Walter, Colleagues Hold Hearing to Discuss NY SAFE Act Implementation

Assemblyman Ray Walter (R,C,I-Amherst), in conjunction with the ranking Member of the Legislative Oversight, Analysis and Investigation Committee, Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,I,C-Glen Head), will be hosting a legislative hearing to discuss the implementation and execution thus far of the NY-SAFE Act. The hearing is to be held at the Amherst Town Hall Council Chamber from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. this Friday, June 7. Representatives from the County Sheriffs and County Clerks as well as mental health professionals based in Erie and Wyoming Counties will be testifying. Also in attendance will be Western New York Assembly members Jane Corwin, Steve Hawley, and David DiPietro.

 “We must ensure that our citizen's civil rights are being protected.  Unfortunately, I believe we are seeing poor results from a poor law that was passed in a poor way,” said Walter. “Legislation as sweeping and life-changing as the NY-SAFE Act needs to be dissected and discussed, and should have been done proactively and transparently. My constituents have been directly affected by the mistakes and confusion that exists in this law. It's about time we get down to business with local officials, mental health professionals, and responsible gun owners to figure out how this law needs to be changed.

 Earlier this year, Walter delivered a letter to Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott calling on her to review the policies and procedures associated with the implementation and enforcement of the NY SAFE Act. The letter asked that the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) and the administration of the New York State Police (NYSP) be investigated as to how they have conducted themselves with regard to the SAFE Act’s mental hygiene provisions over the past few months. Specifically, David Lewis, a local Amherst resident, wrongfully had his firearms confiscated and pistol permit revoked on April 1, after the NYSP identified him as the wrong David Lewis.




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