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Sheriff Virts to testify this week, calls for repeal of Cuomo's law



The New York State Sheriffs' Association and five individual sheriffs have added their position to the record in the lawsuit filed by the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association regarding the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act of 2013. The individual sheriffs listed are Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts, Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard, Oswego County Sheriff Reuel Todd, Putnam County Sheriff Donald Smith and Fulton County Sheriff Thomas Lorey.

“All tragedies involving guns are terrible, especially when you’re talking about the tragedies in Newtown, going back as far as Columbine,” said Virts. “... However, they are not law-abiding citizens doing this. I’m all for imposing regulations on inappropriate people.”

According to the sheriffs’ brief, the sheriffs agree with the New York affiliate of the National Rifle Association that the law, passed after the Newtown, Conn., school shooting, is unconstitutional because it will prevent citizens from keeping commonly used firearms for home defense.




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