is.

2/12/2020 4:30 PM

They want to shoot it out us government.

2/12/2020 4:25 PM

FBI data as recently as 2014 showed that almost eight times as many people were killed by guns in arguments than by civilians using a gun in self-defense. Multiple surveys, including the National Crime Victimization Survey, show that guns are used to commit crimes about ten times more often than they are used to stop a crime. And an analysis of hundreds of shootings in Philadelphia found that people carrying firearms were about 4.5 times more likely to be shot than those not carrying, likely due to unnecessary conflict escalation. So on balance, guns make situations more dangerous, not less.

2/12/2020 4:21 PM

How many school shootings would they like?

2/12/2020 4:19 PM

Buttholes should be shot with their own gun, they voted for trump Stefanik etc ..

2/12/2020 4:12 PM

I support the second amendment, but I don't agree with ignoring the laws. It makes us no better than the loony liberals.

2/12/2020 3:52 PM

Yes the SAFE acts sucks but this would go way beyond that.

2/12/2020 1:38 PM

Gun control is not the problem, no matter where you live. certainly not going to change what has happened, it's not the guns, it's the people. that need fixing.

2/12/2020 1:21 PM

We need to ignore ALL unconstitutional laws. "The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed". What part of "shall not be infringed" don't you understand?

2/12/2020 1:16 PM

Gun control is not the answer. If someone wants one, they will find one legally or illegally.

2/12/2020 1:12 PM


2/12/2020 11:36 AM

Correction: *100 snowflakes showed up at the Feb. 3 St. Lawrence County Legislature Meeting. DEY GUNA TEK EUR GUNS!

2/12/2020 11:18 AM

first off I am a gun owner. I see this no different then the states and cities that set it up too harbor anything or anyone that does not abide by the law, just because we do not like that law. what we need to do is have all new people in office that are working for the people AND NOT FOR THEM SELF. these people think we are not smart enough to think for our self. all these gun laws do not stop crooks from getting them. they only hinder the people whom are trying too follow the rules.

2/12/2020 11:13 AM

DEMOCRATS, especially Gov. Cuomo constantly undermine the U.S. Constitution, by supporting sanctuary cities, states and attacking the Second Amendment. Many of these people took an oath to support and defend the Constitution, they don't, so that responsibility must be left up to Americans who still believe in the Constitution. Do not ask, when will be the time to fight back, the time to fight back is NOW!

2/12/2020 10:43 AM

We already are. Protected by the US Constitution. The Resolution should be for supporting the US Constitution and our way of life.

2/12/2020 8:26 AM

very much so

2/12/2020 8:21 AM

Yes! My 6 family members also want this! We all live in St. Lawrence County. It is a right to All (excluding felons and any illegal immigrants) to own a firearm. If this right continues to be infringed on, all of our rights will be eventually taken away from us, the United States Citizen! Trump 2020!

2/12/2020 7:27 AM

Yes- It is time that the Libs eat some of their same medicine. If sanctuary cities are “legal” and states for illegal aliens the what is good for the goose is good for the gander. Gun owners need to defend their right to bear arms. The libs are already restricting free speech with the politically correct madness and the easily offended thin skinned whiners. The libs want a gradual erosion of our rights with the goal of turning the USA into a socialistic poohole. Firearms are the citizens key to keeping all the other rights.

2/12/2020 5:45 AM

No; this is not even legal or Constitutional for a local jurisdiction to contemplate. It is another NRA-inspired sham move to stop sensible gun safety laws. In fact, over 90 percent of school shooters are students at the campuses they attack, and 80 percent get their weapons from family members, according to the Violence Project's Mass Shooter Database. The controlling clause of the 2nd amendment states: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State," and what these people have in mind has nothing to do with a "well-regulated militia."

2/12/2020 4:19 AM

Bang trump

2/12/2020 12:29 AM

If the lying, lawless, sleazy SOCIALIST DEMS continue to relax law & order and side with crooks, criminals, & illegals, you are going to need your firearms just for solace, peace of mind, and your own self preservation. You can’t depend on the law to come save your A - - in a timely fashion when a perp breaks into your home and assaults you! jhd

2/11/2020 7:54 PM

Yes but more importantly I support this state getting rid of the governor and the democratic controlled government so that we can get responsible, fair, and reasonable laws for the citizens of New York state and not just NYC or criminals and illegals!

2/11/2020 7:00 PM

The whole country should be a second amendment sanctuary. It is in the constitution. Instead we make the state a sanctuary for non-citizens so they have more right the the citizens do.

2/11/2020 4:23 PM

shall not be infringed.

2/11/2020 4:22 PM


2/11/2020 4:02 PM

Trump 2020 MAGA

2/11/2020 3:55 PM

It’s a right not a privilege

2/11/2020 3:15 PM

Reasonable regulation of guns makes good sense

2/11/2020 2:45 PM

Crazy gun laws in NY State are unconstitutional.

2/11/2020 12:43 PM

I support it but there still has to be some form of control to protect our officers from harm. I understand the Sheriffs concerns as well.

2/11/2020 12:35 PM

The comments from the meeting illustrate exactly why this country (and county) need stronger gun control...wackos threatening a "bloodbath".

2/11/2020 12:33 PM

Laws that go against the amendments cannot be legally enforced!

2/11/2020 12:08 PM

While I support the second ammendement, I feel like with the drug problems currently facing the county, it would be silly to advertise to drug dealers and other undesirables, "hey come here, we won't enforce the state's gun laws."

2/11/2020 12:01 PM

When you take all the regulations away, it just makes all varieties of weapons available to anyone including mentally impaired and young inexperienced people and raises the risk of death for innocent bystanders. Just imagine the legalization of automatic weapons and the danger they pose. The only use of this type of weapon is to kill a human. How many gun owners hunt with assault rifles or high powered pistols. I do not advocate complete gun restrictions, but I have no problem registering anything that I have. What is to hide. Too many shootings for no good reason. Guns need to be restricted and for a specific use . We do not live in the wild west. Think of someone you know that should not carry a loaded gun and then think that there is no way to stop it.

2/11/2020 11:34 AM

i'm here for the angry comments people aggressively post that you can't even reply to. These surveys are feces shows

2/11/2020 11:32 AM

Absolutely. Give up our second amendment rights and the rest will follow!

2/11/2020 11:20 AM

Wake up and join the rest of the civilized world. There is no need to own guns unless you are a hunter. Stop crying about your second amendment rights and focus on some better issues.

2/11/2020 10:11 AM

Shall not be infringed!!

2/11/2020 9:53 AM

The so called Safe Act is a political shame to make people "feel" safer. It doesn't accomplish a single thing, other that punish law-abiding, legal citizens.We already have thousands of gun laws on the books, including back ground checks.Criminals are labeled just that, because they simply do not follow or respect laws.And some of our elected politicians fail to follow the Constitution.

2/11/2020 9:33 AM

I fully support the Second Amendment but these guys are wingnuts. The only way gun control measures will be lessened in NYS is by voting out the NYC libs that have the majority in the legislature right now.

2/11/2020 9:22 AM

It is a good way to allow people to maintain self-protection -- against intruders, or even against out-of-control government(s) or its elected officials.

2/11/2020 9:05 AM

The government has absolutely NO RIGHTS taking out guns. We need protection from the liberals striping us of our constitutional rights. There is a huge red tsunami coming November and these selfish, moronic democrats will be soon out of any power they are in.

2/11/2020 9:04 AM

Every comment made about our second amendment is true. It is stated very clear. Shall not be infringed period. I with many others in this county will defend my rights.

2/11/2020 8:32 AM

I agree with the spirit of a Second Amendment Sanctuary County. In practical terms, it isn't as easy as that. The issue as I see it is that law abiding citizens are clearly being deprived of their traditional rights in small steps. We don't have to undergo a background check every time we wish to exercise any other Constitutional right. But "gun control" makes for good press in some political circles, so screw the law abiding citizen and lets make Prince Andrew Cuomo look good! Does anyone really believe that criminals, druggies, the insane or terrorists are going to comply with another "NEW! IMPROVED!" gun law? Meanwhile, out Governor forces police agencies to break Federal law and their oaths as regards the "Green Light" licensing law. Parts of the SAFE Act have already been overturned. It's just political gamesmanship for Cuomo and the Dems. Who suffers? The law abiding, tax paying, hard working citizens that want to keep their rights, that's who. The only people that obey gun laws are the law abiding! But it's a lot easier to punish that group than to go after the criminals and druggies, much less the insane. More gun laws, bail reform letting violent people go with an appearance ticket, voting rights for felons, early prison release, the push to legalize pot and other drugs...who do you think Cuomo and Co are catering to?

2/11/2020 7:41 AM

We own rifles and handguns . There is no reason for any normal citizen to own any automatic type weapon. Also, the red flag law is reasonable.

2/11/2020 7:31 AM

We are a country of laws. We should not pick the laws we choose to obey. Chaos results, e.g. the southern border. Get a stay from a judge and challenge in court while legislature attempts to amend the law.

2/11/2020 6:56 AM

It seems that the words shall not be infringed are misunderstood. When a government fears the people theres freedom. When the people fear the government, theres tyranny.

2/11/2020 6:45 AM

don't understand the question? is this against our gun rights?

2/11/2020 6:24 AM


2/11/2020 6:24 AM

We finally get rid of Jerry Richards and now it’s time to take our rights back.

2/11/2020 6:22 AM

The second amendment was created to legitimatize the slave patrols. Hopefully, we don't need to retain these sordid reminders of our past.

2/11/2020 5:57 AM

Way too many mentally ill people in this county have guns. They are just scarey !!!!! I havw children and too many crazys are running around this county.

2/11/2020 5:51 AM

Cuomo is creating laws, rules and regulations that pander to the New York City politicians. They are not a real world in our county.

2/11/2020 5:51 AM

If you follow the laws, you have nothing to fear.

2/11/2020 5:50 AM


2/11/2020 5:41 AM

Lock and Load.

2/11/2020 5:29 AM

I believe in the constitution and our rights are infringed on.

2/10/2020 9:42 PM

Absolutely. Lets stop the gun crazies from making all guns for law abiding citizens illegal. Just remember this: This is how Hitler started to take over Germany.

2/10/2020 9:08 PM

Yes, I do!

2/10/2020 7:58 PM

it is our constitutional right!

2/10/2020 5:06 PM

It’s not even a question, it’s a right in the US Constitution. And you frame the question like it’s up for negotiation. All of NYS government is out of compliance and are infringing upon are guaranteed rights. There will be a tipping point when cuomo or NYS overreaches and the people will rise up just like you’re seeing in Virginia. Don’t tread on me!

2/10/2020 4:18 PM

Our forefathers, wouldn't want it any others way. And that's all I got to say about that...

2/10/2020 3:54 PM

It is a constitutional right ! Ny state government needs to stop overstepping their bounds !

2/10/2020 3:41 PM

1776-flintlocks,no one could have imagined weapons of today.Any law abiding person who can't get ammo &weapons for hunting,recreational sport,or protection,without"2nd amendment sanctuary",probably aren't law abiding.

2/10/2020 3:32 PM


2/10/2020 3:01 PM

It is the duty of our elected personnel including the sheriff to PROTECT the rights of their people. Your oath is to the Constitution first NOT the state. Part of the reason people want this is bc people want some assurance that they won't be prosecuted for exercising their rights. As we all know, the current state laws regarding gun rights are ineffective, unconstitutional, and are aimed at fixing a problem we don't have in St Lawrence county. Also, for the people who don't want this or don't understand it fully.. this is not removing laws or changing anything really as far as access to guns.. all this does is give the People of the county some assurance and peace of mind.. and also reaffirms to the people that their elected officials are in fact doing what the People want.. and with any luck send message to Albany that people are getting fed up with the tyranny coming from there. Lastly I would ask the legislators to ask themelves a personal question. What good is your oath? what good is our constitution? what good purpose at all does government serve? if the elected officials won't even stand up and defend the very things they were elected to serve and protect? What purpose do u have in government if your not willing to defend the People's rights? Our founding fathers cast off them the same chains being cast on us today. We must protect our way of life for the future generations.

2/10/2020 3:01 PM

No Sanctuary needed. Common sense legislation is needed, not fear mongering from either conservatives or liberals. This is America, no one is coming to take your guns. I have been hearing it for 30+ years and I am sure you still have that AR-15 in your house (don't understand why you need it but as long as you aren't murdering people, whatever). Universal background checks can't be that inconvenient. Keeping guns out of the hands of criminals would be the best place to start. You're a felon? no guns. Domestic violence? no guns. But then again, some of the people I know threatening violence over their gun rights do have criminal records (DWI being the most common).

2/10/2020 3:00 PM

While I agree with the concept, as long as we’re in New York State, we still have to abide by the laws, whether we agree with them or not. I do not believe State laws should be able to supersede the rights afforded us under the United States Constitution, but unfortunately, we live in a state where our Governor believes he is above the law. I find it ironic that he is critical of our President.

2/10/2020 2:53 PM

i think that its time to start taking st Lawrence county back from the clutches of ny city we need to split the state and get out from under Andrew Cuomo we need to make our own gun laws not let ny city rant over

2/10/2020 2:53 PM

They keep taking more and more rights away

2/10/2020 2:47 PM

The Safe Act covers ALL New York State! Respect the Law and Save Lives!

2/10/2020 2:44 PM

Absolutely! 1776!! Government socialistic and communistic Tyranny should allow for a 2nd amendment sanctuary across the globe!

2/10/2020 2:40 PM


Something needs to be done to protect our gun rights. The Gouvener and Democrats keep pushing for more laws it has to stop.

2/10/2020 2:34 PM

I believe everyone has the right to have guns but we don’t need a sanctuary no one is going to take are guns as long as you are law abiding citizens some of the ones l seen at the meeting look a little like maybe they shouldn’t have guns some scary looking folks there

2/10/2020 2:34 PM

The law is the law and should be enforced.

2/10/2020 2:24 PM

To bad this wasn't brought up before electing new sheriff an DA

2/10/2020 2:13 PM

No. It doesn't matter whether or not advocates see something as "unconstitutional" ... only the Supreme Court can find something "unconstitutional". If a law is passed that seems to violate the Constitution, normally one must comply until you can get the judicial review guidance from the Supreme Court. This "sanctuary" talk is mere posturing...

2/10/2020 1:49 PM

America is a second amendment sanctuary country, we should not have to go county by county to uphold our rights.

2/10/2020 1:36 PM

First, it is only a resolution...not binding. Secondly, the Sheriff and D.A. have said they WILL uphold NY State law regardless. A good show, but, a waste of time.

2/10/2020 1:20 PM

The Constitution already covers all this. Do not force law enforcement officers into an untenable position by making local laws which conflict with Federal law. By the Constitution, Federal law always supersedes State/Local laws.

2/10/2020 1:17 PM

For heaven’s sake! Guns are just a tool of destruction that have to be regulated for public safety. Please print the ENTIRE Second Amendment for your public to read. Then try to understand that a populace that is armed to the teeth poses a much greater threat to Society than the imaginary “Other” that foolish knee-jerk conservatives put forward. We are not under siege! A well-regulated militia ( our State’s National Guard) is fine. A bunch of yahoos with concealed and/ or automatic weapons is the antithesis of the Amendment’s purpose. Stop pandering to this nonsense, NCTW.

2/10/2020 1:15 PM

It's clearly written in the constitution and they best be leaving it alone. A mans home is his castle ,and he has every god given right to protect himself and his family with everything and anything available.

2/10/2020 1:09 PM

The safe act the red flag laws are unconstitutional and should not be inforced.

2/10/2020 1:07 PM

I am for getting less guns on the street than more. I think this is a terrible idea.

2/10/2020 1:04 PM

We need to counteract Albany's (controlled by NYC politics) hold on our way of life in upstate NY

2/10/2020 1:03 PM

It is our constitutional right as is the First Amendment!

2/10/2020 12:58 PM

I disagree that alot of you calling out the Sheriff. I have not read or seen where you have posted that you have handed a notice to the board.Until they act on it and it becomes law the Sheriff can not and will not be on your side.i back what you or we are trying to do. Just be careful how you go at it. You can get more on your side with honey then vinegar

2/10/2020 12:58 PM

The Dems are out of control, any law they pass just rip it up nacy

2/10/2020 12:55 PM

This is outrageous. People need to read the whole second amendment and get a grip. Imagine encouraging people to break the law.

2/10/2020 12:51 PM

Don't make it easier for fools and criminals to get guns I have never had a problem buying a gun and what if you had to wait a few days it just might save a loved ones life

2/10/2020 12:21 PM

What are these people afraid of? I own guns and have had a pistol permit since I got out of the Army in 1968. Wearing a pistol on your hip around town doesn’t insure anyone’s safety.

2/10/2020 12:21 PM

The Second Amendment is the Law

2/10/2020 11:34 AM

The law is the law. People should try following and obeying it.

2/10/2020 11:14 AM

Absolutely NOT.

2/10/2020 11:13 AM

It is ridiculous and the Facebook group is frightening.

2/10/2020 11:13 AM

I can't wait to see all the unintelligent responses. The comments fro the last one, all I say is wow. No wonder way they call us stupid hicks. I really believe only the drop out welfare trash only respond to the questions.

2/10/2020 11:11 AM

however, there is a need for respect of the rule of law. Threatening violence or an accounting is beyond the pail. Start by voting, start by getting your neighbors to vote. write to you Assembly and Senator at the State and Federal level. Contact a Civil Rights attorney, but remember, if you want law enforcement to stop the drug dealers, and v&t complaints and investigate burglaries and robberies, then they must enforce all the laws. it came into law and it can be repealed.

2/10/2020 11:07 AM

While I support the 2nd amendment, citizens need to be careful about this 2nd amendment sanctuary movement. Other communities have taken this step. These ordinances, whose exact details vary widely from place to place, are by and large legally meaningless. These votes have the potential to confuse residents about their rights, deter those threatened by guns from using legal protections, and set up gun owners and local authorities for legal trouble. Local officials can’t make constitutional determinations, and the Supreme Court — which can — has established that the right afforded by the Second Amendment is not unlimited. In 2008, the Supreme Court took its last major gun case, where Justice Antonin Scalia, in the majority opinion, wrote that the right of the people to keep and bear arms is “not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose.”

2/10/2020 10:58 AM

My what a bunch of constitutional scholars we have in this county. Let's all start interpreting the constitution for ourselves and following only laws we agree with. Morons.

2/10/2020 10:55 AM

Good grief, NO!

2/10/2020 10:45 AM

It is our constitutional right .

2/10/2020 10:36 AM

It is our constitutional right!

2/10/2020 10:28 AM

Get rid of the n y s safe act of is useless

2/10/2020 10:21 AM

Absolutely! I will say I am pretty disappointed in our newly elected sheriff.

2/10/2020 10:20 AM

We need to stand up to Cuomo and his cronies,trampling on the Constitution!!

2/10/2020 10:10 AM

Everyone is safer when criminal don't know who will shoot back as the criminals already have illegal firearms.

2/10/2020 10:10 AM

We have to do something to keep our rights. Cuomo is letting the criminals out of prison. How else do you expect to protect yourself. We definitely need to vote only on the Republican line to get rid of all the craziness! Wake up people before it's too late!

2/10/2020 10:05 AM

What part of "shall not be infringed" do you not understand? Every person has the right to defend themselves and their families in the manner they choose. Plus, people living in rural areas have longer wait times in emergencies. Plus, every dictatorship started with the confiscation of weapons. The 2nd Amendment was added to allow us to protect ourselves from those that want to leave law abiding people defenseless.

2/10/2020 10:03 AM

It time for legislative bodies at every level: local; county; state; and federal to remember that America isn’t a totalitarian nation. They need to respect our Constitution!

2/10/2020 9:54 AM

We are not NYC, Free Northern New York

2/10/2020 9:41 AM

Absolutely not.

2/10/2020 9:32 AM

Our Constitutional Rights cannot be legislated away! Politicians push an anti-gun agenda that preys on the fears of those who have never been around or educated on guns and gun safety. Legal carry citizens should Not be punished with more and more laws and restrictions because of criminal actions they are not involved in!

2/10/2020 9:31 AM

It is unfortunate we would have to create a so called “sanctuary” for a basic fundamental constitutional right as enshrined in our Second Amendment. It is unfortunate that our so called “lawmakers” have been inch by inch dismantling that right so blatantly as evidenced by the numerous laws they are imposing. NONE of the laws enacted has curbed gun violence as it seems the criminals in our society just don’t seem to pay attention to “gun free zones,” SAFE Act’s etc., and the plethora of gun control laws that are being enacted upon us. These laws only affect law abiding citizen’s, not the criminals…in fact it seems the SAFE Act only created a score of “felons’ out of law abiding citizen’s overnight. Not to mention the fact that the recent retirement of a county judge who legislated his personal ideology from the bench was an anathema to a free and democratic “Constitutional Republic,” Good Riddance Richard’s you were an impediment to the so called “rule of law,” and he was the perfect reason why a Second Amendment,” sanctuary be created. While it seems “sanctuaries” are fine for people coming into our country ILLEGALLY I might add, our basic Constitutional rights should also find “sanctuary.”

2/10/2020 9:30 AM

Absolutely not. The only guns that should be legal are those used for hunting.

2/10/2020 9:25 AM

The law is the law. If you do not agree with the Safe Act, then change it. I would support legislation to repeal or change the Safe Act.

2/10/2020 9:23 AM


2/10/2020 9:21 AM

There is nothing wrong with the 2nd Amendment. It's the type of guns that are available that is the problem.

2/10/2020 9:20 AM

Yes I do, it is peoples 2nd amendment right to bear arms and it should not be allowed to be stopped by the government of our state.

2/10/2020 9:15 AM

This is just a hot button issue used to scare people. Nobody, but nobody, has ever threatened to take away hunting rifles and legally registered pistols. But people don't stop to think about that. The NRA is bought and paid for by gun manufacturers, and they will try to scare people with half-truths. People need to stop these knee jerk reactions to misinformation and THINK.

2/10/2020 9:13 AM


2/10/2020 9:12 AM

I can't eyeroll enough at this nonsense.

2/10/2020 9:11 AM

His Lordship, the governor, has created a dictatorship using the disguise of public safety. consider the mess of the 'no bail' laws and the officer killings plus the threats to the Jewish community in the City! Time for the City to become its own state!

2/10/2020 8:32 AM

NYS democrats are anti law enforcement ,anti second amendment, and pro criminal, we need a 2 state solution!

2/10/2020 8:27 AM

NY is tearing away our constitutional rights one piece at a time. Soon we will be a full fledged tyranny if it is not stopped

2/10/2020 8:23 AM

Don't re-elect the tyrant Cuomo and his tyrant legislature

2/10/2020 7:38 AM

I am a gun owner and Hunter ,just Inforce the law as have.

2/10/2020 7:27 AM