NY Sheriffs defy Cuomo: We won’t take guns from law-abiding citizens

Man-aiming-rifle-300A law is only as good as its enforcement, and a growing number of New York sheriffs are announcing that they don’t intend to enforce the SAFE gun legislation Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law in January, PoliceOne reported.

Cuomo’s rush to make New York the first state to react in knee-jerk fashion to the tragic December shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., resulted in a highly-flawed, overly-broad law that restricts the rights of legal gun owners while doing little to address violence.

The legislation limits magazine capacities to seven rounds, prohibits the sale of certain types of semi-automatic rifles and gives current owners of such weapons one year to get them registered with the state, according to PoliceOne.

Schoharie County Sheriff Tony Desmond said he doesn’t intend to enforce the law, and that his office won’t lift a finger to make law-abiding citizens turn in their firearms.

“I’m not going back on my personal conviction,” he said. Residents have told him that is what they want, he said, and “I’ve stood up for them, and I will continue to do so.”

Schoharie County, located in central New York, is primarily agricultural, and its residents have a long tradition as hunters and outdoorsmen.

“They generally treat [their firearms] safely,” he said, according to PoliceOne. “If the governor thinks I am wrong, so be it.”

Desmond has plenty of company. The New York Sheriff’s Association has joined five individual sheriffs in a court effort to block enforcement of the firearms and magazine restrictions.

The law created controversy even while it was still in debate.

“Why are we being bullied into voting on this bill without our proper, responsible due diligence?” said GOP lawmaker Steven Katz, according to the New York Daily News. “Solely due to the governor’s misguided, egotistic notion that this will advance his presidential aspirations.”

In the end, Cuomo got what he wanted.

“I am proud to be a New Yorker because New York is doing something,” the Daily News reported Cuomo as saying. “We are fighting back.”
And now he’s fighting back at his state’s sheriffs.

Cuomo said sheriffs’ job is to enforce all the laws and not cherry-pick those they want to enforce and ignore those they don’t. To do otherwise “would obviously be chaos” and “a dangerous and frightening precedent,” PoliceOne reported.

But the governor’s comments are a tough sell for many. Delaware County Undersheriff Craig DuMond said he and Sheriff Tom Mills agree with the sheriff’s association. Although they find parts of the law beneficial, many of its provisions are overreaching. DuMond doesn’t support the assault-weapons ban or the restriction on magazine capacity.

“It is too broad and prevents the possession of many weapons that can be used legally,” he said.

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26 thoughts on “NY Sheriffs defy Cuomo: We won’t take guns from law-abiding citizens

  1. Stanley Hill says:

    It’s time to stand up and fight.The rifle they call an assault rifle is just a look a like of the real thing and is just a semiautomatic rifle that looks bad. If they are allowed to convince people that they are real assault rifles and ban them as such, they will just turn around and want to ban all the others that have the same operation and that includes about 90% of all guns! It’s time for the people to say no to this Socialist/Marxist agenda that our founding fathers feared would happen! The Harvard study said that the Gun Laws make it bad for the law abiding citizen and better for the criminal! In fact even the presidents CDC study said that up to 2 million people a year use a firearm to protect their families and themselves. All independent studies back the law abiding citizen and the only studies that doesn’t are the studies Bloomberg pays for…no surprise there! Last year 200.000 women used a firearm to defend themselves from rape,,,, it a good thing they had the gun to do so!

  2. Robert Hendriks says:

    Cuomo said sheriffs’ job is to enforce all the laws and not cherry-pick those they want to enforce…. Tell that to Obama with immigration laws, or perhaps the Federal laws against pot sales and use (CO and WA). 2 faced anti-constitution jackwads.

  3. Shawn Snyder says:

    When government officials who allegedly “represent us”,want us honest people disarmed,what is their true agenda?-other than being an Obama puppet?

  4. Thomas Grayson says:

    Cuomo said sheriffs’ job is to enforce all the laws and not cherry-pick
    those they want to enforce and ignore those they don’t. To do otherwise
    “would obviously be chaos” and “a dangerous and frightening precedent,”
    PoliceOne reported.

    Really Cuomo? Why don’t you have a talk with Eric Holders DOJ.. They seem to be quite fine with cherry picking the laws they wish to enforce. I believe the democratic partys hypocrisy & criminal theft of our rights are the most dangers and disturbing aspect of todays politics.

  5. LEO Wolverine says:

    Proud of the Sheriffs that refuse to violate the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution.

  6. texmextexan says:

    Perhaps if the State of NY did not plant cherry tree laws, the Sheriffs would not “cherry pick” these laws which are more guided by Mickey Mouse lawmakers in an effort to look tough on crime.

  7. do the right thing says:

    How bout this Mr. Governor…The Sheriff deputizes every adult in the town between the age of 16 and 45. When you show up with the state police, you meet an armed citizenry of several hundred…your move.

  8. do the right thing says:

    2nd Amendment
    Unorganized militia (Title 10 USC, look it up)
    Security of a free state (means fighting not hunting)
    The standard arm of both the militia and the infantryman is the assault rifle
    Therefore, the semi-automatic version is the applicable individual small arm of the militia.
    And BTW, Article 6, clause 2 of the US Constitution overrides Mr. Cuomo’s feeble dictatorial attempt.
    Si vis pacem, para bellum
    Molon Labe

    1. Roger says:

      The founding fathers wanted the militia to be armed like the army. The militia SHOULD have full auto machineguns, bazookas,anti tank weapons,mortars,anti aircraft guns, well you get the picture.

  9. pa350z says:

    Doesn’t matter what the Sheriff’s think or do or not do, the NY State Police will enforce that new law to the hilt. Take that to the bank.

  10. justinian1974 says:

    ummm.. if we were doing things by the letter of the law, then why is Coumo, and the other legislatures that are harassing the people with this law not in custody pending charges for violating peoples basic human, and constitutional rights?
    I mean, I am no lawyer, but it has to be a crime to harass, criminalize, target, and violate lawful peoples basic human rights (because the law states that you have to discard your own property even tho you did nothing wrong, and never mind 2a, the right to your own personal property is a very basic human right, one would think) through the process of legislation…

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