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April 12, 2013

Dear editor: I have considered going and buying a gun in the next year or so. That being said, I will gladly give the government permission to do a background check on me....

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Themattmobile

Apr-12-13 1:50 AM

Channel 2 news from Buffalo ran a story Tuesday about a local Buffalo professional (name withheld) whose carry permit was revoked because he was prescribed an anti-depressant drug two years ago. Several legal actions taken by his attorney were brushed aside and the man was forced to surrender his pistols with his permit to Erie County authorities. The situation was labeled as a "test case" related to recent gun legislation in New York. The man has no criminal record, is gainfully employed, and described as a well known and respected member of the Buffalo community. Make your own assessment of how fragile individual rights are when left to questionable interpretation by government officialdom.

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Jimmy1

Apr-12-13 3:37 AM

If you can't see where the government is headed with this you are blind!

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colorado

Apr-12-13 5:03 AM

The letter seems to make it clear the man doesn't currently own a gun so the checks don't apply to him. For those that do own guns---- the current back ground check resulted in 74,000 failing in 2010 of which less than 20 were prosecuted because the feds said they don't have the money or manpower. Now we are proposing increasing their workload.

As stated before If the Dems drop the permanent record keeping aspect of the proposal I wouldn't have a major problem with them but to think they will stop the criminals from getting guns is just silly. The feds themselves said the vast majority of guns used in crime were stolen.

I just read the case themattmobile is talking about yesterday and listened to video of his lawyers interview. It is illegal confiscation and will cost the man a fortune to get his firearms back but he will. I don't care to have that happen in Pennsylvania.

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MTOMTO

Apr-12-13 8:40 AM

Seems to me that some person or entity had disregarded the HIPPA Law. A part of the affordable care act is to create electronic patient files to make the health care system more efficient. Like no other government agencies computer systems have ever been hacked. It's as bad as the background check gun registry possibility.

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Brazil

Apr-12-13 12:44 PM

MTOMTO - You might want to check with your local hospital or doctors office with regard to electronic medical records. With most up to date practices/hospitals that ship sailed long, long ago. I guess you would prefer we stay with the abacus

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MTOMTO

Apr-12-13 1:17 PM

I am not very technically savvy. Some days I'm surprised I can even post on here.

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MTOMTO

Apr-12-13 1:32 PM

My point being, how did the authorities learn that this person had been prescribed an anti-depressant with the existing HIPPA Law?

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guessagain

Apr-12-13 2:44 PM

I heard from a friend that Chautauqua County is going to publish names of all people who have a carry permit. If you don't want people to know than you can fill out a form. The point being is why are they advertizing who has the guns. With that the criminals will just have a shopping list of where to steal guns from.

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MTOMTO

Apr-12-13 3:55 PM

"With that the criminals will just have a shopping list of where to steal guns from."

Or a list of homes that have a lower probability of having a gun.

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Brazil

Apr-12-13 11:27 PM

that was a good one MTOMTO, nice comeback on the list thing. You know though for all the fear and anxiety of the citizenry about loading up with assault weapons and a drawer full of pistols I find it curious that I don't read about a whole lot of home break-ins in the local papers. Could folks be overstating the problem by a tad bit? For all the talk on here it makes it seems like it's occuring daily.

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Themattmobile

Apr-13-13 2:23 AM

Latest update to my post regarding the confiscation of a Buffalo man's guns. The state police admitted that their action against David Lewis, a U.B. librarian was done in error due to mistaken identity. They in turn, blamed Erie county for acting without further investigation. The county responded that they have no investigative powers and are required to follow through with state police orders under the new SAFE ACT. The article went on to claim that another man several counties away with the same name was deemed too mentally ill to own guns. MTOMTO mentioned as did the WIVB reporter, this clearly shows how the state using the SAFE ACT can skirt HIPAA laws. Certain officials in New York's law enforcement ranks have admitted privately that this is, in fact, a test case done at the expense of a person who violated no laws and presented no danger to the community. Mr. Lewis' lawyer will be filing suit against NY for defamation and privacy violations.

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24betio1943

Apr-14-13 4:41 AM

Brazil, there are a couple of cases of stolen guns a month in the WTO page 2. You don't hear about "break-ins" when people are home because criminals know many people are armed so they break in during the day when people are at work or running errands.

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MTOMTO

Apr-15-13 9:01 AM

"I find it curious that I don't read about a whole lot of home break-ins in the local papers."

Just preparing for the fiscal apocalypse?

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luckyladdy1925

Apr-15-13 2:49 PM

Background checks are not to good as they cannot get medical information due to the privacy law and that is what they need.

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MTOMTO

Apr-15-13 3:09 PM

The State can use the SAFE ACT to skirt HIPAA laws. They are NOT protected.

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24betio1943

Apr-15-13 5:46 PM

Fiscal apocalypse mto??? That won't happen. Everything is too big to fail.

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MTOMTO

Apr-16-13 8:27 AM

O.K. Maybe I should change my name to Chicken Little?

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MyOpinion

Apr-16-13 5:03 PM

Obamacare requires that all persons medical records be computerized. When discussing with my personal physician how NY state got around HIPPA regulations, he told me there was a rider attached to one of the stimulus bills from Obama that gave them permission. This is intolerable.

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24betio1943

Apr-16-13 7:11 PM

MTO my sarcasm doesn't translate well in this medium. lol

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archaeo1

Apr-17-13 1:03 AM

Interesting when each state makes up its own rules. Register it Buy it And shut up .there, I agree wih Jack, . Shot guns and deer rifles under 8 shots excluded.I'll sign... .folks dont worry about the Government... Sounds like paranoia to me and that is a" mental health issue'.No guns for you!

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MTOMTO

Apr-17-13 8:43 AM

Sarcasm scares me.

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KareyS

Apr-18-13 4:01 PM

"For those that do own guns---- the current back ground check resulted in 74,000 failing in 2010 of which less than 20 were prosecuted..." ~ Colorado

This argument is common but completely misses the point. 74,000 individuals who are prohibited from purchasing guns were kept from purchasing a gun by the background check. That's the point!

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KareyS

Apr-18-13 4:03 PM

MyOpinion, good thing its not true.

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MTOMTO

Apr-19-13 10:15 AM

Must there be only one point? They falsified information on the background check which is a violation of the law and should be prosecuted. That is also the point.

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Lifelongresident

Apr-19-13 12:53 PM

Well very close to home, home invasion just occurred in Frewburg this week.

While it may not be a common occurrence around here YET there is still the chance it could happen to any of us at any time.

I choose to be prepared, you may choose not to be since it's such a rare occurrence and that's your choice. Please don't take my choice away from me.

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