Sheriffs in New York state fault new gun law, seek to join suit

Thursday, May 23, 2013
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— County sheriffs have asked to join the federal lawsuit challenging New York’s tough new gun restrictions, calling some provisions vague and impossible to enforce fairly.

The New York State Sheriffs’ Association and five individual sheriffs are asking U.S. District Judge William Skretny to add their position to the record. They support gun rights advocates seeking to block enforcement of new bullet limits for magazines and the tighter definition of assault weapons.

The sheriffs agree with the New York affiliate of the National Rifle Association that the law, passed after the Newtown, Ct., school massacre, is unconstitutional because it will prevent citizens from keeping commonly used firearms for home defense.

The law bans magazines with a capacity of more than 10 bullets and generally prohibits loading them with more than seven.

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May 23, 2013
8:17 p.m.
ronzo says...

I was always taught in civics class, and lived by the law, that a sheriff is the chief a law enforcement officer in a county who takes an oath to enforce all laws, regardless of what that sheriff’s personal opinion is about that law. It also seems peculiar that a policing organization, specifically a sheriff, would publically make a statment to endorse a private organization’s publically stated opinion. That seems to me to be a violation of an oath the person takes to represent everyone in the community in which that person serves.

May 23, 2013
9:34 p.m.
mezz3131 says...

They take an oath to defend the CONSTITUTION. The safe act is a violation of the constitution plain and simple.

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