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DEC officer praised for his response to gun range complaint

A local environmental conservation officer who confronted four men drinking alcohol at a Genesee County gun range late last month was praised by his department for his work.

Officer Gary Wilson responded to the Tonawanda Wildlife Management Area on Aug. 27 to investigate a complaint.

Wilson, along with state troopers, Genesee County sheriff’s deputies and U.S. Border Patrol agents, found four men drinking as they waited to use the gun range, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

The men had yet to remove the eight guns from their respective cases, the DEC reported.

The authorities said one of the weapons “was an unregistered AR-style assault weapon with a high capacity magazine.”

That led to one of the men being charged with a felony under the New York SAFE Act.

A Ukrainian man in the group – not in the country legally – was taken into custody by border patrol agents, the DEC stated.

“Although they don’t receive much public fanfare, the work of our environmental conservation officers is critical to achieving DEC’s mission to protect and enhance our environment,” DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said in the statement.

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