NYS Red Flag Law in first week of enforcement

New York State's new Red Flag Law is in its first week of enforcement. This brings some in Central New York relief; others, worry.

Posted: Aug 27, 2019 6:11 PM

DEERFIELD - New York State's new Red Flag Law is in its first week of enforcement. This brings some in Central New York relief; others, worry.

"Well, my biggest concern is abuse," says local hunting safety instructor Dave Corr. "If somebody doesn't like somebody for whatever reason, they don't like hunting, they don't like guns, they don't like the second amendment - whatever. Whatever the reason may be, they just say, 'Well, I'm gonna call in.'"

"We're in 100% support of the Red Flag Law," says YWCA of the Mohawk Valley CEO Dianne Stancato. "It's enhanced protection, so if you're displaying some warning signs, whether it's mental illness or violence, this expands the protections to be able to take guns either out of your hands or prevent you from getting a gun."

The law empowers citizens, including family, household members and school administrators to petition the court to temporarily seize a person's guns if they have reason to believe the person is a threat to themselves or others.

The YWCA not only supports the law - they fought for it.

"The Y national was involved at the national level and then here, we work through the New York State Domestic Violence Coalition to advocate for these kinds of laws to be put in place," says Stancato.

Corr says he favors responsible safety measures that don't infringe upon second amendment rights.

"I'm also in favor of saying 'let's keep people safe.' Let's make sure we have good, thorough, background checks," says Corr.

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