Sheriffs Association Fired Up Over Gun Control Law


The gun control law pushed through the state Legislature two weeks ago has left sheriffs across the state fired up.

One problem they have is that the law was rushed.

"The process wasn't allowed to develop like most laws do and those things are of a great concern now not only to New York State Sheriffs, but also, you know, to me personally," said St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin Wells.

The new law reduces the ammunition that can be held in a clip or magazine from ten to seven rounds.

The idea is that if a shooter has to reload his gun, shootings like the one in Newtown, Connecticut, might end sooner.

But the Sheriifs Association says smaller clips won't make anyone safer.

"The only people that are going to be trustworthy enough to put seven in are going to be the legal gun owner to begin with. Ten should've, you know something like that, would've been a more workable number than seven," said Wells.

The Sheriffs Association say it also wants clarification on how ammunition can be sold.

Wells says he doesn't think restrictions on what can be sold can do much good. 

"The actual sale of ammunition to go in those magazines is something that really is only going to have an effect on the legal gun owner," said Wells.

There were some things the Sheriffs Association says it did like.

Members like the part of the law that protects first responders and the part that increases penalties for illegal use of weapons.

See the Sheriffs Association's response to the law

Friday, December 2, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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