Our NY king, Andrew Cuomo, has threatened to fire any Sheriff who complains about his vague gun law – the NY SAFE Act.
Some Sheriffs have said they will not enforce it and others say it is unsafe to try and enforce a law that is unclear.
The Sheriff’s Association have asked to discuss it with Cuomo and in January they wrote to him suggesting tweaks to the law. They did not receive a response until last month.
The sheriffs were invited to a meeting with Cuomo last month and they thought they were invited to discuss improving the law only to find out they were being summoned so he could tell them to shut up. Cuomo threatened to fire them if they didn’t. A spokesperson for Cuomo strongly denied the accusation.
Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss who attended the meeting said, “The governor was of the opinion that the sheriffs around the state should not be interjecting their personal opinions in reference to the law.” Moss added that Cuomo said sheriffs can’t do that and enforce the law.
The NYS Sheriff’s Association responded by filing an amicus curiae brief supporting a federal challenge to the SAFE Act. They are obviously not going to be cowed by the thug-in-chief.
In the amicus brief, the sheriffs wrote: “Law enforcement’s work is made more difficult attempting to enforce unclear laws that harm, rather than promote, public safety. The laws appear willfully blind to legitimate safety interests, and instead are tailored to impact, and negatively impact, law-abiding firearm owners.”
The SAFE Act, allegedly passed as an emergency measure, has been full of holes since the beginning from requiring police to keep no more than 7 shots in their guns to mandating clips that don’t exist.
Cuomo’s ill-conceived and hastily-prepared law requires pistol-permit holders to opt-out of releasing their personal information with a FOIA request instead of the reverse being the case.
It is costing counties a lot of money when the problem would have been non-existent if the law just stated that the information was not public. [Otherwise newspapers and anyone can request pistol permit information using FOIA and then release names and addresses of pistol permit holders with a nice google map to direct people to the permit holders’ homes.]
Rensselaer County Clerk Frank Merola said he doesn’t have the time or money to sift through opt-out forms and will simply not release the information.
That has Cuomo up-in-arms. He said it is not up to the clerk and Merola must enforce the inane law at great expense.
It’s not that great having a king.