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Legislator Morton, Erie County Legislature support resolution repealing SAFE Act Upstate


We’ve all read the stories in the paper of the countless individuals suffering from the ongoing opioid epidemic. There has been a lot of talk of families being ripped apart by this tragedy, too often we hear talk but see little action.

Legislator Ted Morton joined Senator Patrick M. Gallivan, Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard, Holland Central School Superintendent Cathy Fabiatos and Alden School Superintendent Adam Stoltman to announce continued funding for school resource officers (SRO) in several local districts. The SRO program provides a uniformed officer in schools as a way to promote student safety, conflict resolution and anti-bullying initiatives.

At a Legislative session held on September 21, 2017, Legislator Ted Morton honored Lancaster resident, Dick Young as the September 2017 Citizen of the month.

Today, in response to the County Executive’s offer to work with Legislator Morton to develop a compromise Made in America Act, Legislator Ted Morton wrote to him to begin the process.

Legislator Ted Morton first introduced the Made in America Act in support of local manufacturers and local workers in Erie County. After passing the Legislature by a vote of 9-1, the County Executive vetoed the law after instructing the County Attorney to draft a legal opinion.

With the New York State SAFE Act punishing legal gun owners through burdensome regulations, Legislator Ted Morton (R-Cheektowaga) today voted in favor of a measure to support New York State Senator Rob Ortt’s (R-North Tonawanda) legislation to repeal the SAFE Act in areas outside of New York City.


“I’ve heard from numerous constituents who have been negatively impacted by the SAFE Act. This law was rushed through the state legislature in 2013 by downstate officials with very little opportunity for public input and without consideration for lawful gun owners. Senator Ortt’s legislation will help protect the constitutional rights of upstate residents,” said Legislator Morton.


Introduced by Senator Ortt, Senate Bill 879B is cosponsored by local Senators Patrick Gallivan (R-Lancaster) and Michael Ranzenhofer (R-Clarence). It limits the application of the SAFE Act to the five counties of New York City (Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island). The legislation repeals the five year recertification requirement for pistol permits, fully repeals the ammunition database, repeals the statewide license and record database which will save taxpayers millions of dollars, and authorizes the transfer of firearms, rifles, and shotguns to family members as part of an estate. The bill keeps in place the necessary laws against unlawful use of firearms.