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The two sides of the issue are firmly entrenched. The New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, or NY S.A.F.E. Act, was quickly approved by the State legislature in January following the shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

Besides its new definitions on what constitutes a banned assault weapon, and limits on number of rounds of ammunition permitted in a weapon’s magazine, the law also targeted ammunition purchases by dealers and gun owners.

Before it was even passed, gun owners, and others opposed to the law, banded together. Rallies in Albany, letters to state legislators and the governor flooded offices. Soon, there was a movement to have the law repealed. This included the lawn signs that began popping up throughout the state, especially in the more conservative rural communities.

No sooner had the sign movement taken hold, then homeowners began complaining of sign thefts. One State Trooper, residing in Newark, had his sign disappear from his front yard on a Saturday in September.

On Thursday (11/21), a vehicle pulled up in front of a house just after 10:30 a.m. on East Townline Road in Williamson. The driver, a woman, got out of the vehicle and snatched up the “Repeal S.A.F.E. Act” lawn sign.

The homeowner, Vicki Erwin, spotted the sign thief and the car drove off, stopping at a neighbor’s yard where another “Repeal S.A.F.E. Act” sign was posted. The driver quickly got back in to her vehicle and sped off.

Read more: All ?Signs? point to theft - Times of Wayne County
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