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Madison County sheriff offers opinion of new NYS gun law

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

3) Reduction of magazine capacity will not reduce gun violence. This will unfairly limit the ability of law-abiding citizens to purchase firearms in New York state.

4) Recertification of pistol permits and registration of existing assault weapons has been delegated to the state police. This conflicts with the duties of the sheriffs’ office regarding the issuance of pistol permits. These records should be maintained at a local level and should be accessible to the sheriffs’ office. The sheriff’s office has always been responsible for the initial investigation of pistol permit applications and pistol permit records. All of this information should be maintained at the local level and forwarded to a state data base for law enforcement use.

5) Sale of ammunition needs to be clarified. As sheriff of Madison County, I have taken an oath of office to uphold the constitution of the state of New York and the Constitution of United States. The NY Safe Act, as recently passed, requires me to reaffirm the oath I swore to uphold; I understand my Constitutional obligations and the concerns of my constituents.

This office will continue to enforce all laws of New York state and will protect the rights of all Madison County citizens. The safety and well-being of our community will remain my top priority.

ALLEN RILEY

MADISON COUNTY SHERIFF

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