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State records: Not 1 Red Flag petition filed in Monroe County to stop someone from getting a gun

Berkeley Brean
Created: May 18, 2022 06:36 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — In the nearly two years since the Red Flag Law in New York was passed not a single "Extreme Risk Protection Order" has been filed in Monroe County.

State court administration records show not a parent, not a teacher, not a nurse, not a police officer, not a prosecutor in Monroe County has ever filed an Extreme Risk Protection Order, or "red flag petition," to stop someone at risk from getting a gun.  

Brean: "I'm just trying to figure out why that would be?"

Sandra Doorley, Monroe County District Attorney: "I can only speak to my office and I know we haven't initiated any of these Extreme Risk Orders of Protection. But there are other individuals—they could come from law enforcement, they could come from school districts, they could come from family members and persons related."

No one has done it in Monroe County. 

News10NBC obtained the Extreme Risk Protection Order data from the state Office of Court Administration. (Mobile users, click here to see them.)

Red Flag Petitions OCA by News10NBC on Scribd

Monroe County is not listed, meaning its number is zero. Neither is Livingston County. 

In fact, in the eight-county Finger Lakes region, there's only been 24 petitions filed since August of 2019. That's the same number as Broome County where the alleged Buffalo shooter lived.

In Onondaga County—home to Syracuse—there's been 118 and more than 400 throughout central New York counties. 

I asked District Attorney Sandra Doorley if anything should change.

"Not necessarily changes but knowledge that this procedure exists," she said. "Because I don't know how common knowledge this is." 

Wednesday Gov. Kathy Hochul signed an executive order making it mandatory that state police file a red flag petition if they believe a person is a threat.

She also said there needs to be an education component to it.

"I don't think people understand the purpose of this, how to use it, how not to abuse it," Hochul said.


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