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Allegany County American Legion supports change in NYS gun laws for ceremonies, funerals


Recent change in gun laws puts the 21 gun salute in limbo

By Andrew Harris

As Bob Lonsberry’s column last month made clear, the recent tightening of NYS gun laws had a few unintended casualties. Lonsberry was upset about the disruption of Civil War re-enactments, explaining that many organizers had eliminated muskets firing blank rounds due to vaguity in the law.

The new law, which is intended to limit where permitted New Yorkers can carry a concealed firearm, made it potentially illegal to carry even a exhibition weapon in certain public places. Once such place is cemetaries, where those who have served the nation are remembered with “full military honors,” including a 21-gun salute. For those who have attended such a funeral, this ceremony is very moving and important.

The Allegany County American Legion recently met and made a strong statement concerning this part of the law. During a the meeting, the following members met, led by Commander Calvin Shierer made this statement and approved the attached resolution:

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