Elmira/Corning Regional Airport
Webster Gun Provision
Written By: Joe Melillo
Another provision in the gun control package signed into law this evening is in response to an event that hit much closer to home.
Southern Tier (WENY) - Another provision in the gun control package signed into law this evening is in response to an event that hit much closer to home. The community in Webster New York are still grieving the loss of some of their first responders, and the "Webster Provision" in the New York Safe Act will aim to prevent tragedies like that in the future. Some have mixed feelings about the new law, but in general, they are very happy with the "Webster Provision".
Being a volunteer firefighter is a dangerous job, it comes with the territory. But firefighters shouldn't fear of being murdered while responding on-scene to battle a blaze. The Safe New York Act includes the "Webster Provision" which says anyone who murders a first responder will be given a life sentence without parole. Chief of the Town and Country Fire Department Sean Lohmuller says it's a start.
“It's definitely a step in the right direction, unfortunately it's not going to correct anything that we still deal with on a day to day basis. Everyday we go out and we're still thinking about Webster and if that could happen to us,” says Lohmuller.
Chief John Tighe from Corning Fire Department says times have changed and the Webster Provision is a a big step. The Webster community still grieves for their loss, and Chief Tighe Says that loss is felt throughout the community
“You feel it all over, not just the southern tier but all over the country,” says Tighe. “It was the topic of discussion today at the meetings I was in with the fire chiefs from around the state and it's been on our minds ever since it occurred.”
Sharing a gun with an individual who is not authorized to possess a gun and then commits a crime will now constitute as criminal facilitation.