New York Taking Guns From Individuals Who Use Anxiety Medication

By WIVB News 4’s Al Vaughters & Eli George

New York Gun Grab
New York Gun Grab
WIVB News 4
WIVB News 4

AMHERST, N.Y. –-(  The NYS SAFE Act is billed as a necessary law to protect the public and keep guns out of the hands of the wrong people.

But Hamburg attorney Jim Tresmond says his client was notified by letter that his gun permit was suspended upon the recommendation of State Police, who learned the man was previously on anti-anxiety medication.

“Claiming that he had taken some psychotropic medications, and that he no longer could be eligible for the pistol permit,” Tresmond said.

The permit holder lives in Amherst and Tresmond accompanied the man as he turned in his seven handguns used for target-shooting to Amherst Police.

“A law-abiding, honest, hard working professional, who never had one wit of scandal associated with him, criminal or otherwise. And they took his guns away,” Tresmond said.

Tresmond is one of the attorneys already suing the state over passage of the SAFE ACT, which at the time was the toughest gun control law in the country.

Gun permit suspended over medication

Tresmond says his client once took a prescribed medication for his anxiety but he is not mentally ill. The Amherst man ended his prescription use within the last year.

“He is a law-abiding citizen, no record. He is a stellar member of the community, I would say. Not an ex-felon. He is one of the nicest young men I have met in a long time,” Tresmond said.

Officials confirmed the new state law permits the suspension of a gun permit before the permit holder even gets a chance to state their case.

We have not been able to reach State Police to comment on this case but we do know Erie County officials have only taken action against one pistol permit holder on mental health grounds since the SAFE Act was passed last month.

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Bill Butler

HBH, this fellow had no choice in giving up his pistols. Without said permit he would be comitting a felony by having firearms without a permit. By doing this he avoided a raid, possible injury or death, or serious jail time. You better be ready to take lots of medicine if this is all it takes to make you sick. If it makes you feel better send some money to the NRA or AGO to help fight this wrong. Please try to remember, “Judge not, lest ye be judged.”


If this doesn’t tell you that the new York state police aren’t wannabe Nazi gestapo , then you are a moron that can’t read actions .

Ricky Rupp

I moved out of new York state into Georgia 2 and a half years ago. NY SUCKS!!! Such an uptight group of philanders in the government there. Georgia is a great easy going state that respects its citizens and don’t try to corn hole them like NY does.


They didn’t take away shit from this guy,he “gave” his handguns to them. People like this guy make me sick.HBH


Now State Police say it was a misunderstanding…