Did Prescription Meds Cause Amherst Man's Pistol Permit to be Revoked?

April 9, 2013 Updated Apr 9, 2013 at 6:55 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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April 9, 2013 Updated Apr 9, 2013 at 6:55 PM EDT


AMHERST, NY (WKBW) - A new case connected to the New York Safe Act has at least one local gun owner fired up. The owner says his pistol permit might have been suspended because of past medications he was prescribed. Hamburg Attorney James Tresmond says his client was forced to surrender his pistol collection valued at $4,000 after his pistol permit was abruptly suspended. Tresmond is not releasing his client's name or his past medical history until he files his lawsuit in federal court in a few weeks. Tresmond believes it might be linked to his client's past medications and believes it's a direct violation of his client's 2nd, 4th and 5th amendment rights along with medical privacy laws.

"It's disconcerting to know that if your doctor prescribes you a psychotropic medication because of a tragic event in your life that results in the state police trolling to pick up this information and if you do have a gun license it will be revoked," said Tresmond.

Under the new Safe Act in New York, anyone receiving mental health treatment is subject to a medical professional filing a report if they feel their patient is,"likely to engage in conduct that would result in serious harm to themselves or others."

Tresmond is now trying to schedule a hearing for his client in Erie County Court to re-instate his permit and get his pistols back. Tresmond says he's also representing a second person under similar circumstances.