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Police To Remain Exempt From Gun-Control Law

Posted By Joseph Spector On January 18, 2013 @ 9:43 am In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

The state’s new gun-control law didn’t specifically exclude police officers from the new limit of seven bullets to a magazine, raising concern from police groups.

[1]But Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office said that a exemption in a prior law remains on the books, and no police officer is in violation of the new law.

“No police officer possessing ammunition clips with more than 7 bullets is in violation of the law or guilty of any crime, period,” said Cuomo spokesman Matt Wing.

The state Legislature next week is expected to make some minor amendments to the bill to clarify the exemption for police officers.

Still, police groups said they were concerned about the new law’s language and said they would work with lawmakers to get clarification.

“While it is clearly in the best interest of NYC police officers and the general public to keep assault weapons out of wrong hands, there is a serious flaw in this law that runs counter to the safety interests of the public and police officers,” the New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association said in a statement yesterday. “It is our belief that the failure to include a law enforcement exemption was an unintentional oversight brought on by the urgent need to take action in light of the Sandy Hook tragedy.”

Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause, told the Times Union she would like an amendment [2]to narrow the ability of permit holders to opt out of having their information disclosed publicly. The opt-out clause was approved in response to the Journal News, a Gannett Co. Inc. publication, which publishes the names and addresses of pistol-permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties.

“It’s really an opt-out invitation. This is exactly backwards,” Lerner told the paper. “The way this is set up, there is a presumption against disclosure, which is an unfortunate precedent which we’re concerned will spread to other categories of public information.”


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[2] told the Times Union she would like an amendment : http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Change-sought-in-new-gun-law-4204018.php#ixzz2IL2Alqyo