Pro-Second Amendment Sheriff Who Opposed New York Secession to Run for Governor

A Sheriff who strongly supports the Second Amendment rights announced he would challenge the incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the gubernatorial race on a Republican ticket. Lewis County Sheriff Michael P. Carpinelli revealed his gubernatorial ambitions at Tug Hill Cross Country Ski Center on Osceola Road. Carpinelli has been critical of Gov. Cuomo's policies regarding solidarity with the police and other political issues in the state. The pro-Second Amendment sheriff said he was opposed to Gov. Cuomo's potential suggestion of cessation of the New York state.

"This state can't be separated. It can't be taken and seceded like a certain person said he wanted to do," Carpinelli said. "This state can't silence people like a certain person said he wanted to do."

Cuomo had made the statements about New York's Independence and from the federal government's policies during his speech about his plans for the first 100 days of his 2019 Justice Agenda.

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"Let this agenda be New York's Declaration of Independence. We declare independence from this federal government's policies," Gov Cuomo said. "We disconnect from the nationalism, and the racism, and the chaos, and the xenophobia, and the misogyny, and the discrimination, and the dissembling of this Washington administration."

Carpinelli also decried Cuomo's treatment of New York residents and the police in general. The sheriff had also encouraged residents of Lewis county to arm themselves after the shootings in San Bernardino in 2015. He said licensed firearm holders obtained the licenses for particular reasons, and they should, therefore, exercise their rights. He added that citizens could lose their rights for failing to use them.

"Obviously there is violence throughout this world," Sheriff Carpinelli said. "We have the God-given right to defend our life so not to exercise that is a sin itself."

Carpinelli received a standing ovation after supporting the proposal to make Lewis county a Second Amendment sanctuary in opposition to New York's gun control agenda. Many residents in the county also oppose the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act passed in 2013. Due to his popularity on issues regarding the Second Amendment rights, Sheriff Carpinelli is likely to gather the 15,000 signatures required to be on the GOP's primaries.

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