New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, then-Housing and Urban Development secretary left, gets ready for a pheasant hunt in Savannah, N.Y., as New York assemblymen Dick Smith, center, of Buffalo, N.Y., and Michael Bragman, right, of Cicero, N.Y., stand with him. (AP)
Empire state politicians gauge gun registration deadlines come and gone and enforcement of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s landmark gun control law they say is unconstitutional and may cost him re-election.
“New Yorkers are blind to how many people registered their ‘assault weapons’ by the April 15 deadline,” said William R. “Bill” Nojay (R.-Pittsford) state assemblyman representing parts of Monroe and Steuben County and all of Livingston County in Western, New York.
State Sen. Lee M. Zeldin (R.-Shirley) who represents parts of Suffolk County, in Eastern Long Island said the only registration numbers available are anecdotal. “The people who have been speaking-out the most with regard to registration are saying they are refusing to comply.”
Nojay said county sheriffs and rank-and-file state troopers have related to him that they will not take affirmative action to enforce the SAFE Act except when it is an add-on or pile-on charge to a crime in commission.
“But that can change on a dime by order of the governor to the troopers,” he continued. “We do not think that will happen until 2014 – Cuomo needs to get through this election cycle.”
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