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Police union blasts gun law

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's new gun law is "disturbing" to the deputies of the Saratoga County Sheriff's Office.

The union representing the deputies recently released a letter criticizing the SAFE ACT, Cuomo's sweeping gun control plan, which they have numerous problems with. The letter was sent to the leaders of the Senate Majority Coalition, Democrat Jeff Klein and Republican Dean Skelos, Sen. Kathy Marchione, R-Halfmoon, Democratic Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Republican Party State Chairman Ed Cox and Cuomo.

The letter is available below.

"Our objections to the legislation are numerous and begin with the process under which the bill was voted in the Senate," wrote union President Charles Fuller. "It is deeply disturbing to our membership ... It is our understanding that many senators had approximately 20 minutes to read the legislation before being forced to vote on it."

This criticism is a common refrain during Cuomo's time in office from groups and politicians that have opposed legislation that have been passed with a message of necessity, which allows the state Legislature to skip the three day aging period. Typically this process of fast moving legislation has only drawn the ire of opponents to the legislation.

"Having reviewed the legislation and given the time constraints, it is our conclusion that there is no possible way any normal person could have read the entire bill and understood its implications prior to voting on it," Fuller wrote.

He goes on to argue that there was no rush to pass this legislation.

As for the law itself, Fuller said that was as bad as the process. "The legislation effectively turns countless law-abiding gun owners into criminal for absolutely no reason," he wrote.

The letter closes by noting the "political aspirations" of Cuomo. Most political observers assume he rushed the passage of this legislation, before any state could pass legislation or President Barack Obama could announce his proposal, so he could grab the national spotlight.

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