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SAFE Act Case Sent To County Grand Jury

April 18, 2013

SILVER CREEK — Family, friends and supporters, one from across the state, filled the Town of Hanover courtroom Wednesday for proceedings in Benjamin M. Wassell’s SAFE Act case....

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Apr-20-13 8:49 AM

Thanks for the edification and clarification, KCW. I did not read the articles in the beginning, when Wassel was arrested. It still seems strange to me that they waited to arrest this man until AFTER the SafeAct was implemented, as if they wanted to make an example out of him. Maybe not, but the timing seems curious.

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Apr-19-13 10:41 AM

While the officer may have told this gentleman that he was a felon, according to the article, he isn't being charged with selling to a felon, likely because the officer *wasn't* a felon outside of his obvious entrapment.

Thus, unless the PJ hasn't mentioned it, the only crimes he is being accused of is the SAFE crimes.

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Apr-19-13 7:40 AM

Yes MacKenize, some of it would have been illegal prior to the NY SAFE Act. 1st of all see my post @18APR, 11:05a.m. Also, since 1994, it has been illegal in NY to have more than two of those "nasty", yet totally superficial & harmless "military features" on a gun manufactured since 94'. Wassel is accused of adding such features to post 94', "NY legal" guns. As I understand it, ALL of the felony charges are "pre-SAFE Act", with only the misdemeanor being charged under the SAFE Act

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Apr-18-13 10:02 PM

This also smells of entrapment.

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Apr-18-13 10:02 PM

I have one question regarding this case. Would what Mr. Wassel is accused of doing have been against the law prior to the SAFEAct being the new law of the state?

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Apr-18-13 9:57 PM

Hypothetical situation, but suppose one of the homicide victims in the Town of Carroll had a pistol permit and a pistol. As of Monday, they would only be able to have 7 bullets in the gun. With 4 assailants, would they have stood a better chance? Probably not.

May the victims rest in peace and the perpetrators get punished to the fullest extent of the law.

This UN-SafeAct, is punative toward the law abiding citizen and it makes no one safer. I would argue, it makes legal gun owners less safe, by limiting the number of bullets and types of firearms.

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Apr-18-13 7:28 PM

THE NY BS NO SCROTUM SHEEP WANNA BE HERDING ACT. Heinous. Soulless elected officials need to find the unemployment line. Country going to go down in history as 1 of the dumbest ever on planet Earth unless the madness stops. A must. Those that put the clowns into office must get a clue. Sad and dangerous times.

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Apr-18-13 12:16 PM

Considering the general upstate notoriety for the NY SAFE Act, anyone up for a little "juror nullification"?

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Apr-18-13 11:25 AM

I hope it goes to the US Supreme court asap.

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Apr-18-13 11:05 AM

Of the various elements being charged, the one which I cannot dismiss is that of transferring weapons, parts of weapons and ammunition to a person understood to be a felon. That's been in effect since 1968 when federal law declared ANY person convicted of ANY felony charge(even something such as felony DUI) by ANY court in the nation to be prohibited from firearm possession; unless the conviction is expunged by the convicting authority, which seldom ever happens. This prohibition now likewise extends to misdemeanor convictions for domestic violence in any court (SEE "Lautenberg Amendment").

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Apr-18-13 9:09 AM

Since all the prisons are overcrowded it will be interesting to see if they let out either rapist's or murderers to make room for the newly legislated criminals. Why is it that I don't feel any safer?

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Apr-18-13 9:01 AM

Ok, Howard, thank you. BUt, what kind of felon? Some felons are not violent to the extent they are killers. I agree with ALL felons giving up rights as part of the punishment they earned. Our Sheriff, gets persons out of jail on ankle bracelets so he can fill the jail with Federal inmates. How is that safe for our streets. There is much we do not know. PJ might do an articel on that subject.

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Apr-18-13 8:36 AM

He sold to who he thought was a felon. How upstanding is that? The vote in the Senate is the real travesty here.

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Apr-18-13 7:24 AM

It seems this guy was in the "cross hairs" of the State Police for some reason. It did not take long for the arrest after the law went into effect. I might be wrong, but?

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Apr-18-13 7:19 AM

cuomo, d'amico they are the enemy. They need to be removed from office immediately.

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Apr-18-13 7:00 AM

I pray when he goes to court the jury finds him not guilty that will slap cuomo in the face

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Apr-18-13 6:52 AM

1930's Germany, register then confiscate, Nazi's!!

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