Sheriff Todd responds to new gun law

by Carol Thompson

“What is it?” Oswego County Sheriff Reuel “Moe” Todd asked when how he felt about the new gun control legislation signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo just after 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Todd, as with other sheriffs around the state, are baffled by the vagueness of the law and what it will mean for their departments.

“Nobody seems to know exactly what this (law) means,” he said.

Citing one section of the law that refers to semi-automatic weapons, but not the clips, Todd asked, “Can you sell the clips that you have?”

New York State passed the toughest gun control law in the nation. State lawmakers passed the law just two days after Cuomo issued an order suspending the three-day public review period.

Todd said as far as he is aware, the law does not address how residents will register with the police.

The sheriff noted it could be one more cost passed down from the state onto local governments.

“Is that just going to be one more thing that we get shoved at us that we have to pay for?” he asked. “That’s going to be a lot of work.”

Todd said state representatives passed the legislation without seeking opinions of those they should.

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