By Liz Schevtchuk Armstrong

Key Putnam County officials, including County Executive MaryEllen Odell, Sheriff Donald Smith and District Attorney Adam Levy, intend to lend their voices and presence to an upcoming legal forum sponsored by a newly formed group that advocates gun-owner rights.

A brochure posted on the Putnam County website promoting the Dec. 3 event.

The county, on its official website, announced their plans to participate as special guests and speakers in the event next week, billed as a training course — apparently geared toward gun aficionados — on “NY Firearm Laws: What You Don’t Know Will Hurt You … What You Will Learn Can Protect You.”

Slated for 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the Paladin Center in Carmel, the forum also involves Tom King, president of the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, the New York state branch of the National Rifle Association, and retiring County Clerk Dennis Sant, who set off a national controversy over his refusal to allow news media access to county files on gun ownership, documents in the public record, after the massacre of school children in Newtown, Connecticut.

Sant’s successor, Clerk-Elect Michael Bartolotti, who shares his philosophy on gun-related issues; New York State Assemblyman Stephen Katz; and state Sen.-elect Terrence Murphy also intend to participate in the presentation, according to the county website.

The free event is sponsored by the Putnam County Firearm Owners Association, organized this past August “to protect and preserve the rights of firearms owners living, working, or shooting in Putnam County, New York.” The group requests those who want to attend to “RSVP” via its email address: [email protected].

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Armstrong was the founding news editor of The Current (then known as in 2010 and later a senior correspondent and contributing editor for the paper. She worked earlier in Washington as a White House correspondent and national affairs reporter and assistant news editor for daily international news services. Location: Cold Spring. Languages: English. Areas of expertise: Politics and government