In New York, it seems that legacy governor Cuomo rushed his emotional knee-jerk gun ban through the legislature too fast because they didn’t exempt large capacity magazines for the police officers, and now he has to clarify the ill-considered bill, according to Fox News;
“Police officers possessing ammunition clip with more than seven bullets are not in violation of this law and they never will be, period,” Cuomo spokesman Matthew Wing said.
While the new law did not include an explicit exemption for police, the old law which capped the number of rounds in a magazine at 10 bullets did. Technically, the new law likely would not override that exemption.
But some lawmakers were concerned there could be confusion. Graf said if the governor’s office does not craft an amendment explicitly exempting officers, he will.
“If (Cuomo) didn’t do this the way he did, he wouldn’t be so embarrassed today,” said Graf, complaining that lawmakers had very little time to read and digest the bill before it was muscled through the legislature and signed into law.
Personally, I think the NYPD needs lower capacity magazines – remember the gun man at the Empire State Building who had no one to gun down because all of the pedestrians within range had been gun downed by the police?
Several miles north of Albany, near Burlington, Vermont a local range operator has disinvited the city’s police from usage of his private range because of the new legislation passed in Burlington, says USAToday;
The club’s executive board “can no longer support the City of Burlington with such a prejudice against our club and its members, and has voted to suspend the City’s use of our range for its law enforcement. This action is effective immediately,” Boivin wrote in the letter, dated Tuesday. It was provided Wednesday to The Burlington Free Press.
“We hope that the council reconsiders its actions and redirects its efforts towards perpetrators of violent crimes and security issues,” Boivin wrote.
The city’s exclusion from the range likely would affect how and when officers train with firearms, Burlington Police Chief Michael Schirling told the Free Press on Wednesday night.
“Training facilities are limited in the area,” Schirling said. “It’s unfortunate that a polarized discussion of this nature has this kind of impact.”
Yeah, it’s unfortunate that private citizens aren’t rolling over and just doing what is being dictated to them. We talked about the city council when they decided to draft a gun ban for the city while most of the citizens who showed up for the meeting opposed the new legislation. The council plowed ahead anyway, and now they find out that there’s a price to pay for their intransigence.