Upstate Sheriffs Raise Concerns About NY Gun Law


Sheriffs from across upstate are hoping the state Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo revisit portions of the new gun-control law, saying the measure was adopted in haste and targets law-abiding gun owners.

The new gun law was adopted Jan. 15, and it has been a major focus of the state Sheriffs’ Association conference this week in Albany.

Some sheriffs said the law takes positive steps to address mental-health issues and access to illegal guns, but they said it also infringes on Second Amendment rights.

“This law has some issues pertaining to the Second Amendment,” said Putnam County Sheriff Don Smith. “I’m deeply concerned in haste to pass the law, they may have missed the point on some of the mental-health issues and are dealing with some ammunition and gun issues and law-enforcement issues.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushed for the bill’s passage in the wake of the mass shootings in Newtown, Conn., and the ambush attack on two first responders in Webster, Monroe County.

The new law, passed just hours after it was printed, is the toughest in the nation and includes a stronger ban on assault weapons, as well as lowering the number of bullets allowed in a magazine from 10 to seven. Cuomo said last week that the lower magazine capacity would help save lives.

Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss said the change in magazine size would do little to limit gun violence.

“Do you think bad guys are going to put seven clips in a round as opposed to 10 clips and follow the law?” Moss said. “I think it’s a law that’s going to be very restrictive on law-abiding citizens as opposed to criminals who it was geared for.”

Here’s video of Smith and Moss today:


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