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LOCKPORT – A man who allegedly threatened a woman with a gun in a Niagara Falls domestic incident was arraigned Thursday in Niagara County Court on an indictment that included three felony violations of the state’s new gun control law.

James G. Hill II, 28, of Macklem Avenue, Niagara Falls, is charged with three counts of third-degree criminal possession of a firearm, a Class E felony under the SAFE Act, according to Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann. She said the elements of that crime are exactly the same as the long-standing misdemeanor charge of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, but under the SAFE Act, the same acts constitute a felony.

Hill, who was charged in domestic incidents March 25 and April 7, also pleaded not guilty to second- and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and second-degree menacing.

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