“Without warning, the state Senate approved a bill early Friday morning that would exempt retired law enforcement officers from new ammunition restrictions in New York’s new gun control law, the SAFE Act,” blog.timesunion.com reports. “The measure sprang onto the chamber floor shortly before 2 a.m., and drew howls from some of the GOP’s Republican members . . .
Roughly half of them — including Sens. Kathy Marchione, R-Halfmoon and Hugh Farley, R-Niskayuna — voted against the legislation, generally citing disgust with the process and a desire that the SAFE Act be repealed in its entirety.
And where the Hell were all these indignant Republicans when the SAFE Act was passed, 20 minutes after it was introduced (and then immediately signed into law under the Governor’s emergency powers)? In fact, if you really want your blood to boil check out this quote from Republican Senator Marty Golden, “a retired NYPD officer from Brooklyn, said the change would affect 200,000 people around the state.”
“After working 20 years or 30 years as a police officer, or a peace officer, or as a federal officer, they encounter people when they are with their families and when they are in their communities, and they act appropriately,” he said. “They’re not a separate class of people, ladies and gentleman, but they are an experience class of people. … They know how to deal with the criminal element, so if anybody deserves to have a 10-round magazine” it is them.
If anybody deserves to have a 10-round magazine? I guess the Supreme Court’s McDonald decision, ruling the right to keep and bear arms is an individual right protected by the United States Constitution for all Americans that trumps local and state law, never made it to The Empire State. Nor, I suspect, did legislators contemplate my post Why New York Cops Don’t Deserve a SAFE Act Carve-Out.
They say the people get the government they deserve. As an RI refugee I feel for the pro-gun residents of the New York slave state—who will not accept this clearly unconstitutional thuggery. Again, this will not end well.