Area Sheriffs Slam SAFE Act

By Matt Hicks

Area Sheriffs Slam SAFE Act

January 19, 2013 Updated Jan 19, 2013 at 3:12 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Even before it was approved and signed into law Tuesday, New York's new gun law stirred up controversy.

Now, some area law enforcement officials are joining the debate.

Schuyler County Sheriff Bill Yessman took to his sheriff's office's Facebook page Friday on the issue, saying he feels the bill was rushed through without enough time for rebuttal or discussion.

Although he agrees with some of the provisions, such as the penalties for killing first responders, he expressed concern this could be the new "norm" for passing laws in Albany.

Meanwhile, the state is facing much harsher criticism from Steuben County Sheriff David V. Cole.

In a release to the media Friday, he said violence is usually carried out with weapons that are already illegal.

"These laws will now make it so thousands and thousands of law abiding citizens -- who go to work, pay their taxes, and (are) concerned about their children's future -- will now (be) considered criminals if they choose to stand up for their Second Amendment rights," said Cole.

Cole is also calling for a review on violent video games and movies, along with the implementation of programs for gun safety and armed school resource officers.