LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) - Lockport Police are coming under fire, following the arrest of a gun owner. Lockport Police made an arrest this weekend, when a man had too many bullets in his pistol clip. Police admit there are even some city employees not happy the man was arrested.
“It's not the kind of history I want to make. You know what I mean? But hopefully we can change some things,” said Paul Wojdan, who is facing misdemeanor Safe Act Violation.
Paul Wojdan pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning for violating the controversial New York Safe Act. Lockport Police say this was their first arrest under the Safe Act.
According to the arrest report, Wojdan was the passenger of his girlfriend's car when she was stopped for speeding on Transit Road Sunday morning.
During the stop, Wojdan told the officer his pistol, which he does have a legal permit for, was in the glove box. Police say Wojdan had 10 bullets in the magazine. The new law says only seven bullets are allowed.
Wojdan said, “It's our right to bare arms. It shouldn't be a 10-round limit. My magazine should have held 17. But they have taken away our rights and, they're trying to take away more day by day and I'm tired of it.”
Wojdan was charged with a misdemeanor. But since his arrest became public, many have lashed out at the Lockport City Police over the polarizing issue.
Lockport Police Department Captain Michael Niethe said, “We're hearing that there's some chatter on Facebook and other media outlets, but we're not too concerned about that.”
Niethe said, “We're aware that there's people who are not in favor of this law and there's probably some people in this building that are not in favor of this law, but it's the law of the land and we're going to enforce it.”
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