BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Buffalo Police say a Buffalo man ditched a loaded handgun while trying to outrun officers over the weekend. He is now facing a very serious felony charge of criminal possession of a weapon. That law has been on the books for a long time, and carries a much tougher penalty than the new gun control violation.
Eighteen-year-old Darquane McDuffie, of Buffalo, is in hot water with the law. He was arrested over the weekend, in a neighborhood near Sweet Avenue and Stanilslaus Street.
Police noticed a vehicle weaving back and forth in the neighborhood. At one point, they say McDuffie jumped out of the car. There was a brief foot chase, and they say McDuffie tossed a gun in a driveway.
Nikolaj Hajdaj parks his car in the driveway and saw it happen. Hajdaj showed News 4 where the silver nine millimeter handgun ended up in his driveway, just under the gate.
Hajdaj laughed and said, "I thought it was funny." He said minutes later police nabbed McDuffie.
Hajdaj said, "The next thing I know he came up to the house, and waited for him over here, and he came around the corner and grabbed him."
Police charged McDuffie with unlawful possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device under the state's new gun control law. That component restricts the number of rounds in a magazine to seven. Authorities say the weapon McDuffie allegedly tossed was loaded with 11 rounds and one in the chamber.
Buffalo Common Council President Richard Fontana said, "Even with the illegal handgun laws that we have that are felonies, they're still carrying around guns."
Fontana says he is not a big fan of the way the state's new gun law was pushed through. But more than that, he doesn't think it fully addresses the reality on the street.
Fontana said, "It's already illegal to possess an illegal handgun. Those laws have been working for years in the City of Buffalo. That's what we arrest the majority of the people on. The state law adds a different tier to that, but I don't think it's designed to get your drug dealing, crime committing, illegal handgun trade. It doesn't make a dent in that trade."
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