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Gun rights activist Richard Mack (L) and Clinton County Sheriff David Favro (R) at a press conference earlier this summer in Plattsburgh, opposing the New York SAFE Act. Photo: Brian Mann
Gun rights activist Richard Mack (L) and Clinton County Sheriff David Favro (R) at a press conference earlier this summer in Plattsburgh, opposing the New York SAFE Act. Photo: Brian Mann

Cuomo: sheriffs can't pick and choose among laws

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo says law enforcement officials don't get to pick and choose which laws to enforce.

Speaking yesterday in Ausable Forks, Cuomo said that includes county sheriffs who've publicly opposed the state's new gun control measure.

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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

“It’s not really up to law enforcement to pick and choose what laws they like and laws they don’t like. Otherwise it would be chaos,” Cuomo said.  

“The law is the law. It’s not their job to pick and choose, and that obviously would be a dangerous and frightening precedent. Enforce all the laws,” he said. “that’s their job.”

In January,  Cuomo's office pushed through one of the most restrictive gun laws in the country. It bans sales of some popular semi-automatic rifles and ammunition,  and gives gun owners in New York  a year to register those they already own.

 The New York State Sheriffs' Association and five individual sheriffs have joined a lawsuit that seeks to block enforcement of sections of the new law.    

The issue has become a flash point in the sheriff’s race in Saratoga County. 

  One of the candidates — Warren County investigator Jeff Gildersleeve — says he won't "actively enforce" the SAFE act if he's elected.

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