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.”