Petition Downtown Argues SAFE Act

Published 05/06 2014 03:38PM

Updated 05/06 2014 05:19PM

A lawsuit that seeks to get the SAFE Act thrown out is headed to the highest court in New York State.

The suit represents more than 1,200 people who say the state gun restriction law is unconstitutional, was illegally approved by lawmakers and was poorly thought out.

We The People of New York, which brought the lawsuit, collected signatures as part of the legal action late yesterday afternoon outside the domed courthouse in downtown Binghamton.

The suit is expected to be heard by the state Court of Appeals.

"We're asking the court to declare the SAFE Act unconstitutional, null and void because it's in violation of the New York State as well as the U.S. Constitution," said Bob Shulz, founder of We The People of New York.

We The People says it will take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary.

The organization is also suing the state for its alleged misuse of taxpayer funds after Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver paid women to be quiet about being sexually harassed by former Assemblyman Vito Lopez.

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