With the April 15 deadline for gun registration under the SAFE Act fast approaching, estimates indicate over 90 percent of gun owners have yet to comply.
Making matters worse for elected officials--and Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) in particular--is the fact that many law enforcement officers at various levels have openly stated that they will not enforce SAFE Act requirements.
Imagine that at a press conference: "Governor, how do the State Police feel about being ordered to jail people for this? Especially since so many sheriffs will not cooperate? And how many people are you willing to see in prison for this?"
Nice followup: "Has it been considered that if the State Police, and any sheriffs who are willing to enforce SAFE act, raid houses that someone is get going to get killed?"
In January of this year The Oneida Daily Dispatch
reported that Assemblyman Bill Nojay (R-Pittsford) suggested that law
enforcement is not going to be eager to go after those who refuse to
comply: "The rank and file troopers don't want anything to do with it.
[And] I don't know of a single sheriff upstate who is going to enforce
Nojay continued: "If you don't have the troopers and you don't have
the sheriffs, who have you got? You've got Andrew Cuomo pounding on the
table in Albany."
Wonder how the brass in the State Police are thinking about this? There's always some people who'll do anything as long as they have orders to cover their ass; there's also a bunch of guys who A: don't think this is a good idea and B: wonder how they'll do if most of the local population is pissed at them for putting Mr. James and Ms. Jones in jail for not registering the gun they've owned for years.