By Christian W. Peck
Public Information Officer
Niagara County Public Information Office
A pair of Niagara County legislators who, last week, won unanimous backing for condemnation of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives' pursuit of a ban on a popular rifle bullet, today praised that agency's decision to back down - but questioned why federal bureaucrats ever contemplated the move in the first place.
Majority Leader Rick Updegrove, R-Lockport, and Legislator John Syracuse, R-Newfane, issued the following statements today:
Updegrove: "The ATF's decision to not pursue a ban on various bullets is welcome, but it should never have come to this point. Government bureaucrats circumventing the lawmaking process set forth in the Constitution is a bigger problem than just this one instance. Still, we are glad that the Obama administration has changed course and backed down from actions that undermined the Second Amendment and Congress' role in making laws."
Syracuse: "The actions of the Obama ATF were a wake-up call. In New York, we have seen this same dangerous trend play out with the SAFE Act: policies and laws that do nothing to curtail real crime and real criminals, and instead criminalize the conduct of law-abiding citizens. The ATF blinked in this constitutional fight, but more than half of the U.S. Congress, dozens of notable leaders across the country, and our own County Legislature should never have had to demand our Constitution be respected by the Obama administration in the first place."