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Niagara County Legislature wants "Red Flag" seizure law repealed

Posted at 11:34 PM, Feb 27, 2019

NIAGARA COUNTY, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Niagara County Legislature voted unanimously on Wednesday to request Governor Andrew Cuomo to repeal the "Red Flag" Gun Seizure Law.

The "Red Flag" Gun Seizure Law, which was voted into law on Monday, permits police, family members, teachers, doctors, or any other concerned party to petition a state court to order temporary removal of firearms from a person who may present a danger to others or themselves. A judge will make the determination to issue the order based on the statements and actions made by the gun owner in question.

According to the Niagara County Legislature, they say this directly violates the Second Amendment, with the new law only harming law abiding citizens.

"It's the law abiding citizens that follow the rules that will be punished by them" Niagara County Legislature Majority Leader Randy Bradt (R) said, "Where the criminals that don't have registered guns, they're not going to follow the rules. It's more to hinder us."

The Niagara County Legislature says that this is not a partisan issue as both Democrats and Republicans voted for the repeal.