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New Gun Restrictions Won't Apply to Retired Cops

The state's new gun restrictions will no longer apply to retired
police officers.

The state senate approved a bill early Friday morning that exempts retired law enforcement officers from the SAFE Act restrictions.

The act bans any magazine with the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds, and it also bans magazines with over seven cartridges.

But law enforcement retirees will now be able to keep assault-style weapons that they owned while serving.

And every three years, the retiree must be re-qualified.

"If something does happen, these officers are available to come out with those type of weapons and use them.  They can come save a neighbor or somebody else," said Broome County Sheriff David Harder.

The bill defines a qualifed law enforcement retiree as someone who served as a police, peace, or federal law enforcement officer for at least 5 years, and left the service in good standing.

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