23 January 2013 by Joseph Spector in Other - 26 Comments
The New York State Association of Chiefs of Police said today that it’s “hopeful” the new gun-control laws approved last week “will be an additional step toward helping to protect the citizens of New York State, while still respecting the rights of hunters and sportsmen.” The statement comes as some sheriffs are concerned about the new law, saying it could violate the Second Amendment.
The chiefs, however, are taking a more positive tone toward the law, which enacts a tougher assault-weapon ban and lower the limit on magazines on bullets from 10 to seven.
“We also hope that this legislation, as administered, will allow for the speedy processing of legal gun registration but also keep guns out of the wrong hands,” the chiefs said. “These new laws will provide our members in law enforcement with additional tools they need by raising penalties for killing a first responder, closing the private sale loophole and allowing for more thorough background checks of those who disqualify – specifically, the mentally ill.”
The statement continued, “We believe that strengthening Kendra’s Law will result in keeping our officers and the public safe. Our goals for all New Yorkers are the same – to protect and serve, to save lives, and stop the violence.”
David Hench Source: Portland Press Herald, Maine
Created: April 10, 2013 Three current and former police chiefs from Maine were in the nation's capital on Tuesday making their case for stronger gun laws.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Three current and former police chiefs from Maine were in the nation's capital on Tuesday making their case for stronger gun laws as the White House and advocacy groups attempted to ratchet up pressure on Congress to vote on several proposals.
Portland Police Chief Michael Sauschuck, Auburn Chief Phillip Crowell Jr. and former Lewiston Chief Larry Gilbert joined law enforcement officers from across the country who made rounds on Capitol Hill.
They also attended an impassioned and, at times, angry speech by Vice President Joe Biden, who called Republican threats to filibuster a gun control package "embarrassing" and suggested opponents of the gun bills were "in a time warp."
"I thought he did an incredible job," Sauschuck said after Biden's speech. "It really struck home."
DeKalb police chief to join Biden on gun roundtable
By April Hunt
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
DeKalb County’s new police chief will appear on national television Thursday with Vice President Joe Biden to talk about gun safety efforts at the federal level.
Cedric Alexander joined a survivor of the Virginia Tech shooting, a certified firearms instructor and a gun industry lobbyist in the discussion with Biden for MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program.
Alexander, who began working as police chief in Georgia’s third-biggest county on April 1, said it was his law enforcement background that led him to back gun control advocates’ push for background checks — “low-hanging fruit we should all agree can and should be done” — and support the safety training advocated by gun rights groups. “Ninety-nine percent of gun owners are responsible,” he told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in an interview.
I think the co-sponsored background check bill that we are now seeing is OK. When they were first proposing "background checks" it was actually gun registration which has historically been a big no-no. But this new bill specifically states that's not the case. Here in Illinois we have the FOID system, i see this new bill being a lot like that.
Who knows if they are going to amend it into oblivion...
Will someone please explain to me how banning mags with "X" capacity...banning SO CALLED "assault weapons"...mandating background checks...or implementing any other additional infringements on law abiding people is going to change what loons and crooks do? Please? Anybody???
If an outright BAN on any and all firearms in a given area ("gun-free zone" laws) completely and totally FAILED to prevent Columbine, Sandy Hook, or you name whatever other mass murder you'd care to mention - WHY would any sane person think passing MORE LAWS that only law-abiding people are going to obey will prevent crooks and loons from committing future gun incidents? WHY would/should anyone believe that?
I'm going to point out something that needs to be considered regarding police supporting political viewpoints... In most cases, the police (chiefs) who publicly support antigun politicians are APPOINTED by those politicians. They are being told how to stand. This was even brought to light by a MD senator during testimony in Annapolis. Whereas sheriffs are ELECTED by the people. This why many sheriffs are saying that they will not enforce unconstitutional laws. In addition, sheriffs are not permitted to enforce federal laws...and you can thank Obummer for that when he set the precedent when he stopped Arizona law enforcement from enforcing federal immigration law.
And I'm thinking the oaths state they will uphold the constitution. Just like the oaths that every Congressman takes, but yet many voted nay on March 23 on an amendment regarding the UN small arms treaty. By voting nay, they all violated their oath and acted in a treasonous way.
How many Police Chiefs are currently, or imminently considering campaigning for elected office? Any opinions offered by such Cheifs, must be viewed with suspicion.
How many face gun crime on a daily basis, face to face?
Police officers, although sworn, are also citizens with rights and consience. Should an officer feel that the Law he swore to uphold has been chnaged to such a degree that they can no longer uphold it, they should be pensioned with full benefit, not sacked, surely? I thought the USA was a democratic society with a Consitution in place to protect All people. Or Jim, is the Police Department, simply an organised mob of government enforcers???
Actually Bloomdickhead and the rest of the NY legislation screwed up by limiting magazine capacity to seven. First they did not exempt police or military and second, they did not research to see if seven round magazines were available. They are in the process of changing the law to 10 rounds because all of the manufacturers said, "phuck you, we're not making them."