Democratic Caucus of the Monroe County Legislature

GOP Votes to Allow Guns & Other Deadly Weapons in County Buildings

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Rochester, New York – February 25, 2013.  Democratic legislation that would prohibit the public from bringing a gun into the County Office Building or any other County owned or leased properties was voted down tonight by Majority Republicans. The County’s current policy allows legislators or persons with concealed carry permits to bring their weapons into County owned or leased properties.

The Democratic legislation would change the current policy by eliminating an exemption that allows concealed carry permit holders to bring their weapons into County buildings.

Democratic Leader Carrie M. Andrews (D-Rochester), the sponsor of the legislation, said, “There is really no legitimate reason why someone needs a gun to conduct business in a County building. It’s a shame that the Majority has decided to block this common sense proposal from proceeding, but we will not be deterred. We will continue to seek solutions that will ensure a safe environment for our employees and members of the public. 

The legislation exempts law enforcement personnel from the prohibition. Democrats still have an opportunity to call for a vote in the full Legislature on this proposal. That meeting will take place on March 12 at 6pm.

Democratic Legislators Cindy Kaleh and Mike Patterson voted for the proposal, while Republicans Dan Quatro, Jeff McCann and Mike Rockow voted against it.