State Police Issue Field Guide to Help Officers Enforce Safe Act
State Police have issued a field guide for its troopers and other law enforcement on how to handle New York’s controversial gun-control law.
The 20-page guide, quietly issued last month, notes that police officers have been concerned about enforcing the SAFE Act, which was championed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and passed by the Legislature last January.
Police officers and the state Sheriff’s Association have questioned the constitutionality of the SAFE Act, which requires police to confiscate guns from people who do not properly register them. The Sheriff’s Association has joined a lawsuit seeking to overturn the law, and a number of large rallies have been held at the Capitol seeking to have the law repealed.
The law lowers the limit of bullets allowed in a magazine from 10 to seven, requires new registrations for weapons and expands the ban on assault weapons. Gun owners could face criminal charges if they don’t follow the law.
The guide notes that the seven-bullet limit should only be investigated by police if there is an indication of a criminal offense.
Cuomo has urged police to follow the law and to not arbitrarily enforce it.