New York sheriffs not enforcing SAFE Act gun control legislation

As usual, it is the local population that must stand up and fight tyranny at the state and federal level. Sheriffs in New York state are not hiding the fact they will not be enforcing state law restricting firearm magazine capacity to seven rounds.

Good for them. From AWR Hawkins at Big Government, who references this post on

The New York State Sheriffs Association and five individual sheriffs have joined a court effort to block enforcement of new bullet limits for magazines and firearms restrictions.

Schoharie County Sheriff Tony Desmond said he has no intention of enforcing the law, and that his office won’t do anything that would cause law-abiding citizens to turn in their weapons or arrest them for possessing firearms.

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

Amen brother. Of course, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is pissed off.

Talking to reporters Wednesday, Cuomo said law enforcement’s job is to enforce all the laws, which are enacted by the Legislature. To do otherwise “would obviously be chaos” and “a dangerous and frightening precedent.”

Oh really? When Cuomo comes out bitching and moaning about the Obama administration’s Executive Branch refusing to execute the laws as enacted by Congress and signed by the/a president, maybe he’ll have a leg to stand on. Until then, shut up. The federal government has been selectively enforcing laws for years based on politics, at least the sheriffs in New York are basing their decisions on what’s right and the 2nd Amendment … you know, that “shall not be infringed” stuff.

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14 replies
  1. bien-pensant
    bien-pensant says:

    It would be wonderful if the sheriff’s decisions were indicative of a groundswell of public opinion in NY. While I don’t think NY has a recall option like Colorado, it would be nice if decisive numbers of voters ousted these anti-gun politicians.
    Cuomo, Bloomberg, et al, arrogantly control the bully pulpit and push the “ban all guns, one step at a time” legislation onto the voters in the guise of “safety.” The go-along-to-get-along lawmakers, Connecticut, New Jersey and Maryland very much included, had better wake and realize that legislating against guns is legislating against the people and it is the people who put them into office. I really hope this groundswell will turn into a tsunami to flush the corridors of the state houses clean of anti-rights lawmakers.

    • Steve McGough
      Steve McGough says:

      Sorry – that boat left the dock with the hypocrisy of the federal government refusing to enforce laws passed by Congress. Cuomo stated there would be “chaos” if these laws were not enforced. They have not been enforced … where is the chaos?

      What’s really happening here is law enforcement generally avoids charging people with stupid stuff because they have more important things to do.

      • ricbee
        ricbee says:

        You’re naive,Steve,cops do whatever they want on duty. Desmond could just ignore the law silently,if he believed it was wrong. But taking a public stand outside the courtroom is a big mistake.

      • Steve McGough
        Steve McGough says:

        I don’t see any connection to being “naive” here. I know the deal, there are PLENTY of “laws on the books” that are plain ridiculous, and certainly LEOs and prosecutors don’t bother enforcing those laws. I’d certainly say these laws fall into the “won’t do a damn thing” category when it comes to a reduction in crime.

        These politicians are selective concerning the laws they want enforced. If you enforce a law not favored by a politician, your job in law enforcement might be over. This has happened to many a cop.

        As a reminder here, these sheriffs?(those referenced here) in New York State are elected by the people, so they are held to a different standard than your local cop on the beat. A similar situation is happening in Colorado. These sheriffs are expected to speak for the people since they are law enforcement and elected. They tried to speak for the people in Colorado and were shut out by politicians – violating the law. Those politicians were tossed out this week … and that’s awesome. The sheriffs tried to speak for the people of New York, and they were shut out by politicians during the process. This is what happens.

        These actions by the government – when it comes to taking away my rights – must be stopped, and I’m glad these sheriffs are standing up for the people they represent.

  2. sammy22
    sammy22 says:

    I still say that 2 wrongs (or any number of wrongs) do not make a right. I still believe that the US is a nation of laws. If it is not, it should stop saying it is.

    • ricbee
      ricbee says:

      You don’t seem to have practical experience here in the trenches,Steve-I was like you until I got busted on Dec 12,2006 & learned what makes this world tick.

      • Gary J
        Gary J says:

        when the laws are against the peoples wishes and or the US Constitution that is the only way. People standing up for our constitution, as well as the peoples wishes. When you run a stop sign it is up to the officer if you get a ticket or a pass no?

    • stinkfoot
      stinkfoot says:

      When we compile an increasing number of laws of dubious Constitutionality then we’re becoming something else.? Should police enforce laws that would be shot down by a SCOTUS that wasn’t stacked?? Are we opening a can of worms by having the police free to interpret the law?? Perhaps a better question might be why are we passing such laws that do little beyond erode rights and freedoms?? Why are we as citizens allowing it?

    • Dimsdale
      Dimsdale says:

      How come this thought doesn’t apply to ?bama and his minions, i.e. immigration, the border, his own ?bamacare law, the IRS, NSA, etc., etc., etc.

  3. Gary J
    Gary J says:

    Maybe these sheriffs? should run for congress and or state offices? They have more brains and common sense that the ones there now.Republican and or democrats !

    • ricbee
      ricbee says:

      If the cop was doing his job there would be no question but they now do whatever they want & that’s true everywhere up the judicial chain in Corrupticut,Gary.

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