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Sheriff Gerace backs New York gun law exemption

July 29, 2013

MAYVILLE — Retired police officers have been given exemptions to New York state’s strict gun-control law. Gov....

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Jul-29-13 6:11 AM

Why is this only being considered for retired police officers and not retired military??????????

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Jul-29-13 8:29 AM

It's a start but we need to repeal the law.

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Jul-29-13 9:48 AM

Well since active duty officers need dozens of rounds to hit anything retired ones will likely need extended magazines

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Jul-29-13 11:21 AM

Prior to the SAFE Act, law abiding citizens, including retired law enforcement personnel were equally protected under NY State law. Now this unconstitutional law is creating two groups of citizens. Rights once held by the people are slowly being taken away, while we now create a privileged class. I wonder what our founding fathers would think of this law?

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Jul-29-13 11:50 AM

I asked this question previously but still haven't been able to determine an answer. Does this exemption for retired LEO's apply only to those specific , privately owned weapons for which the retiree had received permission to carry while on duty; or does it apply to all weapons owned by the retiree, which are now classified as "assault weapons"? Just as with any "civilian", an LEO is just as likely to have an extensive collection of firearms, most of which was never approved for on the job use. For example, will a retired LEO be allowed to load more than 7 rounds into the magazine of one of the several AK variants that he might own?

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Jul-29-13 1:13 PM

This is a joke. Either what's good for everyday Joe Citizen is good for retired Joe Policeman, or it isn't. No separatism in laws.

Repeal the un-SAFE act - that's the only acceptable answer.

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Jul-29-13 1:30 PM

Why isn’t the exemption applied to all retired citizens? The same gun laws, rights, and responsibilities should apply to all citizens regardless of your current or previous employment. I’ve said it before; if you want to know what kind of weapon you should be using to protect yourself, look at the weapons the Sheriffs and State police use to protect themselves. Why don’t I have the same right to protect myself?

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Jul-29-13 1:41 PM

And will the retired officer have only the two limited options available to the general public should he decide that he wishes to dispose of an assault weapon; turn it into the police or sell it to an FFL holder. Or will he be able to sell it to another LEO, even if the weapon in question was never, and will never, be approved for "on duty" use?

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Jul-29-13 1:49 PM

Thanks Senator Young for voting against it and Rep Goodell,you blew it! Retired LEO's are no different than any of us. Heck I spent 28 years in the service,ran ranges,instructed people about weapon safety and fired almost every weapon ever made and I'm not fit to enjoy the same exemption! BS. The same goes for every citizen who is responsible and law abiding,not having worn a uniform does not make someone less responsible.

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Jul-29-13 9:21 PM

Scared cows make the best hamburgers.

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Jul-29-13 9:31 PM

Except for the fat between the ears Dcroaknig as in your case.

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Jul-30-13 9:54 AM

We each are responsible for the safety of ourselves and our loved ones. Gun ownership is an individual choice. I happen to have one and practice extensively at several ranges and with experienced instructors here in Florida. I believe in the second amendment. New York law has woefully undermined its citizens choice to defend themselves with firearms. I cannot fly into Buffalo airport with legal firearms legally contained in my baggage because of reciprocal laws between NY and FL. NY is a disgrace to its law abiding citizens in many ways.

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Jul-30-13 7:48 PM

"woefully undermined"?? Try "hung out to dry" at the expense of some d-bag with white house aspirations. Animal Farm for sure.

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Jul-30-13 7:50 PM

I hope there aren't one of those farmer's market catastrophes in NY like there have been in recent years across the country. Using Cuomo logic, we'll all be walking.

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Jul-30-13 9:17 PM

Retired cops are just that, RETIRED! They are no longer police officers and should have no more rights than any other citizen. This is a totally BS issue, and a purely political stance.

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