Anarchy: NY State Troopers Distance Themselves From Cuomo, Hesitant to Enforce Draconian Gun Laws

Posted by on Apr 23, 2013 at 8:05 am

Let this be a lesson to the gun-grabbing, anti-Second Amendment politicians out there. Ramming through gun laws in the dead of night with no debate and that are pretty much unenforceable leads to situations like this.

As the primary enforcers of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s sweeping gun control laws, state troopers hear directly from New York gun owners — and so far, it’s been an earful.

So much so that, last week, the New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association issued a statement distancing troopers from Cuomo and warning of public resentment toward law enforcement since the gun law’s passage.

“The individual members of this union did not write the terms of the bill nor vote on its passage,” the State Police PBA said. “We urge the citizens of New York State to remember that troopers are simply tasked with the lawful mandate to enforce the laws of the state, regardless of their personal opinion of such laws.”

Amazingly, the idiots in New York declared 10-round clips illegal without even realizing that made criminals of the police. That let to the unprecedented action of the moron Cuomo looking to repeal his own law. And this tool aspires to be president.

The extraordinary statement — police do not normally distance themselves from the laws they enforce — is the latest in a series of declarations and resolutions warning that parts of the NY SAFE Act may be difficult to enforce.

Signed into law by Cuomo just a half-hour after it passed the Assembly, the SAFE Act contains more than a dozen provisions, including a long list of features that qualify a gun as an assault weapon. The law requires owners of assault weapons to register the weapons with State Police.

It includes penalties for gun owners who fail to register assault weapons, or fail to store weapons and ammunition as required. It requires ammo dealers to report sales details to the state and closes the so-called “private sale loophole” by requiring background checks in connection with all gun sales.

The message from the troopers echoes the sentiments of the New York State Sheriffs Association, which has said its members “strongly believe that modifications are needed to clarify the intent of some of these new provisions and that revisions are needed to allow sheriffs to properly enforce the law in their counties.”

This is what you get when lawmakers act on emotion and throw logic and common sense out the window. All these idiots wanted after Newtown was to preen for the cameras and act if if their doing something. Deep down these lefties all despise the Second Amendment and Newtown gave them an opening.

Although such public statements are strong by the standards of law enforcement organizations, they’re still relatively muted, compared with the true feelings of the state’s police officers, said Jacob Rieper, vice president of legislative and political affairs for the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association.

“I’d even go so far to say that they want nothing to with this law, period,” Rieper said.

Concerns about enforcement problems are shared by gun shop owners, who say their customers are worried about becoming accidental felons.

“They never thought this through,” said Michael Timlin, owner of RT Smoke & Gun Shop in Mount Vernon. “From day one, I thought, how is this thing going to be enforced?”

It can’t be, which is why it needs to be ruled unconstitutional. Now in the wake of the Boston bombings, you can be assured many who once they they had no reason to arm themselves are rethinking that posture. It takes an act of terror to make some realize they’re on their own in the face of evil.

Meanwhile, in case you thought Cuomo wasn’t completely out of touch with reality, he actually brought up so-called climate change when talking about the Boston bombings last week.

CUOMO:  One gets the sense that this is more reflective of the, quote, unquote, new normal, if you will.  So much of society is changing so rapidly, we talk about a new normal when it comes to climate change and adjusting to a change in the weather patterns. New normal when it comes to public security in a post-9/11 world where these random acts of violence, which at one time were implausible, now seem all too frequent.

Living with terror does not have to be the new normal, but it may well be with a disarmed citizenry.

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20 Responses to “Anarchy: NY State Troopers Distance Themselves From Cuomo, Hesitant to Enforce Draconian Gun Laws”

  1. ChurchSox on 23/23/13 at 9:52 am

    “One gets the sense that this is more reflective of the, quote, unquote, new normal, if you will.”

    When you need to put the phrase in air quotes AND excuse yourself for saying it, it may be that something’s wrong with the thought itself.

    Have you considered re-thinking your position altogether, taking into account the amount of cheap showmanship, semantic gymnastics and rhetorical bullying you’ve needed to advance it?

  2. Warthog on 23/23/13 at 10:01 am

    Don’t worry, I’m sure they’ll get over their reluctance eventually and be good little soldiers.

  3. chuckR on 23/23/13 at 10:27 am

    I grew up in rural western NY. My family’s best friends were a family that now farms several square miles. I married a (different) farmer’s daughter. Cuomo must never have talked with people like them. They hunt. They plink varmints, up to and including Bambi. Of course they have guns – rifles and carbines, not pistols, because pistols aren’t useful tools. His law is so half-assed that they would/will run afoul of it multiple ways. But hey, its just the New York’s own fly-over land.

  4. bokhara on 23/23/13 at 10:30 am

    Please understand the difference between a magazine and a clip, especially in an article that is supportive of firearms rights. Such ignorance is expected from those in favor of the gun confiscation agenda, not those who oppose such laws.

  5. Rich K on 23/23/13 at 11:47 am

    I’m really beginning to question the quality of education in NYS when I see and hear what the elected folks keep doing to them that vote.

  6. askeptic on 23/23/13 at 11:53 am

    A FAQ section on the Gov’s website RE: The SAFE Act, has a question as to whether or not 10-rd magazines can still be purchased.
    And the answer is: YES!

    Did the major media trumpet this change in the law?
    If they did, the sound never made it out here to the Left Coast.

  7. Rob Morse on 23/23/13 at 1:23 pm

    I can’t tell if the NY State police are worried about breaking their oath to uphold the US Constitution, or if they think the public will blame them for illegitimate seizures and take their frustration out on the guys doing the dirty work of confiscation.

    Maybe both.

  8. PersonFromPorlock on 23/23/13 at 2:30 pm

    The problem with police who “only enforce the law” is that when the law tells them to round up the Jews, they round up the Jews.

  9. John A on 23/23/13 at 3:47 pm

    First, yes, very few of the anti-gun posturing pols know what they are actually talking about. Even those like Feinstein, who has (or had?) concealed-weapon permit but seems to think sling-attachment-lugs make a rifle into an “assault weapon” (whatever that is: if you kick a cop, you will find yourself charged with ‘assault with a deadly weapon’) or “I fully support the Second Amendment” Bloomberg who thinks a semi-auto rifle with a thirty-round magazine can spray bullets but a semi-auto pistol with a thirty-round magazine cannot.

    But those commenters who quibble about “magazine vs clip” are being a bit silly: if nothing else, what is the ammo holder that is inserted into the venerable M1 semi-auto called? Yeah, a clip – not a magazine. To non-enthusiasts the distinction is like when a niece of mine corrected me on “spatula vs turner” (that thing used to flip burgers or pancakes on a grill technically is not a spatula).

  10. ebola131 on 23/23/13 at 4:07 pm

    I would not want to be the one ordered to “come and get them”.
    I have no desire to have my life extinguished for no legitimate reason.
    Most gun enthusiasts I know are preparing their homes for the “come and take them” assault.
    How many of them do you think will have to die before they give up on that confiscation idea?
    III

  11. Mannie on 23/23/13 at 4:34 pm

    We may get to see, this year, whether The Constitution is worth anything at all. We may get to see how many cops

    are willing to betray their country and become nothing more than jackbooted thugs deserving a bullet in the spine.

    Conversely, we may get to see with pride how many Patriot cops we have. We may get to see whether the American

    People are willing to kill and die for The Constitution, or whether they will lie down like sheep.

    These are perilous times.

    Μολὼν λαβέ

  12. Ryan Waxx on 23/23/13 at 4:53 pm

    M-14 enthusiasts aside, no one uses a frigging clip anymore. There is no logical reason to preserve a distinction, only the preening of a small group of people who feel that using the “right” word makes them special.

    I knew what he meant by “clip”. You know what he meant by “clip”. Knowing what a person means is the end goal of language.

    Get over yourselves already.

  13. Rick on 23/23/13 at 9:59 pm

    “We urge the citizens of New York State to remember that troopers are simply tasked with the lawful mandate to enforce the laws of the state, regardless of their personal opinion of such laws.”

    “Only following orders…”

  14. shovelDriver on 24/24/13 at 9:40 am

    “. . . remember that troopers are simply tasked with the lawful mandate to enforce the laws of the state, regardless of their personal opinion of such laws.”

    Oh, really? Well, let’s not forget that ignorance of the law is no excuse and law enforcers, as professionals, are deemed to know the law, which is:

    It is elementary law that every statute is to be read in the light of THE CONSTITUTION. However broad and general its language, it CANNOT be interpreted as extending beyond those matters which it was within the constitutional power of the legislature to reach.
    [McCullough v.Virginia, 172 U.S. 102 (1898)] http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/scripts/getcase.pl?court=us&vol=172&invol=102

  15. An Halibut on 24/24/13 at 11:43 am

    The butterfly clips in your long hippie hair are uneven John and Ryan. Stick to picking tiny flowers in the rainbow forest, not giving lectures about nomenclature you don’t understand. Clip and magazine are perfectly viable firearm terms in proper common use. An en bloc clip of 8 rounds is inserted into the internal magazine of the Rifle caliber .30, M1. A clip of 10 rounds is used to load 30 round AR magazines along with a loading guide. But thanks, for playing sweetheart.

  16. Jeff S. on 24/24/13 at 3:35 pm

    I don’t see that message as the NYSP distancing themselves from Cuomo’s SAFE act because they disagree with it, but because they somehow think that they can head off resentment or being targeted for being the ones who will enforce it.

    NYSP is *going* to enforce it. They just don’t want people to take it personally when some poor, poor Trooper is the one to bring tyranny to some otherwise law-abiding New Yorker’s door.

    Remember what Bruce Banner used to say on The Incredible Hulk: “Don’t make me angry. You won’t like me when I’m angry.”

    Don’t make me a criminal. You won’t like me when I’m a criminal.

  17. rumcrook™ on 24/24/13 at 3:43 pm

    the two best comments on gthe thread…

    PersonFromPorlock on 23/23/13 at 2:30 pm

    The problem with police who “only enforce the law” is that when the law tells them to round up the Jews, they round up the Jews.
    Jeff S. on 24/24/13 at 3:35 pm
    Don’t make me a criminal. You won’t like me when I’m a criminal.