Syracuse police chief meets with legislators about firearms

Feb 19 2012 - 10:37pm

SYRACUSE -- Police emptied the Walmart store in this community two weeks ago after responding to a 911 call about someone carrying a gun.

Chief Brian Wallace said the person with the firearm had an open-carry permit. However, Wallace said the incident shows one of the consequences of the firearms guideline.

Wallace was among a group of police chiefs who descended on the Capitol last week and shared lunch with legislators.

The SPD chief said he spoke about the open-carry issue with local gun rights activist Rep. Curt Oda, R-Clearfield, and other lawmakers.

The issue of how police handle someone carrying a firearm had already come up during the Legislative session.

Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clinton, is sponsoring HB 49, which limits the ability of police to charge someone brandishing a firearm with disorderly conduct in the absence of threatening behavior.

The bill is currently awaiting review in the House.

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