A western New York man misidentified by the state as a mental health risk under the new gun control law has his seven pistols back.
David Lewis got the guns Monday from local police after turning them in as directed in a letter from the Erie County clerk. Clerk Chris Jacobs says he only followed NYSP information after forwarding it to a judge.
But police say their notification first required the county to follow-up to determine if Lewis posed a threat to himself or others. The New York SAFE Act requires mental health professionals to tell authorities if a patient is likely to hurt someone, starting a process to determine if their guns should be surrendered.