The state Troopers Police Benevolent Association put out a statement yesterday raising concerns about New York’s new gun-control law.
The 6,000-member union said it had reserved public comment in hopes of getting changes to the law. With major changes unlikely, the union said, “Our membership holds widely shared concerns of this new law. Additionally, we believe that actual enforcement of these new regulations will significantly increase the hazards of an already dangerous job.”
The gun-control law passed Jan. 15 includes a tougher assault-weapons ban, limiting the number of bullets in a magazine to seven and increasing registration for gun owners.
Police organizations have raised concerns about the law. They will be required to confiscate weapons in mental-health cases, and many police agencies are the ones who have to handle gun permitting.
The troopers’ union said, “Polls have shown that increased firearm regulations are not popular in the more rural and upstate regions of our state, which is where the majority of our members live and patrol.”
And the union takes a shot at the media and “even some of our elected officials, like Senator Ranzenhofer and Assemblyman Gabryszak, are calling for a probe of our members and their efforts to meet the standards of this new law.”
The rest of the statement:
“It is the responsibility of this union to defend the reputation and safety of our members. Potential legislative changes as well as pending court decisions may further alter the terms of the SAFE Act. The individual members of this union did not write the terms of the bill nor vote on its passage. We urge the citizens of New York State to remember that Troopers are simply tasked with the lawful mandate to enforce the laws of the State, regardless of their personal opinion of such laws.”