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Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple speaks out against SAFE Act

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Albany County Sheriff speaks out against some provisions of the SAFE Act; but, he says he has no choice, but to enforce it. YNN's Madeleine Rivera has more.

ALBANY COUNTY, N.Y. -- "We need to step back and address what are we doing," said Albany County Sheriff, Craig Apple.

Thousands of people have criticized the SAFE Act, like the people rallying outside the Capitol last week. And, now, Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple is speaking out against it.

"People should be concerned about the lawful gun owner because that's our God-given right," said Apple.

Apple says he's not against all of the provisions. He opposes some, like restricting the definition of an assault weapon to a single feature and liming the legal number of bullets to seven.

"You can do as much carnage with a shotgun than you can an assault weapon, as well as a handgun with a bunch of rounds in it," he said.

And, when it comes to one issue in particular, Apple's not sure if the bill is the solution.

"It frustrates me that we're concerned about the long guns. But, we're still not addressing illegal handguns within our county," said Apple.

A democrat, Apple says his party affiliation isn't a factor when it comes to his stance on this issue. Other law-makers in his party don't share his point of view.

"The issue here that we're dealing with that prompted the SAFE Act and prompted the issue of necessity was the problem of mass shootings....They're really two different animals, the SAFE Act deals with one problem. The use of illegal guns is another problem," said Assemblyman, Phil Steck.

Steck adds that while many people are pushing to repeal some of the provisions, he doesn't think that's likely to happen. Meanwhile, Apple says he'll enforce the law, even if he doesn't agree with all of it.

"I took an oath to uphold the laws and the Constitution. If this law stands, I will in fact have to enforce it. That's my job," he said.

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