As reported by ABC’s New York affiliate, New York legislators failed to exempt police from their idiotic ban on magazines that can hold more than seven bullets (effectively banning the majority of magazines currently produced):
As the statute is currently written, it does not exempt law enforcement officers. Nearly every law enforcement agency in the state carries hand guns that have a 15 round capacity.
A spokesman for the governor’s office called Eyewitness News to say, “We are still working out some details of the law and the exemption will be included, currently no police officer is in violation.”
The Patrolman’s Benevolent Association President released a statement saying, “The PBA is actively working to enact changes to this law that will provide the appropriate exemptions from the law for active and retired law enforcement officers.”
State Senator Eric Adams, a former NYPD Captain, told us he’s going to push for an amendment next week to exempt police officers from the high-capacity magazine ban. In his words, “You can’t give more ammo to the criminals”
There are three major problems with this hilarious turn of events. First, it’s obvious this legislation was ramrodded through to take advantage of an emotional wave. Nothing else explains how such a fundamental oversight made it into the final bill.
Second: although the legislators assert an exemption must be passed, not one has bother to justify such an exemption. Weren’t these same legislators just telling us that magazines that can hold more than seven rounds have no legitimate purpose? If they have no legitimate purpose, there’s no reason the police should have them.
Third: the legislation further establishes that there are two sets of rules. If you serve as a beat cop for a while, then retire, you’ll be allowed to have firearms the lawyer, engineer, or doctor down the street would be prosecuted for owning. Even if you can justify allowing police to carry otherwise illegal weapons while on duty, this does not justify allowing police to maintain such weapons after clock out for the day or retire.
It’s apparent New York no longer believes in the fundamental principle of equality before the law. By amending the law to exempt retired or off duty police, New York legislators admit some people are more equal than others.