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Chautauqua County Sheriff warning about fake 'martial law' letter

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Posted at 2:13 PM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 14:13:56-04

CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY (WKBW) — The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office has issued a warning to the public about a fake martial law letter circulating through the mail.

The letter states "Chautauqua County Sheriff declares martial law for warrantless confiscation of all AR-15 style long guns."

In a Facebook post the sheriff's office said "Attached are two photographs, an envelope and a letter, neither of which were authorized by the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office. I am quite confident that Deputy Beichner has absolutely no involvement in this letter."

The sheriff's office says this is a bad and potentially dangerous prank and it will be investigating and possibly prosecuting whoever is responsible for the letter.