Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week exempted retired law enforcement officials from key provisions of the state’s new gun laws, signing a bill Friday that will allow them to possess large-capacity magazines and certain assault weapons.
The move didn’t come as much of a surprise; Cuomo had previously signaled he would sign the measure, and had previously pushed for it as part of state budget talks in March.
The bill had the backing of police unions and only applies to state, local and federal police officers and investigators who were trained in handling the firearms.
The bill was one of seven approved by Cuomo in the last week. He has to act on another 64 before the end of July 13, when the Legislature is expected to send him another batch of bills to consider.
Here’s the SAFE Act exemption: