Saratoga, NY County sheriffs’ deputies union blasts state’s new gun law

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Published on: January 30, 2013

The 105-member Saratoga County sheriffs’ deputies union says new state gun control legislation makes criminals of ordinary citizens.

The group also objects, in a six-page letter to state officials, to how quickly new laws were passed, with no apparent provisions for law enforcement officers.

As written, for example, a new rule that reduces ammunition magazines from 10 rounds to seven would apply to police officers and National Guard members as well.

“I’m sure they’re going to correct it,” said Charles Fuller, Saratoga County Deputy Sheriff’s Police Benevolent Association president. “But if it went through the normal process, they would have caught this.”

The PBA represents Sheriff’s Office road patrol division deputies. Fuller said the letter, dated

Jan. 24, was approved by the union’s executive committee with full support from PBA members.

The letter was sent to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the state Republican Committee and several state senators including Kathleen Marchione, R-Halfmoon, who is trying to get the new law repealed, arguing that it violates the state constitution.

“As a predominantly rural county in upstate New York, the lawful ownership of firearms is and has been a valued tradition enjoyed by many of our citizens,” Fuller said in the letter. “Sadly, the legislation effectively turns countless law-abiding gun owners into criminals for absolutely no reason.”

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