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As expected, gun group backs Howard for sheriff

   By Robert J. McCarthy

   If ever there were an expected endorsement in this year's race for Erie County sheriff, it would probably be the New York State Pistol and Rifle Association's nod for Republican incumbent Timothy B. Howard.

   "Our
endorsement is based upon his opposition to the SAFE Act  and willingness to stand up to Gov. Cuomo's assault upon
our Second Amendment civil rights," the organization said today in a brief statement of support.

  Howard's outspoken opposition to the governor's new strict gun control law is expected to be part of the upcoming campaign.
 

Meanwhile, Bert D. Dunn -- who was defeated by Richard E. Dobson in the Sept. 10 Democratic primary for sheriff -- has slated a 4 p.m. press conference to make what is billed as a "major announcement."

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