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Sleepy Hollow Board Takes Sides in Gun Debate

The Sleepy Hollow Board on Tuesday approved a resolution to petition Congress in support of banning assault weapons and other stricter gun control legislation.

Sleepy Hollow Board weighed into the divisive national gun control debate this week with a resolution, if symbolic, in favor of banning assault weapons.

The Board originally intended to petition the state for greater gun control legislative measures, but New York's governor Andrew Cuomo was quick to enact them before they got a chance.

Now the board plans to take their voice to the national debate, said Village Administrator Anthony Giaccio.

Here's the petition they will send to Congress:

Resolution by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Sleepy Hollow Petitioning Congress to Ban Assault Weapons

Whereas, statistics show us there are approximately 34 deaths each day in the United States by firearms; and

Whereas, the tragic deaths of 6 adults and 20 children in Newtown, Connecticut have brought about a resolve in this country to end senseless and violent deaths by firearms;

Now, therefore, be it resolved the Board of Trustees of the Village of Sleepy Hollow calls upon Congress to ban all assault weapons and high capacity magazines and institute comprehensive gun control including background checks and waiting periods prior to the sale of all firearms.

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Meanwhile, for those confused by or just wanting to know more about the current New York gun laws, Tarrytown has posted the following info on their website:

The New York State Police have created a hotline for persons who have questions about the state's new gun laws. 1-855-LAW-GUNS (1-855-529-4867) will be staffed by NYSP employees Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Shar January 25, 2013 at 12:55 PM
Why in this wide wide world would anyone want to punish honest gun owners...why not go after those who make millions and billions on violent movies and video games! Protect us from the mentally ILL by funding the clinics who can then decide if the mentally ill should be institutionalized because THEY are a danger to society. Honest gun owners are NOT A DANGER TO ANYONE.
John Anderson January 25, 2013 at 01:03 PM
Typical pandering. HEY ANTHONY, WHY DON'T YOU STAY LOCAL AND GO AFTER THE 20 OR SO TAXIS AND 4 OR 5 TAXI COMPANIES OPERATING IN YOUR VILLAGE WITH NO LICENSES????? JUST WONDERING ANTHONY. A ban is a joke by the way, it's not outlawing, there is a difference.
ASleepyBoy January 25, 2013 at 06:57 PM
A petition to ban assault rifles which references a tragedy where no assault rifles were used...... "statistics" show that..... WHICH statistics??? I find it upsetting that our Village Board took it upon themselves to use their position to further their own beliefs without any type of outreach to the community to verify whether this is even the common consensus.
Ann Bernadette January 25, 2013 at 07:25 PM
Thank you to the Sleepy Hollow Village board for endorse to petition congress to ban assault weapons. Most of the US local communities are doing the same. Hines t gun owners, this isn't about you. Again thanks for this.
Ann Bernadette January 25, 2013 at 07:26 PM
"as to honest gun owners, this isn't about you". Previous comment should read. Thank you
brad January 25, 2013 at 10:39 PM
Would you like to US to be invaded get rid of the semi-autos. don't like your freedoms let the socialist democratic Lefty's take your guns then it will be hot rods, roller skates and soda pop next!
Jaques Strape January 26, 2013 at 10:15 PM
OOOOOHHH scary guns. I don't like them so I want to ban them. Keep putting your heads.
bill of rights January 26, 2013 at 11:06 PM
ann this is about honest gun owners. the criminals wont agree to stop using weapons in their crimes. i used to own guns but ny is so tight you cant fire them anywhere.
bill of rights January 26, 2013 at 11:09 PM
the village board stepped out of their representative position. they have no business petitioning Washington and Albany on behalf of their constituents, without the majority approval of the residents.
Jaques Strape January 27, 2013 at 02:55 AM
legal residents or illegal residents?
reapwhatyousow March 08, 2013 at 01:27 AM
Couldn't agree more Shar. But unfortunately its the current flavor du jour of politics. Its also a double edged sword. Tough to find balance in tax base budgets when many already complain about them with current critical services like public safety. No easy answer on this one that's for sure.

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