New York State senate candidate Rob Rolison recently railed against the unconstitutional SAFE Act at a candidate’s forum, referring to the law as bad policy forged through emotions and politics.
Rolison, who was a police officer for nearly three decades, said that the SAFE Act now makes it illegal for him as a retiree could no longer carry seven rounds in his magazine. He described it as “a slap in the face.”
Rolison also explained that Governor Cuomo’s gun grab took away the rights of both cops and citizens. He added that the bill “criminalizes things against ordinary citizens.”
He finished by stating that the SAFE Act must be repealed.
Here is a transcript (video below):
Nothing’s ever good when you have something happen that’s based on emotion or politics. The SAFE ACT was two things. It was a political act by the governor and others. I’m sure there were some state legislators acting on emotion due to the Newtown tragedy. But the result is bad. The result is you have a bill that was passed with very little review. None of the people who were going to be involved or affected by it were even spoken to about it, and this is where we’re at. And that goes with anything you do in a legislative body when you don’t do things the right way. They didn’t follow their own rules, and that’s the result.
I was a cop for 29 years. I carried a gun for 29 years. And then I find out one day as a retired police officer because of this act, I couldn’t carry, I couldn’t have a magazine with more than seven rounds and all these things, and that was kind of a slap in the face for me. And what got me really going was, here I was an elected official and my brother and sister police officers were completely outraged because they’ve done all these things over the years trying to help people, and now [Albany has] taken away their rights. Cops. Citizens. Taken away their rights with no discussion at all.
It’s kind of interesting that Sen. Gipson voted for this, got up on the floor in one of his very first remarks to the legislature and spoke eloquently about how this was great. He had no clue what he was talking about. He probably shouldn’t have said anything. He definitely shouldn’t have voted for it. And then, to make matters worse, he proposes this “Vampire Act” to say you can’t vote on things after 9:00. Well, most of the bills sometimes in Albany have to be voted on after 9:00. That’s a folly as far as I’m concerned. And I just think that when we do those sorts of things, it makes all government look bad, and it’s still reverberating today.
The SAFE Act Has to be repealed. You can’t delay it. You can’t try and message it, because at the end of the day it’s the same bad bill that criminalizes things against ordinary citizens. Again, I was having this discussion the other day with one of my retired police officer friends. We were talking about the SAFE Act and some other things. And I said, you know what? We’ve never come across people who committed heinous crimes that were licensed handgun owners. And people who do these things have serious issues outside of the fact that they had access to a gun. If a bad guy wants a gun, he’s going to get a gun. You can have any law you want to prevent it but it’s NOT going to stop someone who wants to do somebody harm, who has access to a gun because the guy down the street will sell him one.
And that is the thing that burns me, because it’s not helping law enforcement, it’s not helping society, and it’s not going to prevent these tragedies.
You’ve got to repeal it. You’ve got to throw it out. And you also have to have a discussion with folks who have genuine concerns about their 2nd Amendment rights. And the things is too, you’re concerned about public safety. You’re concerned about gun safety. These are the folks that need to be spoken to, and they weren’t.
And clearly, [the SAFE Act] has got to go. It has to go.