Some sheriffs won't enforce new gun law E-mail
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According to an article from Bizpack review, a growing number of New York sheriffs are announcing that they don’t intend to enforce the SAFE gun legislation Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law in last January. The legislation limits magazine capacities to seven rounds and bans the sale of certain types of semi-automatic rifles. The law gives current owners of such weapons one year to get them registered with the state.

Schoharie County Sheriff Tony Desmond said he doesn’t intend to enforce the law.

“I’m not going back on my personal conviction,” he said. Residents have told him that is what they want, he said, and “I’ve stood up for them, and I will continue to do so.”

Unlike laws governing the use of firearms, many law enforcement leaders have been reluctant to take a similar stand on drug enforcement- another area where public opinion is at odds with current policies.

The New York Sheriff’s Association has joined five individual sheriffs in a court effort to block enforcement of the firearms and magazine restrictions.

For his part, Governor Cuomo has said sheriffs’ job is to enforce all the laws and they can’t pick and choose what to enforce and what not to.

To do otherwise “would obviously be chaos” and “a dangerous and frightening precedent,” Cuomo said.

But many are standing their ground in opposition to what they see as government over-reach.

Delaware County Undersheriff Craig DuMond said he and Sheriff Tom Mills agree with the sheriff’s association.

Despite some parts of the law they say could be beneficial, many of its components are overreaching. DuMond doesn’t support the assault-weapons ban or the restriction on magazine capacity.

“It is too broad and prevents the possession of many weapons that can be used legally,” he said.

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