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Sheriff supports stricter gun laws, Second Amendment rights

January 16, 2013

Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace knows a thing or two regarding gun laws in New York stat....

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Marcia

Jan-16-13 8:26 AM

Thank you Sheriff Gerace for being candid. It is interesting how many in law enforcement are for more gun control. They are the ones that are at risk more than anyone else, and are affected by these weapons. We need to keep our law enforcement protected. Now if we had similar federal legislation we could stop people from illegally bringing these weapons into our state.

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judeye

Jan-16-13 8:34 AM

Agree with Marcia. Thank you for seeing the importance of common sense, reasonable laws to restrict some of the type of weapons and ammo that can be sold. The new law also strengthens laws for those with mental health issues on getting guns.

I applaud this new law as a huge step forward in trying to reduce gun violence in our country

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Bandit

Jan-16-13 9:07 AM

Gerace supports act by fellow democrat Cuomo. Theres a news flash. Under the law a background check is required for ammo purchases. Who does the background checks? Sheriffs Dept.! Under the new law you must renew your CC permit every five years. Who does the check and renewal? DING-DING Sheriffs Dept.! So passage of the new law bestows more authority and fee collection ability on a Sheriff who is always looking for ways to increase the size and power of his department. Did ANYONE think he would be in opposition to this legislation?

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whoseits

Jan-16-13 9:35 AM

BANDIT YOUR AN IDIOT AND A WEAK MINDED INDIVIUAL LIBERAL

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localresident

Jan-16-13 9:44 AM

ALL RIGHT! One more aspect of my life that the government gets to further resrict as a knee-jerk reaction to an incident. Woo Hoo!! I sure am glad there was nothing done to address the issue of mental health treatment deficiencies. I mean, it's not like we have people on questionable medications, committing random violent acts like pushing people in front of subway trains or anything. Thanks goodness that never happens!

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localresident

Jan-16-13 9:50 AM

"the finest trick of the devil is to persuade you that he does not exist" - Charles Baudelaire

The same goes for the government's penchant for attacking your liberties.

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TheBoss

Jan-16-13 9:51 AM

whoseits - well opinions vary, though I will wager Judeye and Marcia laugh themselves silly when they see me being called a liberal.

Um, you do know what "liberal" means right?

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untamed

Jan-16-13 10:22 AM

Gerace,did you on record just say that you "support Coumo's gun control policy" BUT never read it! You sir are an idiot and should be thrown out of your position. Making excuses for your inability to do your job in the first place (Gun Laws are to confusing)This is an admittance to your not being qualified to hold your position as Sheriff and either should be thrown out or voted out. Sheriff Dept. has plenty of assualt style weapons,Bullet proof vest, shotguns, dogs, etc. Quit making excuses foryour inability to be effective.

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untamed

Jan-16-13 10:25 AM

LOve the headlines...Gerace knows a thing or two about gun laws" Yea,thats the problem...thats all he knows a thing or two. Read the laws before you Support it or you show no leadership just political alliances.

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stangv8

Jan-16-13 10:55 AM

Marcia, I know some of his deputies feel differently. Do you realize that there are times when the nearest law enforcement to some rural folks in Chautauqua County is 30 minutes away; longer in winter conditions? That's ok though, the governor just made them all safe.

Cuomo reminded me of Howard Dean with his ranting and raging. All restrictive laws do is hamstring lawful abiding folks. The criminals, gangs, and drug dealers could care less about your laws. With their ill gotten money, they can buy whatever guns they want on the black market. Mexican gun laws are some of the strictest in the world but the cartels, with their unlimited funds, have no problem getting them from China, South America, and our own government.

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Steiner

Jan-16-13 11:08 AM

Judeye, did you see the press is reporting that the AR 15 was left in the car by Lanza ! The libs are believing lies again.

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DarkStar

Jan-16-13 11:25 AM

It's funny how many people buy into his tripe about supporting the Second Amendment.

How many people would feel the same if he said "I support the First Amendment but feel the government should lock up anyone whose speech it disgrees with?"

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FredMom

Jan-16-13 11:41 AM

He couldn't find the time to read it or what? I read it after my kids went to bed lastnight. Glad it's that important to him. Oh yea.... he gets to keep his guns because of his badge.

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Escapee

Jan-16-13 12:19 PM

If guns classified as assault weapons are too dangerous to be owned, then the Sherriff’s Dept should be getting rid of all their “assault weapons”. Their actions will tell us what they really believe, regardless of what is presented in a speech. Watch the actions of the department and see if they get rid of their assault weapons. We may find out that they believe they need assault weapons to protect themselves, but don’t want you to be able to protect yourself. Without the ability to protect ourselves we become much more dependent upon the government, and much more likely to be a victim.

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Christopher

Jan-16-13 1:16 PM

"whoseits - well opinions vary, though I will wager Judeye and Marcia laugh themselves silly when they see me being called a liberal.

Um, you do know what "liberal" means right?" Hmmm..is someone on here under 2 different names? Whoseits was referring to "Bandit", and The Boss answers?

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stangv8

Jan-16-13 2:01 PM

Being Sheriff, he carries his weapon with him all the time. Also, he doesn't have to have his registered.

I'll also bet you Cuomo has bodyguards armed with handguns that hold more than seven rounds; I would say their guns hold more than 10 rounds.

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DKexpat

Jan-16-13 2:53 PM

Ever notice that the Second Amendment is stronger than the First Amendment?

(Here in VA, at least) you can wear a handgun into a movie theater without penalty, but if you yell "Fire!" you'll be arrested.

:-)

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DarkStar

Jan-16-13 3:25 PM

DKexpat,

The simple act of carrying a weapon into a theater does not create a hazard, where yelling fire does.

Nice strawman though.

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DKexpat

Jan-16-13 4:53 PM

DarkStar, that was exactly my point.

(Should have added the HTML tag \sarcasm.)

"-)

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DarkStar

Jan-17-13 7:31 AM

DKexpat,

Sorry about that, I thought you were smart enough to know that point but it's been a busy week so I was rushed and didn't even consider sarcasm.

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judeye

Jan-17-13 9:02 AM

localresident

"I sure am glad there was nothing done to address the issue of mental health treatment deficiencies"

and you are making comments without even reading the law. As it does clearly address some of the mental health issues. Such as "mental health professionals will be required to tell state authorities if a patient threatens to use a gun illegally. The patient's weapon could then be taken away"

Working in mental health, there is no cure all for all mental health issues.

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localresident

Jan-17-13 9:47 AM

Judeye, that is one teeny-tiny, miniscule, microscopic half-ass attempt at any sort of addressing mental health issues. Where is the increasd funds to treat the nutjobs? Obama and Cuomo (the idiot from NY especially) absolutely ignored the real problem, but the gov. got his spotlight moment towards 2016!! That's all the really mattered (to him) anyway, lest you mistakenly believe otherwise.

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localresident

Jan-17-13 10:35 AM

"Working in mental health, there is no cure all for all mental health issues."

Then maybe eugenics is the answer? Why are we wasting our time then?

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American

Jan-17-13 10:16 PM

I would suggest just locking all the nut cases up, but then there would be no liberals to argue with and we would need a new governor and president.

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DarkStar

Jan-18-13 8:46 AM

"As it does clearly address some of the mental health issues. Such as "mental health professionals will be required to tell state authorities if a patient threatens to use a gun illegally. The patient's weapon could then be taken away"

They have always had to report any patient who they feel is a threat to others, the only difference is that now the state might actually do something about it.

See the problem wasn't the lack of reporting, it was the state not doing anything.

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