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Thursday, January 17, 2013

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo: Ready, FIRE, Aim

Those of you who live outside the People's Republic of New York may not understand this, but the state's politicians are the most dysfunctional group of government officials in the nation. And no one is more over the top dysfunctional than Governor Andrew Cuomo.  As Assistant Director of HUD under Bill Clinton Cuomo pushed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac buy more home loans issued to poor homeowners, in an attempt to end discrimination against minorities---we all know how that worked out.  Now we learn his recent gun control bill is working out almost as well has his HUD tenure. His new  gun law does not exempt New York cops from having clips with more than seven bullets and may prevent police from responding to school shootings.

As reported by ABC-TV in New York, Cuomo's NY SAFE Act bans all magazines that hold more than seven bullets and pre-1994 high capacity magazines, and prohibits the carrying of guns on school grounds. Except they forgot to add a loophole exempting law enforcement officers.

But because no loophole for law enforcement was included in the law, every police officer in the state is technically in violation of the statute even though the prohibition is unlikely to be enforced, according to New York Assemblyman Al Graf.

Graf — a former New York City police officer and the ranking Republican member of the assembly’s powerful Codes Committee — says that the ban could even impede the efforts of officers to respond to a school shooting.

“The language is unclear, and to go further, a cop cannot go on school property with a gun,” Graf told The Daily Caller. “They weren’t exempted from that, either.”

“There was actually a story that was relayed to me the other day about a New York City police officer who went to a school the other day to pick up his kid, and the security guard told him that if he came to the school with his off-duty gun he would be arrested,” Graf continued.
The prohibition on carrying a gun into a school could even extend to on-duty police officers responding to an emergency such as a shooting.

“I guess they would have to sit there and take their gun belts off before they came in” to the school, Graf said.
The reason the exemption was omitted was that Cuomo, who may want to run for POTUS in 2016, wanted to rush the bill through as quickly as possible so his attack on the Second Amendment was not given time to be read.
“I got my hands on the bill at 11:30 at night,” Graf said, adding that he only had an hour to go through it before a meeting of the Codes Committee.

“Nobody was really able to look the bill,” before it was passed, according to Graf.
The New York Patrolman's Benevolent Association President released a statement saying,
"The PBA is actively working to enact changes to this law that will provide the appropriate exemptions from the law for active and retired law enforcement officers."
Andrew Cuomo typical progressive, Shoot first...read the bill later.

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