New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has climbed down on the SAFE Act’s uber-unconstitutional seven-round magazine limit. Hizzoner claims he didn’t know that no one makes seven-round ammunition magazines. Be that as it isn’t, read the fine print: the State wants to “suspend enforcement” of the seven-round mag cap, not eliminate the provision. Equally, Empire State residents who own a [newly-defined] “assault weapon” must still register their gun with the po-po within a year or . . . see above. No seriously. Don’t kid yourself; New York’s local and state SWAT teams are ready, willing and able to enforce the SAFE Act. If Albany residents didn’t know it before, they do now . . .
Police Chief Steven Krokoff says his department was “insensitive” when it conducted a training exercise that involved police firing blank ammunition and using flash grenades near occupied apartments at the Ida J. Yarbrough Homes . . .
Police said they went door-to-door before the training to notify residents, but many were caught off guard when the teams descended Thursday morning reportedly shooting fake bullets and throwing flash grenades and tear gas into the vacant building during the exercise.
“We wake up to the sound the next morning of literally small bombs,” said an Ida Yarbrough resident and state worker, who spoke only on condition she not be identified. “All you could hear was ‘pop, pop, pop’ of an assault rifle, police screaming ‘clear!’ I really thought I was in the middle of a war zone — and I have a four-year-old.”
The empty apartments used for the training are in front of a parking lot and steps away from two other buildings that are still filled with tenants.
The problem isn’t indiscretion, although God knows this was an impolite incursion into local residents’ lives. It’s the mere existence of these “troops.”
Teams of up-armored cops without any raison d’etre do what any organism or organization does: find one. This they’ve done with the “War on Drugs,” pursuing the flash bang lifestyle with no-knock drug busts.
With enthusiasm for the WOD winding down, with terrorists notable by their absence, the SAFE Act is a gift.
All this military-style police work increases the likelihood that someone in NY will pull the trigger on a SWAT raid (or ten) on private gun owners who refused to register their previously-legal “assault rifle.” Or bought or sold ammo without telling the state.
Why not? A year from now they’ll be criminals. Dangerous criminals. Ipso facto. Mark my words: one day the blood on that pavement won’t be fake. [h/t Nick]