Nojay takes aim at firearms ‘tip line’ – Top Stories – Hornell, NY – Hornell Evening Tribune

| March 26, 2013 | 0 Comments


Assemblyman Bill Nojay, R-Pittsford, is calling on the state to scrap
a tip line to report illegal firearms.

Nojay, in his first term in the state Legislature, recently reacted
to a leaked memo sent by the New York State Division of Criminal
Justice Services to the State Association of Chiefs of Police. In
response, Nojay has sent a letter to Michael Green, executive deputy
commissioner of the Division of Criminal Justice Services, asking him
to terminate the newly-expanded program.

The memo described a tip line that residents can use to anonymously
report their neighbors for illegal firearm possession. If information
provided leads to an arrest, the “tipster” will be awarded $500.

According to the memo, this program is also targeted at Upstate New
York, with a plan to roll out a “comprehensive campaign” to spread
the word, which will include “public service announcements that will
air on television and radio stations across Upstate.”

“The program described in this leaked memo is truly disturbing,”
Nojay, who represents the City of Hornell in the Assembly, said in a
press release. “A year ago, this program was designed for urban
communities with high rates of gun violence.

Now, they are specifically targeting the law-abiding citizens of
Upstate by trying to turn neighbors into informants. The governor can
claim that this program is old news, but he has just made countless
guns illegal that can now be phoned in on this tip line. He is
raising the stakes in his assault on the rights of law-abiding citizens.”

Nojay’s letter to Executive Deputy Commissioner Green calls on him to
“terminate the newly revised and expanded informant program known as
the Gun Tip Line.” He notes that the program was designed exclusively
for areas with high rates of gun violence and that the new expansion
does not target gun violence. Its only purpose is to try to enforce
the “unenforceable” SAFE Act.

Nojay said it is wrong for state police to oversee local law
enforcement’s follow-up on every tip because it is offensive to the
independence of local law enforcement and a “radical expansion of state power.”

Nojay takes aim at firearms ‘tip line’ – Top Stories – Hornell, NY – Hornell Evening Tribune.

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