NY sheriffs stand up to Gov. Cuomo, join lawsuit against gun laws

Several sheriffs in New York have been vocal in their opposition to the recently passed gun measures known as the SAFE Act, but now they have made it official. After filing a brief earlier last week, the New York State Sheriff’s Association have asked to be added to a federal lawsuit originally filed in Buffalo in March, according to CBS 6 in Albany.

Several sheriffs had been called to Gov. Cuomo’s office last month where sheriffs expected to give suggestions on improving the law. Instead, one of the participants said the governor asked the sheriffs not to oppose the measures, then allegedly threatened to remove them from office if they did. Cuomo’s office “strongly” denied any threats were made.

“The sheriffs had concerns. They had suggestions for modifications to the SAFE Act, so we met to talk to them about their ideas for modifications to the SAFE Act,” Cuomo told WIVB4.

“It’s an unenforceable law. I believe it will ultimately be declared to be unconstitutional,” Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard told WIVB4. He vowed not to enforce the laws from the beginning, putting him at odds with the governor.

Watch the report via WIVB4 here.


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