Will upstate NY cops, sheriffs enforce gun control laws?

by Brian Mann, North Country Public Radio  |  published on August 19, 2013

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New York’s tough gun law, known as the SAFE Act, was pushed through last January by Governor Andrew Cuomo, winning support from the Democratic Assembly and the Republican-controlled Senate.

Over the last six months, however, political opposition to the law has grown, especially in upstate counties where gun ownership is popular. A growing number of law enforcement officials, especially county sheriffs, now say they’re deeply troubled by the law, which bans assault rifles and large ammunition clips. Some officers say they won’t actively enforce the SAFE Act.

Sheriff David Favro sits in a conference room at the Clinton County Jail – which serves as his department’s headquarters – and makes it clear that he thinks the New York SAFE Act needs to go.
“The SAFE Act has been a train wreck since it started,” he says.

The SAFE Act, passed earlier this year on a bipartisan vote and signed by Governor Cuomo, established some of the toughest gun control laws in the US.

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