Cuomo to State Sheriffs: Shut Up About Gun Law or Risk Termination
May 21, 2013  //  By:   //  Andrew Cuomo, Gun Control, New York  //  83 Comments   //   7901 Views

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What many had assumed would be a meeting regarding New York State Sheriffs’ Association concerns about New York’s strict new gun laws, turned into a verbal scolding from the Governor which included the threat of some people’s jobs if they didn’t toe the line and shut up about the SAFE Act.

Via the Times Union:

The sheriffs thought they were being summoned to the Capitol to discuss ideas for changes to New York’s gun control law, the SAFE Act. Instead, Gov. Andrew Cuomo told them to keep quiet.Opposition to the new law has simmered in upstate areas since Cuomo signed the law in January. Many county sheriffs oppose it, particularly its expanded definition of banned assault weapons, and have spoken out around the state. In January, the New York State Sheriffs’ Association wrote Cuomo with an analysis, and later suggested tweaks.

Cuomo invited its leaders to the Capitol last month, people briefed on the meeting said.

Rather than discuss the merits of the letter, Cuomo asked those in attendance to stop publicly discussing opposition to the SAFE Act.

One individual briefed on the meeting claimed that Cuomo had threatened to remove some sheriffs from office.

What has raised the ire of the Governor is a lawsuit the Association has joined in, challenging the Constitutionality of the SAFE Act.

Via Empire State News:

The New York State Sheriffs’ Association has  joined as amicus curiae in a lawsuit brought by the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association challenging the constitutionality of several provisions of SAFE Act. Sheriff Maciol has been a member of the NYS Sheriff’s Association since taking office as Sheriff in 2011, serves on many of their committees, and is currently serving as the association’s Sergeant at Arms.

The amicus brief will support the main suit by setting forth legal arguments against the SAFE Act specifically from the view of law enforcement.  Some of the arguments contained in the brief are that the law impinges upon the 2nd Amendment to a degree that renders it unconstitutional, that the law is fatally vague, and that the law does not provide sufficient guidance to law enforcement.

Much as he did when ramming the gun legislation through in January by avoiding a three-day public screening, Governor Cuomo is simply trying to silence opposition.

Silencing opposition is a good way to flesh out one’s Democrat credentials for national office, no doubt.  If his presidential aspirations fall through, there may be a position available for Cuomo at the IRS.

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Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker, FoxNews.com, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

83 Comments to “Cuomo to State Sheriffs: Shut Up About Gun Law or Risk Termination”
  • Jim Thornhill
    May 21, 2013 - Reply

    Cuomo is a jerk the sheriffs are elected by their counties so he can’t tell them what tod only the people that elected them

  • William
    May 21, 2013 - Reply

    Another petty little dictator.
    If Obama had a white brother…

    • Joe Mclamb
      May 21, 2013 - Reply

      He would look just like Queermo…

    • HLain
      June 19, 2013 - Reply

      Your comment makes no sense whatsoever.

  • Joan
    May 21, 2013 - Reply

    Are kidding me? Am I the only one who is so sick and tired of the democrats and liberals?

    • Karen Adams
      May 21, 2013 - Reply

      No Joan, the line is very long.

    • Rich Kolasa
      May 21, 2013 - Reply

      This country is GARBAGE! Republicans pass a law that makes sense (AZ immigration for instance, and some scumbag Judge overturns it in a minute. Demorats pass insane, unConstitutional laws and they stand. Where’ Joe Arpaio when you need him!

      • James Graham
        May 21, 2013 - Reply

        Our original Constitution was simple and made sense, that is why liberals cannot understand it.

      • Defiant
        May 23, 2013 - Reply

        Sadly, though Joe DOES have a history of doing the right thing…he seems to be totally spinning his wheels with his Obama investigation. I was excited that he was on the case, when I first heard…but aside from some empty promises at news conferences…the good Sheriff Joe doesn’t really seem to have made any difference in the situation…

        • Uncle Arty
          May 28, 2013 - Reply

          yeah he was so intent on Obama he let several hundred rape cases go uninvestigated, then promoted the lying bitch that signed off on them. Yeah a real fucking role model for civil liberties

          • HLain
            June 19, 2013 -

            I guess we could go with the liberal role modes, Barry Obama who has never opened his mouth without lying, Joe Biden, who has never opened his mouth without sticking his foot in it, Nancy Pelosi who can’t open her mouth without talking to the voters like they are inferior beings and waving her hands around like a fucking bat and its wings, or any number of gays who can’t open their mouth without sticking a penis in it. The ILLEGAL aliens don’t have any civil or personal liberties. They are ILLEGAL which makes them CRIMINALS. If you like Mexicans so well I suggest you sneak into Mexico. See how well you are treated there as an illegal.

      • Uncle Arty
        May 28, 2013 - Reply

        Joe Arpaio is not a champion of the constitution and he doesn’t give a rats ass about civil and person liberties. And you wouldn’t be all over his jock if he profiled conservatives like he does Mexicans, and his political adversaries

    • Defiant
      May 23, 2013 - Reply

      NO!

    • sirizadik
      May 24, 2013 - Reply

      Are you the only one? Read the comments. I would guess you are one of many who are.

  • Kile
    May 21, 2013 - Reply

    I didn’t realize a state governor had the authority to fire a county elected official. Is that some sort of messed up NY law?

    • Defiant
      May 23, 2013 - Reply

      No, it isn’t, Kile (though there are a LOT of messed up NY laws). Sadly, Obama has created a country in which Democrat leaders can openly flout the laws that protect our liberty with NO consequences. If Cuomo had his minions arrest one of our county sheriffs there would be outrage, and an “investigation,” and then some stonewalling, and then it would go away. Some of us would still make noise about it…just like we are here, regarding this asinine and unconstitutuional gun law. But like this gun law…regardless of its illegality, it would stand…

  • Richard Lemire
    May 21, 2013 - Reply

    OOOOOOO The Nanny Tyrant speaks. Hey coumo why don’t you STFU?

  • Dennis Wagner
    May 21, 2013 - Reply

    Too bad the people can’t/won’t terminate Cuomo

  • Barry Takacss
    May 21, 2013 - Reply

    hope they stand up to him

    • GenEarly
      May 24, 2013 - Reply

      “They” is “US” ,all power resides in the people and as written in the State and US Constitutions. We elect Sheriffs to follow the Constitution, not majorities who try to vote our rights away. Do not obey.Resist or succumb, the choice is yours, personally.

  • scotfahey
    May 21, 2013 - Reply

    Sheriffs are elected. Gov. Andrew Cuomo was elected

    I look forward to the day the Sheriffs arrest Gov. Andrew Cuomo

    • patriot2
      May 22, 2013 - Reply

      I look forward to the day when cuomo shares a cell next to obama.until dawn only.

    • Eileen Kuch
      May 23, 2013 - Reply

      Sheriffs, indeed, are elected; and Governor Andrew Cuomo was elected. However, since Sheriffs are elected, Cuomo has NO right to terminate them. They are answerable to their constituencies, not to the Governor. Only those officials who are appointed by the Governor are answerable to him/her.

      So, Cuomo can shout and threaten all he wants; but, when it comes to the County Sheriffs in his state, he’s totally impotent; as, only the voters can remove an elected official (Sheriff).

  • Robert Elliott
    May 21, 2013 - Reply

    will I left that state for Fl and away from all that liberal power control NY has turned into

  • Free2Ride
    May 21, 2013 - Reply

    Wake up people the democrats have declared war upon you!!!!

  • James Graham
    May 21, 2013 - Reply

    The last thing any one with dictatorial ideas will tolerate is “self thinking ones with the conviction to publicly speak those objections”. A liar never wants his lies made public.

  • Bud Nelson
    May 21, 2013 - Reply

    Just as from the start, Cuomo is running for president, if Obama will abdicate. Chastising the constabulary, threatening their positions, is simply to demonstrate that he has total control. Controlling people is an absolute requirement for a liberal/socialist to continue the bloodline in DC.

    • Lindarosemary
      May 27, 2013 - Reply

      Bud, he doesn’t have total control; he just thinks he does lol

  • Dawn J Benko
    May 21, 2013 - Reply

    Does the Gov have the power to remove Sheriff’s? In Jersey, they’re elected officials.

    • Lindarosemary
      May 27, 2013 - Reply

      Dawn hi, NO HE DOES NOT.

  • Charlotte Powell
    May 22, 2013 - Reply

    This governor thinks he’s special like Obombus. Socialist pig!

  • trixiewoobeans
    May 22, 2013 - Reply

    What is WRONG with these people?? Talk about god complexes! They all need Eric Cartman (South Park) mirrored sunglasses and hats so they can strut around yelling, “Respect My Authorit-ah!”

    • LebekJohnson
      May 23, 2013 - Reply

      Urban dwellers. – Too many people crammed together in one place messes with ones mind.

  • ehc45
    May 22, 2013 - Reply

    Who the HELL is Cuomo to tell anyone to shut up! It is still a free country with FREE SPEECH and a SECOND AMENDMENT, Read it putz!

  • Klaus Carr
    May 22, 2013 - Reply

    I hope that no matter where Cuomo travels Every single sheriff and sheriff deputy is on the lookout for him in order to lock him up for any and every minor violation. And should Cuomo ever need assistance, these sheriffs and their departments are somehow “unavoidably delayed” in responding.

    • Defiant
      May 23, 2013 - Reply

      I agree with you Klaus, but the sheriffs just don’t seem equal to the task. Like the WHOLE Republican party, they say the right things now and again, and they have big plans, but they don’t seem to actually ever accomplish anything. Sad. They still have my support, in the spirit of hope, but not my confidence…

  • Babyboomer1945
    May 22, 2013 - Reply

    I was fortunate to have known a sheriff who was of a particularly independent mind who had posted a hand written sheet of paper on the wall behind the dispatcher that said “shit list.” Several names were written on it and when a pretentious state official came in and spotted it told the sheriff he couldn’t do that, the sheriff took down the list and wrote the name of the state official at the top of the list and put it back on the wall! The state official left in a huff….

  • justathought22
    May 22, 2013 - Reply

    Just another little napolean dictator who is ordering his peons to stop questioning the king.

  • Fred Matsch
    May 22, 2013 - Reply

    how come every time I click to like something it jumps 2 numbers?

    • Defiant
      May 23, 2013 - Reply

      Are you a Democrat? I understand that’s how voting machines work for them all the time!

  • Frank Champagne
    May 22, 2013 - Reply

    It seems that Comrade Cuomo cannot discuss this matter rationally and has no statistical or reasonable facts to back up his position, and therefore resorts to threats and force. True to form for a devout socialist.

  • Rlee Emerysgt
    May 22, 2013 - Reply

    There is a bit of weasel language within the NY constitution..then there are the rest of the details…

    ARTICLE XIII Public Officers

    [Removal from office for misconduct]

    §5. Provision shall be made by law for the removal for misconduct or malversation in office of all officers, except judicial, whose powers and duties are not local or legislative and who shall be elected at general elections, and also for supplying vacancies created by such removal. (Formerly §7 of Art. 10. Renumbered by Constitutional Convention of 1938 and approved by vote of the people November 8, 1938. Formerly §10, renumbered §5 without change by amendment approved by vote of the people November 6, 1962; former §5 repealed by same amendment.)

    So what is the inferred definition of misbehavior about, drum roll please…

    1: misbehavior and especially corruption in an office, trust, or commission
    2 : corrupt administration

    So explain again what CORRUPTION there is, oh thats right, there isnt any corruption, this article infers dissent against an unjust law is ILLEGAL,hmmmm.

    So in reality, poor Coumo is going to have a VERY hard time convincing a judge that his VIOLATING legislative procedure to begin with, puts him in an awkward position of defending a law, that was implemented unconstitutionally.

    Oh wait, here is the following facts, again from their own state constitution!

    §8. Every citizen may freely speak, write and publish his or her sentiments on all subjects, being responsible for the abuse of that right; and no law shall be passed to restrain or abridge the liberty of speech or of the press
    §9. 1. No law shall be passed abridging the rights of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government,

    Wow, so in fact, the sheriffs had EVERY right to file and support the law suit to repeal the unjust law.

    Of course then again, one doesnt have to state they are refusing to enforce it, as unfunded mandates are by default unenforceable, which means the sheriffs wouldnt be violating the law if they couldnt AFFORD to enforce them, LOL.

    Such is the way of PROCEDURAL DISOBEDIENCE.

    But hey, the governor did find money to create the registration adatbase, he defunded the $28 mil cancer support programs for children & women, how caring of Coumo eh?

    By the way, how many violent crimes did the CoBIS registration database solve when it was in operation between 1997-2012, drum roll please……………………….NONE, ZERO, NADA, BUPKUS, NYET….!

    • Aonline Commenter
      May 23, 2013 - Reply

      You left out Section 13: The governor may remove any elective sheriff, county clerk, district attorney or register within the term for which he or she shall have been elected; but before so doing the governor shall give to such officer a copy of the charges against him or her and an opportunity of being heard in his or her defense.

      And there is not provision for needing to find this specific set of officers guilty of the charges. It’s only presumed that the governor would be civil if the defense is appropriate.

      • Lindarosemary
        May 27, 2013 - Reply

        BAD JUJU

  • VideoZu Crue
    May 23, 2013 - Reply

    Hey Gov. Cummhole, YOU SHUT UP about gun control!
    YOU SHUT UP about firing law-abiding sheriffs!
    YOU SHUT UP….you need to be recalled immediately!
    You should be in jail as a traitor to the Constitutional Laws of this great country.
    You are a Communist.

    You benefited from the Freedoms of the American Constitution when, your lazy-ass was growing up, remember? You lived in a free society? You had privilege and education? You didn’t hear anything about gun control when you were a child, did you? Seems like now, you like crime to be expanding, by not letting law-abiding citizens protect themselves!

    Funny how NOW guns have become such a “hot topic” among people of your kind? Really funny how your type has banded together to show, “how much you care about the common man”. You could care less about “Public Safety.” You want to keep the crimminal running free. You get to spend more money on your buddies in the Legal System! I see a man who is not a real man but, a girly man.

    Real men don’t act like girly men.

    Democrats have become the new American, “Communists Party.”
    Boy, all it took was less than a generation of anti-Constitutionalists Democrats to bend everything to the Stalin and Hitler way of doing things….who would guessed?

  • John Burton
    May 23, 2013 - Reply

    he’s the son of a former politician. what did you expect?

  • Badger Badgerism
    May 23, 2013 - Reply

    I look forward to the day “we the people” put all government thugs, local, state and federal under arrest.

  • Defiant
    May 23, 2013 - Reply

    Amazing. The Obama Administration has created a political atmoshphere in which the elected officials who govern us feel absolutely unfettered in openly defying the laws and processes that protect us from their personal and party-specific ambitions. A governer threatening to remove elected officials from office? Unreal. He abuses the whole state in the way that Bloomberg abuses NYC. These men may not rule nations, but they are despots just the same. The sheriffs should have left with that SOB in cuffs.

  • C Bowman
    May 23, 2013 - Reply

    New York State Sheriffs’ Association could squash Cuomo like the cockroach he is IF THEY BANDED TOGETHER on this. Extortion, threats, intimidation …..Cuomo’s Mafia Don act forgets that the local elected officials have the power together to get rid of HIM!

    • Lindarosemary
      May 27, 2013 - Reply

      C. Bowman, EXACTLY!!!!!!!

  • John Hattabaugh
    May 23, 2013 - Reply

    i am not quite sure about new york state, but here in nanny-fornia, the statuate that defines a crime, is based upon the premise that if you commit an offense against the people, you can’t hold public office…with that thought in mind, the very act of arresting sheriffs, whom have sought public office, and have been properly elected by the people of that county cannot be fired by the governor, unless that sheriff has committed a crime…so tell the screaming, bully to shit up a rope, and stand your ground, make it stick…and make HIM commit the crime! petty little tin-pot, despots come and go, but WE still stand!! or constitution, and its ideals are still valid.

  • AravothThrone
    May 23, 2013 - Reply

    Fire Cuomo, fire all of the politicians trying to destroy our freedoms. Get the Communists out of government too.

    • William Anderson
      May 24, 2013 - Reply

      I can see another revolution coming !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • wwj745
    May 23, 2013 - Reply

    Cumo, you ARE NOT ENTITLED to your opinion. Do what I, the mighty dem says or I will fire you.

  • Pyro Rob
    May 23, 2013 - Reply

    It seems Chicago thuggary has moved into NY. Without a doubt, it was this influence that pushed through the gun control laws in CO this spring.

  • Karen Milano Nilsson
    May 23, 2013 - Reply

    Tyranny!!!! This has to stop!!! Opposition???? you mean legal American, freedom of speech!!! My God threatening their jobs, are you kidding me!!!!!

    • Lindarosemary
      May 27, 2013 - Reply

      Yup that’s how liberal leaders work now. Threats and bullying.

  • Edward Maceo Plitt
    May 23, 2013 - Reply

    You deserve and get the stupidity you vote for. However, there are such things called recall votes or the sheriffs could just arrest Cuomo for violating the constitution.

    • Joan
      May 24, 2013 - Reply

      they should ban together and do just that..

  • Proudvietvet58
    May 23, 2013 - Reply

    Cuomo, YOU shut up! The Sheriff’s are ELECTED. YOU HAVE NO POWER NOR RIGHT TO TELL THEM A DAMN THING!!!

    GET BACK IN THE HOLE YOU CRAWLED OUT OF BOY!!!

  • englejkp
    May 23, 2013 - Reply

    Listen to Brother Nathaniel on youtube and you will understand where your governor Cuomo is coming from….

  • Roy Stewart
    May 24, 2013 - Reply

    Is Cuomo just ‘testing the waters’ for Obama, regarding ‘Firing the Sheriffs’, as Sheriffs are Elected, and cannot be ‘fired’!

  • Dennis Young
    May 24, 2013 - Reply

    It is to bad that Leftist politicians from NY’s largest city have been able to force their will on citizens from the rest of the state. Being from Colorado, I guess I will never have to worry about something like that.

    Opps, did I just say that. I must have flashed back the days when Colorado was free.

  • George Kelley
    May 24, 2013 - Reply

    There needs to be a recall election for Cuomo.

  • Mark Caldwell
    May 24, 2013 - Reply

    A collectivist authoritarian degenerate POS.

  • Mary Brown
    May 24, 2013 - Reply

    He has no control over publicly elected sheriffs. He needs to go before NY ideas spread to to many other states.

  • Truthis Thenewhate
    May 25, 2013 - Reply

    You people best shut up and hand in your guns. Your so-called constitution has been null and void since you became 14th amendment citizens. You are all under the corporate structure just like the other chattel property taken from the confederate rebels.
    A “president” whom no one knows who his real name, birth, or other personal information, a private consortium who prints your currency as notes of debt, a federal government run by dual citizens.
    Now GET A CLUE!

  • Lindarosemary
    May 27, 2013 - Reply

    Cuomo is another stupid son of a btich. He better watch out; they out number him. He’s as bad as Bloomie, in that he thinks he’s one of the gods.

  • Uncle Arty
    May 28, 2013 - Reply

    I think we have more right to remove Andrew than Andrew has a right to remove sheriffs elected by the people, as long as those sheriffs stand up for the constitution and the bill of rights the people will stand by them,

  • Uncle Arty
    May 28, 2013 - Reply

    how is most of these half pint wannabe dictators start out as lawyers? What the fuck are they really learning in law school?

  • Bear589
    May 28, 2013 - Reply

    Cuomo is a cloned Bloomberg punk, and just like Bloomberg, with a big mouth who thinks he knows everything. Sooner or later, his mouth will undo him.

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