(WBEN) If Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard could re-write the state's new gun control measure, he would toss out the current restrictions and replace them with - among other things-- a measure that could take away gun rights upon conviction of Driving While Intoxicated.
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Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard on guns
Howard says state law needs to target irresponsible gun ownership, and the DWI measure could be part of that.
"You would temporarily or maybe permanently lose your right to possess a firearm because you have acted irresponsibly," Howard said on Hardline, the WBEN Politics program Sunday
" I think a lot of pro-gun people would accept that, to say 'We agree, that if you are a responsible person, you are trusted to have a gun. If you demonstrate that you are irresponsible, at that point and only at that point should the government step in and take your guns away."
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Howard also wants to see law enforcement have instant access to mental health records during an ongoing emergency or crisis so standoffs with guns don't escalate.
In January, Gov. Cuomo signed the toughest gun control law in the nation and the first since the Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre in Newtown, Conn.
Under prior state law, assault weapons are defined by having two “military rifle” features spelled out in the law. The new law reduces that to one feature and include the popular pistol grip. It also forces gun owners to renew their licenses every five years, stiffens penalties for using a gun in the commission of a crime and for bringing a gun on school property.
In a related note, Howard also confirmed that he is running for re-election and doesn't feel that being outspoken on guns will hurt his candidacy.
He received the Republican party endorsement Saturday morning, and will face at least one of three announced Democrats - Richard Dobson, Tim Higgins or Bert Dunn - who say they are interested in running against him.