In rushing through a new gun law in New York making illegal high capacity magazines, the legislature failed to exempt the police.

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Idiots: In rushing through a new gun law in New York making illegal high capacity magazines, the legislature failed to exempt the police.

On Tuesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the sweeping gun measure, the nation’s toughest. It includes a ban on the possession of high-capacity magazines. Specifically, magazines with more than 7 rounds will be illegal under the new law. The problem as the statute is currently written does NOT exempt law enforcement officers. 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.

If only more lawmakers had the brains of State Senator Greg Ball of New York, who voted against the law. His very cogent comments during the legislative session are embedded below. It is short, and worth watching.



  • JGL

    The governor makes a great sound byte and he sites that “no one needs 10 bullets to kill a deer” but fails to logically connect the second

    amendment with that statement, because there is no connection between the second amendment and the hunting of deer.

    When will the people become tired of being managed by their representatives like a parent would mange children ?

    In adddition this bill was kept secret in order says the governor to not set off a run on guns in the state and by the way

    he has short circuted the public discussion of this law that manages the public.

  • Chris L

    Before this story came out, I had wondered if the NY legislature understood that most law enforcement officers typically carry weapons with magazines that hold 10 rounds (or more) these days. Apparently the answer is no, they didn’t. We are in the best of hands.

  • There is a long way down from the like of Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson to Governor Cuomo. Obviously the idiot is running for President in 2016 and will do anything to put himself at the top of the progressives’ list of candidates.

    No reasoned, thoughtful response to the Sandy Hook massacre would serve the Governor’s political aims — it would take too much time. Demagoguery.

    Sadly, New Yorkers will be no safer, as a result.

  • D. K. Williams

    This is the same political hack that played a role in the housing bubble and subsequent economic disaster.

  • Pzatchok

    How could you forget law enforcement and your own security personnel?

    Laws should be written with all sides having input into the discussion. That way at least one person might remember the little details like cops need mags. An open discussion on the proposed law also lets emotion have some time to die down and turn more towards logical thought.

    Emotion can start the discussion on a new law but it needs to be replaced with logic. I would love to see a law passed that forces the legislature to take 90 days before voting on a law just proposed.

    What are you going to do about all the mags that are already in the state?

    It is like these idiots just do not understand. Trying to stop the private trade of items already inside the state is impossible. Its like trying to stop moon-shining in Appalachia.

    The people want the items and will find a way to get them. Making them a criminal for having them just makes then resent the government that is classifying them as criminals now.

  • Kelly Starks

    The “Assault STYLE weapons” laws were always so stupid that you wondered if the politicians were so stupid they didn’t know what they were doing – or so focused on the PR value they didn’t care.
    …looking like stupid is winning.

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