By Jeff Simms
Newly elected Dutchess County Legislator Nick Page, who represents Beacon and parts of Fishkill, said last week that he would like to see the county consider a gun-storage law similar to one passed by the Beacon City Council in 2016.
That law requires Beacon residents to keep loaded weapons in a gun safe or to equip them with a trigger lock when anyone under the age of 16 lives in or is visiting the home.
Page said he also would like to see Dutchess create an extreme-risk protection order that would allow families and law enforcement to petition a court to temporarily suspend an individual’s access to firearms if there’s evidence the person is threatening to harm themselves or others.
Page said both proposals have been discussed informally among legislators but “any gun legislation is going to be a heavy lift at the county level.”Did you find this article useful or informative? Please consider a donation to support our work. Even $5 a month, charged automatically to your credit card, would be terrific. We are able to provide this website and our weekly print paper free to the community -- and pay our writers, photographers and editors for their hard work -- because of the generosity of readers like you.