Albany Co. legislators hope education program will help prevent gun violence

The Albany County Legislature is taking steps aimed at preventing gun violence.

Legislators passed a resolution Monday night establishing the “DISCOVER” program. That stands for “Detailed Instruction Supporting Community Violence Education and Reduction.”

The program is in partnership with the Albany County Sheriff’s Office. It will focus on supporting firearm education and training for legal gun owners.

Its hope is that this will also reduce the number of illegal guns in local communities.

The legislature also adopted a local law that bans possession of deadly weapons in county facilities, by anyone other than those on official business authorized to carry such weapons.