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List of Sheriffs opposing SAFE Act growing
ALBANY -- A handful of the state's 62 top county law officials say they won't enforce the state's gun law.
Saratoga County Sheriff Candidate, Jeff Gildersleeve, was the most recent to publicly say he would not enforce the state's gun law known as the SAFE Act. Gildersleeve joins a list of at least five other current sheriff's who feel the same way.
The first to take a stance was Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard. Since then sheriff's in Schoharie, Orleans, Wyoming, and Genesee Counties have been put on record saying they will not "actively" enforce the SAFE Act.
Thomas Mitchell of the New York State Sheriff's Association says they encourage all members to enforce all laws. There is a difference between actively enforcing laws and only pursuing cases that come across the desk, Mitchell said.
Albany County Sheriff, Craig Apple, says he is opposed to the state's gun law. However, Apple says he will enforce the law because if not it could "open a can of worms".
"You are looking at a situation if you told your men not to enforce the law and they make an arrest and bring that person in and the supervisor says 'No you got to let him go' you got a false arrest situation," said Apple.
"You got civil liability. It is a lot of exposure out there. The laws are there for a reason I just feel we should follow them."
Apple says there has been no such cases of people breaking the state's new law since it was adopted in January.
"I understand there are other people that disagree with it but it's a law and as long as it is a law I feel it is my duty to enforce it," Apple added.