Lawmakers Want More Clarification From State Police
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Some lawmakers in Western New York want some answers from the New York State Police when it comes to the revocation of an Amherst resident's pistol permit last week. State Senator, Michael Ranzenhofer and State Assemblyman, Dennis Gabryszak are calling for an investigation into whether or not the State Police are using medical records to seize guns. The resident, David Lewis, had a history of taking anti-anxiety medications. State Police issued a release stating that it was a case of mistaken identity that another David Lewis was the subject of their investigation.
Assembly woman, Crystal Peoples-Stokes who is a supporter of and voted in favor of the NY State SAFE Act also wants answers from the State Police. On WBEN's Hardline, Peoples-Stokes said, "..they (NY State Police) need to explain the misidentification. They need to explain the process to determine that it was a David Lewis they were looking for. They need to make that clear, that they were totally within the law to go after a David Lewis. They need to explain how that happened and how that will never happen again."
Peoples-Stokes says she does believe that it is a case of mistaken identity by State Police, "...this is not the first time law enforcement has mistaken identity."
Meanwhile, Amherst Assemblyman, Ray Walter, has scheduled a meeting with State Police officials on Tuesday to discuss the matter.