Barclay to Debate NY SAFE Act at Syracuse University

Assemblyman Will Barclay (R,C,I—Pulaski) will debate the NY SAFE Act at Syracuse University on April 5 at 7 p.m. Barclay voted against the bill in the Assembly and will argue why the law does not improve public safety. Syracuse University organized the debate. Barclay will be paired with John Lott, a political commentator who has authored several books about gun control, including “More Guns, Less Crime.”

Arguing against Barclay and Lott will be Leah Barrett, executive director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, and Robert Spitzer, a SUNY Cortland professor and author of “The Politics of Gun Control.”

The debate is being organized by Syracuse University Professor Grant Reeher, director of Campbell Public Affairs Institute at S.U. as part of the Campbell Conversation. Campbell Conversations are hosted weekly and are usually in-depth interviews or discussions about public policy. To learn more, visit

The debate will be held at the Maxwell Auditorium at Syracuse University and will be open to the public. It also will be made available via live stream at and archived on the Campbell Institute website at It will air at a time to be announced on WRVO, 88.9 FM.