January 26th, 2013, 03:30 PM
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Central NY
Taking The Gloves Off: NY State Sheriff's Association Responds to SAFE Act
Important Excerpts: Assault weapon ban and definition of assault weapons.
We believe that the new definition of assault weapons is too broad, and prevents the possession of many weapons that are legitimately used for hunting, target shooting and self defense. Classifying firearms as assault weapons because of one arbitrary feature effectively deprives people the right to possess firearms which have never before been designated as assault weapons. We are convinced that only law abiding gun owners will be affected by these new provisions, while criminals will still have and use whatever weapons they want. Reduction of ammunition magazine capacity.
The new law enacts reductions in the maximum capacity of gun magazines. We believe based on our years of law enforcement experience that this will not reduce gun violence. The new law will unfairly limit the ability of law-abiding citizens to purchase firearms in New York. It bears repeating that it is our belief that the reduction of magazine capacity will not make New Yorkers or our communities safer. Method of bill passage.
It is the view of the Sheriffs’ Association that anytime government decides it is necessary or desirable to test the boundaries of a constitutional right that it should only be done with caution and with great respect for those constitutional boundaries. Further, it should only be done if the benefit to be gained is so great and certain that it far outweighs the damage done by the constriction of individual liberty. While many of the provisions of the new law have surface appeal, it is far from certain that all, or even many, of them will have any significant effect in reducing gun violence, which is the presumed goal of all of us. Unfortunately the process used in adoption of this act did not permit the mature development of the arguments on either side of the debate, and thus many of the stakeholders in this important issue are left feeling ignored by their government. Even those thrilled with the passage of this legislation should be concerned about the process used to secure its passage, for the next time they may find themselves the victim of that same process.
Full text . . http://the390.com/new-york-state-she...o-ny-safe-act/
FWIW, in my job I interface with Law Enforcement at the State, County and Municipal level. They are NOT happy and the above pretty much reflects their views . . with the exception of a few a$$ clowns . . but yer always gonna have a few . .
Last edited by LoB; January 26th, 2013 at 03:49 PM.