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Forum set Wednesday in Schenectady on new gun control law

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— New York law enforcement authorities are continuing their visits across upstate to explain the state’s new, stricter gun control law. On Wednesday, they will visit Schenectady.

Representatives of the state police and Division of Criminal Justice Services will be at forums this week to talk about the “NY SAFE Act” and answer questions about changes in the law governing ownership of assault-style semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity magazines. The new law adopted earlier this month after the Newtown school massacre and West Webster firefighter ambush also requires background checks for ammunition purchases.

There are sessions Tuesday in Clarence, Endwell, Lake Placid, Rochester and Ithaca. On Wednesday, there will be forums in Schenectady, Oswego and Lafayette.

The Schenectady meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the McChesney Room at the Schenectady Public Library at 99 Clinton St. Col. Thomas Fazio, field commander, state police, and Sgt. James Sherman of the state police will conduct the NY SAFE Act meeting.

The state has also set up a website with answers to frequently-asked questions and other information. Click here.

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