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Letter: Howard is right to oppose unconstitutional SAFE Act

Howard is right to oppose unconstitutional SAFE Act

Sheriff Timothy Howard took his oath of office and swore that he would “support the Constitution of the United States.” He is right in speaking out against the NY SAFE Act, which violates at least four constitutional rights.

Because of the SAFE Act, the Integrated Safe Act Reporting System is used to violate the rights of people deemed by medical professionals to be a threat to themselves or others. People who consult with certain medical professionals can be wrongly reported without due process. Nobody checks to evaluate whether the information in the report is factually accurate. People are being reported if they had insomnia, were sad over the death of a family member, were misdiagnosed and so on.

The only people who get notified that they have been reported are permitted gun owners in New York State. You may have been reported and not even know it. Over 80,000 people have been reported. Only a small number have been notified.

Howard is right in speaking out against the SAFE Act. Keep protecting us, sheriff!

Lois Reid

Plaintiff in Montgomery v. Cuomo

Amherst