NY Gun Ban Bill Forgets to Exempt Police

“It appears someone forgot to exempt police officers from the ban of ammunition clips with more than 7 bullets in New York State’s new gun control law, ” wabc.com reports. “It’s a big oversight that apparently happened in the haste by the Cuomo Administration to get a tough package of gun-control measures signed into law.” Haste as in Cuomo somehow waiving the Constitutional requirement for a three-day waiting period between a bill’s introduction and a vote in the General Assembly . . .

The NYPD, the State Police and virtually every law enforcement agency in the state carry 9-milli-meter guns, which have a 15-round capacity. Unless an exemption is added by the time the law takes effect in March, police would technically be in violation of the new gun measure.

Technically as in actually. OK, ready?

State Senator Eric Adams, a former NYPD Captain, told us he’s going to push for an amendment next week to exempt police officers from the high-capacity magazine ban. In his words, “You can’t give more ammo to the criminals.”

Or citizens. “Technically.”


  1. avatar anon says:

    well if the civilians shouldnt be able to have it why should the cops be able to have it?

    1. avatar JB says:

      Stop that kind of thinking you silly goose.

    2. avatar Cliff H says:

      Was this an oversight, or just wishful Liberal thinking? They passed a law making all those nasty guns and “ammo clips”, etc. illegal. If they really believed what they were doing was effective then one of two things should have followed: 1. NY Cops obviously would never need more than seven bullets in their ammo magazine clips, or 2. NY Cops really shouldn’t need to cary guns anymore anyway, since who are they going to shoot at and why? Nobody else has a gun, why should they need one, much less one with fifteen bullets?

      1. avatar Aaron says:

        No they should be limited to 7 rounders too, that way they can’t kill more innocent bystanders.

      2. avatar JuanCudz says:

        Of course they need assault clips. They won’t be able to shoot 14 innocent bystanders at once otherwise!

    3. avatar Soccerchainsaw says:

      I can’t believe the gall these people have. Current and retired officers to be exempt? Don’t forget to include celebrities and politicians. And Cuomo’s uncle Vinny, Vinny’s got to have his Glock.

      1. avatar jack jones says:

        They are ALL Democrats

    4. avatar J- says:

      Send all the cops to jail!!!

  2. avatar JoshinGA says:

    No one should have said anything about this until after the law took effect. Just sayin…

    1. avatar anon says:

      law is already in effect. as soon as the gov signed it.

      1. avatar JoshinGA says:

        As the article says…”the law takes effect in March”. IDK, but thats what I read.

  3. avatar mountocean says:

    It it too good to be true? Talk about a true champion for the people. I guess Cuomo’s more egalitarian than I thought.

  4. avatar #2 says:

    Someone get the govenor a tissue, he has egg on his face!

    1. avatar AJ says:

      It’s not egg, it’s Mikey’s splooge.

  5. avatar Joe says:

    Police tend to be law-abiding and should therefore be held to the same standards as the law abiding, even when it comes to guns.

    1. avatar Bob says:

      “tend to be law abiding”? Concealed carry holders are quite a bit more law-abiding than cops.

  6. avatar Ross says:

    That’s great, it’s going to certainty help with keeping the body count down in mass shooting now that the police are restricted to 7 rounds 😉

    1. avatar PatAnderson says:


  7. avatar Scott Shaw says:

    I think peace officers need to follow the same laws at the “subjects”…..if you’re going to treat it like a prinicipality, every one of the “kings men” should follow.

    1. avatar AlphaGeek says:


      I’m starting to get really irritated with the whole two-class system for firearms ownership. If you really think 7 rounds are enough, then make it the same law for everyone.

      When the domestic forces of government (state/federal LEOs, etc.) are in a separate legal class from private citizens under laws governing firearms, even unto retirement, and private citizens have LESS access to firepower than domestic forces controlled by the government… how is that not a bald-faced violation of the Second Amendment?

      Seriously, WTF?

      1. avatar Ivy Mike says:

        The Law has been reduced to a single phrase: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

        1. avatar g says:


          Animal Farm reference.

          And in this case, the “pigs” (sorry LEO members, it’s from Animal Farm) really are more equal than us other farm animals.

        2. avatar MikeinDC says:

          + 1000

          Well played Sir

  8. avatar Michael C says:

    Truly a model for ALL gun control laws. Close the police loophole NOW Mr. President!

  9. avatar stateisevil says:

    Hilarious! I absolutely would NOT vote to exempt them. They are the sword of the tyranny. Hey NY cops: F*** YOU.

    1. avatar Totenglocke says:

      I’d say that we need a Federal law saying citizens can buy anything they damn well please but that the police and federal agents are limited to six shot .38 special revolvers, .22 lr bolt action rifles, and pump action shotguns of 20 gauge or smaller.

      1. avatar Soccerchainsaw says:

        +1 times 1000

  10. avatar Cliff says:

    If retired cops are exempt, so should retired Military. Whoops, wait a minute, they probably have those pesky “assault weapons”

    1. avatar AlphaGeek says:

      If retired cops are exempt, EVERYONE should be exempt. Retired cops are not a special class of citizen. Neither are military veterans.

  11. avatar DisThunder says:

    HAW! Excellent.

  12. avatar Jürgen says:


    These are the terms that come to mind.

  13. avatar Chris says:

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA GOOD! It should affect them also. Wwhen they have to face teh same dangers we do on a daily basis with the same tools we do maybe then they will realize the damage they are causing.

  14. avatar SCS says:

    Two words remain………………………[email protected] Idiots.

  15. avatar Nick says:

    How do “retired” cops also get exemptions?

    1. avatar Accur81 says:

      It depends on the state, and on the manner in which they retire. Some retired LEOs can keep their gear, some can’t. Some move to Texas.

  16. avatar chewcudda says:

    dammit I knew it.

    I got chewed on For my earlier post about this.

    It was bound to happen when you mish mash laws together without looking through them.

  17. avatar Lemming says:

    Worrisome that they mention fixing other mistakes. There are some bits in the new law that have consequences they surely didn’t intend that we were looking forward to.

  18. avatar DentalPrepper says:

    The police need more than 7 rounds in a mag so they are not outgunned by criminals. Isn’t that why civilians need more than 7 round mags too?

    1. avatar Mike in NC says:

      By the NYPD standard 7 rounds for an officer means one hit. A civilian with 7 rounds will have at least 5 hits.

    2. avatar Bob says:

      They know that perfectly well. They are totally infatuated with authority and they want their subjects unarmed.

  19. avatar KCK says:

    Equal protection under the law????
    I know there is a double meaning here but not really if you are a retired LEO you will get an exemption (when they ammend the law). If you’re not on the job any more, you are a civilian like anyone else. Some are more equal than others.

  20. avatar Geoff says:

    Just to point out a factual inaccuracy, THE NYSP use .45GAP as does the Sherrif in ym county and all the municipal depts carry .45ACP. otherwise whne I pointed this out today they all just laughed at it. what cop is going to bust another for a mag over 7rds.

  21. avatar Fug says:

    This story needs to get out, tell everyone you know. Cuomo is a moronic scumbag and the whole world should know what a friggin joke New York is.

    Governor Cuombucket and Uncle Moneybags Bloomberg need to be force-fed some humble pie for this shite. Who does he think he’s impressing saying ten round mags are too much? It’s just so damn stupid, the legislators who passed this would have been tarred and feathered back in the day. Nowadays they could put me on a watch list just for implying I may like to see that happen.

    To hell with the nanny statists!

  22. avatar Lance says:

    All cops in NY will have to return to revolvers good they deserve it.

  23. avatar Doug says:

    Why shouldn’t law enforcement have to live by the same laws as everyone else? If no one else gets 8 bullets, why should the police need 8 or more?

    I heard that all the violent criminals in New York have already gotten rid of all their “assault” weapons and standard capacity magazines. You see, these are now outlawed, and they don’t want to break the law. So the police have nothing to worry about. All they need to fend off these formerly violent thugs are lollipops, sunshine, and hugs since all the bad things are against the law now and no longer exist.

  24. avatar Mark N. says:

    Assemblyman Al Graf (R,C,I-Holbrook) recently expressed his opposition to the poor government process that yielded a hurried vote on incomplete legislation. Graf indicated that the legislation contained numerous flaws, including one that hits extremely close to home.

    “My daughter is a New York City police officer, and under this legislation, we’ll be taking bullets out of her gun while the bad guys have no such limitations,” said Graf. “This is what happens when you circumvent the legal, responsible legislative process: you end up with a well-intentioned bill that completely misses its mark and ends up putting the safety of our children and families at risk.”

  25. avatar Jesse says:

    Good. The Police should not be exempt from anything. If a civilian can’t own it neither should they.

  26. avatar Anonymous says:

    I hate the way the reporter just kind of says “yeah it’s a problem, but it’s okay; it was a massive piece of legislation that they rushed on”.


  27. avatar AaronW says:

    I was at a Yonkers LGS last night. He couldn’t sell me ammo, and was sending everyone that bought a pistol home with the gun, but no mags…

    1. avatar Mark N. says:

      Which brings up another intended consequence of the law that didn’t work out quite as planned. The purpose of the 7 round mag limit was to block the sale of most handguns in NY state except for those compacts and 1911s that already have a limited capacity. Which is why it was rushed, to force NY LGSs to sell those guns to some other state. Your guy’s solution was to sell without a mag, assuming that at some point someone will fill the need for compliant mags (at an undoubtedly inflated price), thus defeating at least part of the law. I don’t get the ammo bit though. Is there another odious part of the law no one is talking about yet?

  28. avatar BlinkyPete says:

    This would be hilarious… if it weren’t really happening.

  29. avatar Dan Schrader says:

    Retired cop = civilian. Period.

    The law should exempt cops ONLY with the service weapons provided by the municipality. Any privately held guns owned by cops should have to be held to the same standard as any other citizen’s privately owned weapon. The service weapons they take home should have to be locked up at all times so their family members and others cannot get access to them. Any weapons that are personally owned and not locked away would have to be restricted to the same standards as their neighbors.

    1. avatar Jeff O. says:

      Cop = Civilian.


      1. avatar Bob says:

        ^ what he said ^

  30. avatar IndyEric says:

    Doesn’t this make innocent bystanders safer?

  31. avatar Some Civilian Guy From NY says:

    I hope they think about this carefully. The police are the group responsible for most of the firearms deaths in NY. Think of the innocent children. Think of the innocent dogs that could be saved. /sarcasm.

  32. avatar Daniel Silverman says:

    Can you say WIN!!!
    I find it amusing at best..

  33. avatar MotoJB says:

    Wow…shows what reckless idiots they truly are. Talk about pushing flawed legislation from every angle. Why should cops have more???

  34. avatar Casey T says:

    This means the NYC cops can’t shoot as many innocent bystanders.

  35. avatar KCK says:

    I have a standard when it comes to congressional action that they should ask themselves.
    That is “Are we in the middle of a wild eyed McCarthy Era moment?”
    The president’s question is, “Is what I just signed as bad as the abuse of power Nixon used surrounding Watergate?”
    For the Sepreme court: “Are we about to rule very stupidly on Dred Scott’s case?”
    Answer so far, Naaaah.
    Maybe some hope yet from the Supremes.

  36. avatar Don says:

    Police certainly don’t need KILLING MACHINES with NO LEGITIMATE USE except for mass murder. Especially if any of them are on depression or anxiety medication or have ever lost their temper. What if one of them goes nuts? Imagine the social cost?


  37. avatar orangeblue says:

    How amazing would it be if enough of the reps who “went along” with this legislation decided to block amending it?

  38. avatar Jerry M says:

    When a retired police officer becomes a civilian and wants to continue to posses a handgun he or she should have to apply and pay fees for a concealed carry permit just like the rest of us civilians.

    1. avatar Mark N. says:

      I completely agree. A raw point out here in California is that leos can buy anything while the rest of us are limited to the Roster of “Safe” Handguns (which is getting smaller, not larger). (There is a loophole, but it adds a c-note to the cost.) Since these leos are buying non-dutyor off duty
      firearms, there is no rational reason for the exemption (an exemption that until fairly recently extended to full auto ARs.)

      Then again, I take the argument one step further. LEOs are an outgrowth and assumed the duties of the old militias. The cops are citizens, not a special class. Therefore there is no constitutional reason that they should be allowed to bear arms that are forbidden to the rest of the citizenry.

  39. avatar Henry Bowman says:

    “You can’t give more ammo to the criminals.”

    Then why is he pushing for an exemption for cops?

  40. avatar Rich says:

    I hope those of you who think that this is okay don’t need a cop to need more than 7 rounds protecting you or a family member.

  41. avatar In Memphis says:

    I guess Ill switch to a 9mm, seems there is going to be some of that back on the shelves. Thanks New York!

  42. avatar Javier says:

    I told you so. just doesn’t cut it. There should be NO exceptions. Enforcing a law which you yourselves don’t have to obey is HYPOCRITICAL. It was a rush job and draconian. No middle ground from NY state politicians just the iron fist(finger is more like it) to its people.

  43. avatar diego says:

    For the millionth time. They aren’t “clips”, they are magazines. You sound uneducated.

  44. avatar Alan Rose says:

    Cops are civilians. Ther are two classes of citizens in America. Civilians and soldiers. Civilian cops just get “exceptions.”

  45. avatar Bill says:

    You people who hate the people who protect are absolute naive morons

    1. avatar Realist says:

      You’re the moron if you think the NYPD is running around protecting people douchebag. Look at NYPD recent corruption and crime statistics.

      1. Not reporting crimes on the innocent to keep precint crime census low
      2. Police shooting innocent bystanders in unnecessary cinematic shootouts.
      3. Raping women while on duty.
      4. Police prostitution rings.
      5 unjust police harrassment and racist stop and frisk laws.

      These are just the icing on the cake, ignorant douche master…

      Remember what happened to Serpico…

  46. “The NYPD, the State Police and virtually every law enforcement agency in the state carry 9-milli-meter guns, which have a 15-round capacity.”

    Don’t most full size 9mm handguns hold 17 rounds?

    1. avatar Accur81 says:

      Full sized 9 mm handgun usually have 15 round standard size mags, but there are many standard size and extended 17 round mags as well.

  47. avatar Jeff W says:

    Well here is the conundrum.

    If The people have to be restricted in the amount of ammo they carry, as not to have more than the police.

    Why would the Police need more than the people if the people have less than the police?

    Now, how many times have the “Use of Excessive Force” been applied to the NYPD in the past 10 years?


  48. avatar stitch1870 says:

    Anyone else think they when they write the exemption for LEO they’ll have forgotten to include the natty guard in it as well? Or do they plan on limiting and disarming the only truly armed population group?

  49. lol, Get Serious!… Police, “On Duty”, Should be Allowed to Carry “Heavily”, if Needed!… [ Criminals, Have it!….]. They Need it, to do a good job! I’m Oppossed, to Any Form of Gun /Magazine Ban, but Backing, “Stiffer”. Mental and Morale, Background Checks!, Also, Tougher Penalties, for a Person, that violates the “Straw Purchase, Act”!…[One buying Guns, andselling, or giving them to Convicted Felons!]….

  50. avatar Blaine says:

    Governor Cuomo, can you hear every thug in New York laughing at you? Even I can hear the laughter here in Utah!

    Did you really think that any of New York’s criminals will comply with your ridiculous 7-round limit? Do you not understand that the only people affected by your silly law are the responsible voters of New York?

    Governor, thank you for again proving my assertion that law that is based on emotion is always bad law.

    New York needs smarter voters!

  51. avatar Joe says:

    I worked in NYC as a Transit P.O. I carried a .38 Smith&Wesson which was adequate for the job. I really don’t understand why a switch was made to the 9mm. Criminals had access to automatics weapons in the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, you get the idea and the .38 revolver did the job. Diallo might have lived if the officers were using them. Another thing that seems to me unfair is that when I was working I could go into a store that sold guns and buy anything I wanted just showing my ID. I think any weapon that is not to be used at worked, basically the service handgun, should have the same purchase restrictions placed on them as for any other citizen.

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