State Police arrested a Saratoga County man Tuesday as part of sting operation tied to the state’s new gun-control law.
Police said in a statement that they were notified through the state’s Gun Tip line that an assault weapon was being offered for sale on a Facebook page for gun enthusiasts.
An undercover State Police investigator responded to the posting and met with the person selling the rifle and ultimately purchased it.
William G. Greene, 51, Moreau, Saratoga County, was charged with the misdemeanors of unlawful transfer of an assault weapon and disposing of a weapon without a national background check.
Police said the weapon was a RGuns .223-5.56 caliber assault style rifle with a pistol grip, which meets the definition of an assault weapon in New York.
Greene was issued an appearance ticket for a future court date in the Town of Moreau Court.
Gun-rights groups have blasted the state’s enforcement of the new law, which was enacted Jan. 15, and a lawsuit and an injunction are pending in court. The law toughens a ban on assault weapons and requires greater background checks and record keeping of private gun sales.
Recently, an Amherst, Erie County, man mistakenly had his pistol permit revoked and guns confiscated under the SAFE Act because he was initially deemed as a mental-health risk.
Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, Putnam County, today called the law, the “Cuomo for President Act.” Cuomo is considered a potential presidential candidate in 2016.
“There were were no hearings, there was no public dialogue,” Ball said in a statement. “All of this was done for one purpose in mind, so this governor could score political points with a radical national constituency, and that is simply outrageous. Simply put, the ‘Cuomo for President Act’ simply isn’t working.”’
State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico was in Buffalo earlier this week to address concerns about the law. Here’s some of his interview with Gannett’s WGRZ.