AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) - Around a-hundred activists gathered Monday night as Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard stated, once again, he will not enforce the new gun laws. But some say that isn't his call to make.
It is an election year for the sheriff, and his stand against New York's new gun law seems to have become a big part of his campaign. Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard got a standing ovation from those who gathered at Shannon Pub for a forum on the NY SAFE Act.
Sheriff Howard says it would be a waste of his deputies resources to enforce it, and even calls it unenforceable.
"I'm still arguing with members of the State Police, just trying to find out what the law really means, which is another point about how bad this law is," Sheriff Howard said.
But not everyone sees the sheriff's stand as a noble one.
Assemblyman Sean Ryan questions, "If the sheriff's not enforcing these laws, what other laws has he chosen not to enforce?"
And a grassroots group called "Moms Demand Action for Safe Gun Sense in America" says this about the sheriff:
"It is not his job to determine which laws are constitutional or unconstitutional. It is only his job to enforce the laws of the state of NY and county of Erie. If he is not going to do the job the people of WNY elected him to do then he needs to step down and allow someone to replace him who will enforce the laws."
But the sheriff says he can't enforce a law that he believes is unconstitutional.
"The government and the governor apparently believes that he is the power. The government gets its power from the people, the people have said this isn't a good law and we don't want it. It's a law that only deals with law abiding people," Sheriff Howard said.
The governor has the power to remove a Sheriff for not enforcing a law, but there would be a sort of trial first.
Forum organizer Rus Thompson said, "If that were to ever happen, I think everyone in this room, and thousands of other people would be in that courtroom to defend the sheriff."
Sheriff Howard is one of four sheriffs in the state who have filed a lawsuit challenging the legality of the NY SAFE Act.
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