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Yates County Legislature to hold second debate on weapons ban in county buildings

When the Yates County Legislature meets tonight, it will consider setting a public hearing on a proposed ban on weapons in buildings owned or leased by the county.


The Finger Lakes Times reports the ban was defeated in September. The legislature voted 7-6 in favor, but with one member absent, it fell short of the eight votes needed for passage. The measure is primarily meant to keep guns and knives deemed dangerous from the County Office building. Public comments at the September hearing were largely in favor of the measure. Some of the opposition centered around the increased cost of metal detectors and personnel. Supervisor Jack Prendergast said enforcement would cost $300-500 thousand.

Supporters of the measure point to the shooting deaths of four people in Schuyler County in 1992. If a hearing is approved tonight, it would be December 29th in the legislative chambers.



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