NIAGARA FALLS, NY - Earlier this week, we reported that Sheriffs from across upstate are hoping the state Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo will revisit portions of the new gun-control law, saying the measure was adopted in haste and targets law-abiding gun owners.
But, one local police superintendent is voicing his support for the gun control legislation.
Bryan DalPorto Superintendent of Niagara Falls Police released this statement regarding the New York SAFE ACT:
The New York SAFE Act will give law enforcement in Niagara Falls and across New York State strong new tools to fight gun violence. During the first 11 months of last year, 21 individuals were shot in the City of Niagara Falls, one of them fatally. Any life lost to, or scarred by, gun violence is one too many. We must hold accountable those who engage in criminal conduct and applaud the provisions designed to keep firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill, and the enhanced penalties the law includes, especially the raising to a felony the crimes of purchasing or transferring a gun to someone prohibiting from possessing a weapon and recklessly injuring a child with a firearm. At the same time, the law continues to ensure the rights of law-abiding and responsible gun owners. The SAFE Act strikes the right balance between these two important goals.