Help Ted DiNoto Take Guns out of the Hands of Criminals!

Help Ted DiNoto Take Guns out of the Hands of Criminals!

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Ted DiNoto started this petition to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

With gun violence rising rapidly across Buffalo and Erie County, I, Ted DiNoto, Independent Candidate for Sheriff, Amherst Police Lt. am calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to convene an Emergency Session of the New York State Legislature to enact urgently needed amendments to the Bail Reform law that took effect in January 2020.

I propose amendments to the current gun laws, upgrading illegal possession of a handgun and/or assault rifle to a Class B Felony, as well as anyone, caught possessing these weapons illegally, be remanded into custody without bail,“

Additionally, the “Discovery” component of the Bail Reform law, which requires that the names and addresses of shooting victims and witnesses be provided to offenders within 15 days, must be repealed. Shooting victims and witnesses suffer severe trauma, and instead of helping make them feel more safe and secure, this law makes them feel even more vulnerable. They’re terrified that the offenders know who they are and where they live--and that they’re still out on the street. Naturally, these victims and witnesses are far more reluctant to assist law enforcement officers and prosecutors, making it even more difficult for us to lock the gun criminals up behind bars where they belong.

Right now, in Erie County and across New York State, law enforcement officers are doing their jobs--putting themselves in harm’s way to protect the citizens of our communities by arresting armed criminals. Under the so-called bail reform law, however, these armed-and-dangerous criminals have the potential to be back on the streets within hours.

In the City of Buffalo alone, 177 people were shot in the first six months of 2021--a 64% increase over the past decade. This revolving door of justice for gun criminals is as depraved as it is deadly. Any and all efforts to increase and improve the ability of law enforcement to get gun criminals off the streets are wasted under the state’s current catch-and-release bail policies.

I call on Governor Cuomo and the Legislature to convene an emergency session immediately to protect our citizens, support our law enforcement officers and close this revolving door on gun criminals.


I have pledged that, as Erie County Sheriff, I will take the proper measures to keep our neighborhoods safe from gun violence and to protect the Constitutional rights of our citizens. Law enforcement will put the gun criminals in jail. We need the Governor and Legislature to keep them there.

Please sign the petition and help urge Gov. Cuomo to convene the emergency session in the Legislature and ultimately take guns out of the hands of criminals.

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