Otsego County Sheriff Richard Devlin Jr. said the state has largely left sheriffs in the dark on what they are expected to do to enforce the new law. He also said the new limits on the number of rounds that can be placed in magazines and the new definitions for what constitutes an assault weapon will not make New York safer from outlaws who have guns.
“The law-abiding citizen is the one paying the price,” he said.
Peter Kehoe, the executive director of the Sheriffs Association, said the new law failed to exempt law enforcement from the provision restricting the number of rounds in a magazine to seven. He said Cuomo and lawmakers recognize there are defects in the new law, as it applies to active and retired police officers, and it is expected they will modify the statute.
So far, state police have not announced any SAFE Act workshops for Otsego, Chenango, Delaware or Schoharie counties.