Local sheriffs speak out about SAFE Act

Updated: 01/15/2014 6:19 PM
Created: 01/15/2014 5:31 PM WHEC.com
By: Amanda Ciavarri

The governor says the New York SAFE Act is all about safety, but not everybody agrees. Wednesday marks one year since Governor Cuomo signed the gun law. It also marks another milestone for provisions of that legislation.

Beginning Wednesday, new restrictions on ammunition sales are in effect. Those rules require all sellers to register with state police and anyone buying ammunition must now do it in person. There's no more ordering bullets online. The new provisions mean retailers will be forced to record all ammunition sales and do background checks on buyers, just like when someone is buying a gun.

News10NBC wanted to know how many people, if any, have been arrested for SAFE Act related violations in the past year. News10NBC checked with sheriffs in Monroe, Livingston, Ontario and Wayne counties. We found out they have not arrested anybody for a SAFE Act violation.

The Monroe County District Attorney's Office says people have been charged with a violation under separate indictments, but there have been no arrests just for violating the SAFE Act.

The Wayne County Sheriff says things with the SAFE Act are just heating up.

A 46-year-old woman was arrested and appeared in Williamson Court Wednesday. Police say she was stealing, “Repeal the NY SAFE Act” signs from people's yards and throwing them away. Annamaria Kontor pleaded not guilty to petit larceny in court Wednesday. She was met by dozens of people holding the very sign she is accused of stealing.

Before her court appearance, News10NBC sat down with the Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts. He explained, in his opinion, the SAFE Act targets the law abiding citizens and he feels the laws need to crack down on criminals.

Virts does agree with parts of the SAFE Act like the Webster provision and the requirements that increase security measures at schools.


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