Guest column: SAFE-ACT has serious flaws, won’t work in the long run

My opinion of the New York Safe Ammunition and Firearms Act (SAFE-ACT) is as follows:

Lawmakers feel desperate to do something in the wake of violence in American schools and American society in general. I get it. The next time something horrible happens in an American school or workplace, the lawmakers can say they were trying, we have a new law and it will help. It’s not that their hearts are in the wrong place, they have children and families they worry about, too. It’s their reasoning and intellect that is not in the right place.

Forget the Constitution for now, we can argue that forever. Hundreds of people have asked me about the SAFE-ACT during my campaign. I’m getting emails from citizens about the constitution that are great arguments; however, that’s not how we can turn this around quickly. As sheriff, I will put in two new units quickly. One for senior citizen abuse and fraud, and one for neighborhood drug dealers and bullies. Think about this, who else in our society is more vulnerable than our children and elderly?

OK, now, how will the SAFE-ACT really keep our most vulnerable safe? Think about this, this law is designed to save lives and keep us safe with all of its new rules and regulations under the law. Let’s look at some examples. There are bank robberies committed every day across America. Is the criminal who commits the next bank robbery in the state of New York going to make sure he has the correct amount of bullets in his magazine under the SAFE-ACT or is he going to do what he did before the law was passed and continue to commit crimes? I’m not trying to be funny here, I’m trying to indicate how foolish this is.

Is the gun collector, target shooter, hunter or average Joe who is protecting his home going to follow the law? Yes. Now, let’s say someone breaks into the gun collector’s home and steals some of his weapons, this crime happens every day. They steal a handgun and something that can now be considered an assault weapon. Is that criminal going to register this transfer (theft) of this weapon with the state police? Obviously not. How about the hunter who has an expensive gun collection, like my father had? Is the thief who can fence these expensive weapons for a lot of money going to register and report them before the sale to another criminal? No.

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