Local Sheriff taking issue with new gun requirement
BALLSTON SPA, NY (WRGB)--"I don't have the capability, manpower to enforce it. I'm not going to enforce it."
Sheriff Michael Zurlo stuck to his guns about a new mandate taking affect statewide.
State Police want anyone with a pistol permit issued more than four years ago to re-certify, a SAFE Act requirement that could lead to authorities seizing your guns if you don't comply.
Zurlo, says his deputies won't be taking part.
"I'm pro 2nd Amendment, against the Safe Act, and I'll continue to fight for the rights of residents of Saratoga County. "
The longstanding permit process the county's been using for years.
"It's more information that we have and have on file, and the County Clerk has on file, so we're kind of repeating the process all over again," Zurlo said.
Gun stores across the area tell me they're already fielding complaints from gun owners...who already went through the permit process on a county level.
"Basically, what we've done is we've created a beautiful lasagna in this state, and all we're doing is adding another layer. The County's doing all the work, and the state's spending more money to do the same thing that's already been there.," said Craig Serafini of Upstate Guns and Ammo.
The governor's office referred us to state police..who argued, "through re-certification, state records on active pistol/revolver licenses will be accurate and up to date."
Some gun owners actually agree.
"I could see where it could be not a bad thing to re-certify, to keep pistol permits up to date for a lot of people," said Joe Welch Jr.
Still, leaders are worried the measure just adds confusion to a delicate situation.
"At the end of the day, who has final jurisdiction on this? Those are questions that still need to be answered," said Saratoga County Clerk Craig Hayner.
To re-certify online click here.
BALLSTON SPA, NY (WRGB)--Law enforcement refusing to enforce the law.
Saratoga County's top cop takes issue with a new Safe Act requirement taking effect this week, affecting millions of New Yorkers who own a handgun.
CBS6's Cody Holyoke has the story.