The state Sheriffs’ Association and several sheriffs this week filed a brief in support of a federal lawsuit by the state Rifle and Pistol Association to toss New York’s gun-control law passed in January.
“Some of the arguments contained in the brief are that the law impinges upon the 2nd Amendment to a degree that renders it unconstitutional, that the law is fatally vague, and that the law does not provide sufficient guidance to law enforcement,” the group said in a statement on its website.
“Sheriffs have been steadfast in their view that although there are some beneficial portions of the SAFE Act, many of its provisions are unworkable or unconstitutional.”
The Rifle and Pistol Association filed a lawsuit in late March against the SAFE Act, saying it is unconstitutional. A separate group of gun-rights advocates had sought an injunction to block the law; it was denied in March.
“Thankfully, the SAFE Act contains a severability clause which would allow those constitutional and beneficial portions of the act to survive a legal challenge, while at the same time striking down those portions found to be unconstitutional,” the statement says.
The sheriffs who signed on to the brief include those from Erie, Oswego, Putnam and Fulton counties.