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January 20, 2013

Shot in line of duty, law enforcement officials have different views on gun law

Shot in line of duty, law enforcement officials have different views on gun law


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“It was used to shooting one-handed and that’s how I shot that night,” Gee said. Competitive shooting saved my life.”

While there maybe divergent opinions in police ranks, Niagara County’s top prosecutor, District Attorney Michael Violante, was quick to throw his support behind the new law.


“The safety and security of the citizens of Niagara County is the utmost concern for our office,” Violante said in a statement released after the law’s passage. “However, the constitutional right of our citizens to keep and bear arms must not be abridged. I feel the governor’s new legislation goes a long way to ensuring both of these goals.”

The DA also vowed to put the provisions of the new law to work immediately.

“Governor Cuomo’s legislation addresses a need to respond to the recent outbreak of violent behavior by members of our society in possession of assault type weapons,” Violante said. “My office will be prosecuting the new crimes included in this legislation with the intent to help end gun violence on our streets.”

Sheriff Jim Voutour declined to comment on the new law, saying he had not had a chance of see a full copy of it and review of its provisions.

Gee says he would favor putting armed retired police officers or former members of the military services in place like schools to provide protection for children. 

Eggert, who says he’s been frequently asked for his opinion on gun control issues in the aftermath of his shooting, believes reasonable regulations on firearms will make the streets safer.

“I’m a big supporter of the Constitution and the Second Amendment,’ he said. “But do you need an AK-47 or an M-16 to hunt deer? Some of these guns are just designed to take a human life.”

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