Pro­posal to ban gun raff les spurs meet­ing to rally op­po­si­tion

The Buffalo News - - LOCAL NEWS -

An in­for­ma­tional meet­ing to rally op­po­si­tion to an Assem­bly bill that would ban gun raf­fles by fire com­pa­nies, con­ser­va­tion clubs and other non­prof­its will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Satur­day in the Jami­son Road Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany, 1071 Jami­son Road, Elma.

Assem­bly­man David DiPi­etro, R-East Aurora, and Erie County Sher­iff Ti­mothy Howard are ex­pected to at­tend.

A bill from As­sem­bly­woman Jo Anne Si­mon of Brook­lyn would ban raf­fles that award guns as prizes.

Or­ga­niz­ers of Satur­day’s event say many non­profit groups rely heav­ily on pro­ceeds from such raf­fles to sus­tain ac­tiv­i­ties rang­ing from vol­un­teer fire com­pa­nies to youth fish­ing and con­ser­va­tion pro­grams. Win­ners of such raf­fles must pass back­ground checks be­fore claim­ing their firearm.

– News staff reports

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