When New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo rammed through his draconian gun bill, he forgot one thing: to exempt police officers.
So, under the language of the NY SAFE Act – New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act – it is illegal for police and other law enforcement agencies to possess magazines holding more than seven rounds of ammunition.
Although this portion of NY SAFE doesn’t take effect until March, this oversight underscores the hasty and careless manner in which the law was passed.
Following a contentious five-hour debate on Tuesday, just prior to its ratification, GOP Assemblyman Steven Katz asked rhetorically, “Why are we being bullied into voting on this bill without our proper, responsible due diligence?”
He then supplied his own answer, saying that it was “Solely due to the governor’s misguided, egotistic notion that this will advance his presidential aspirations.”
Even those who supported the NY SAFE thought it was a bit foolish for Gov. Cuomo to pursue a gun bill when there are plenty of other legislative priorities.
Staten Island Assembly Republican Nicole Malliotakis told the NY Daily News that relief funds for Hurricane Sandy victims should have taken precedence.
“I lost 22 people in my district in the storm,” she said, adding that only five people statewide were killed with a rifle.
Meanwhile, the governor’s office is looking at ways to exclude active duty and retired law enforcement from the magazine ban.
“We are still working out some details of the law and the exemption will be included, currently no police officer is in violation,” a spokesman for the governor told a local ABC News affiliate.
And in a statement, the Patrolman’s Benevolent Association President said, “The PBA is actively working to enact changes to this law that will provide the appropriate exemptions from the law for active and retired law enforcement officers.”
As noted in a previous Guns.com article, it appears that the law is retroactive. Meaning, owners of magazines will have one year to sell them out of state, failure to do so (or if one is caught with an 8-plus round magazine) will result in a misdemeanor charge.
Former NYPD Captain and current State Senator Eric Adams, who is part of the effort seeking a magazine exemption for police officers, brought up an interesting point, he said, “You can’t give more ammo to the criminals.”
In other words, criminals won’t obey the law and they will continue to use high-capacity magazines. By an extension of his logic, it goes to show that the real intention of this law was not to disarm criminals, but to limit what types of firearms and accessories law-abiding citizens can own.
Given this fact, what are your thoughts about a ‘Cuomo 2016’ presidential campaign?