Gun Control Confusion Is Subject Of Forum In Oswego


"I came here to protest the new gun control law," said Theodore Strang.

Strang was at a packed public forum in Oswego Wednesday.

New York state officials were there to clear up confusion over the state's new gun control law.

"To get people accurate information on what the statue actually says and two, is to help answer people's questions," said Mike Green, executive deputy commissioner of Criminal Justice Services.

And there were plenty of questions.

In fact, there were so many people with questions, officials had to add more seating.

For the gun owners in attendance that we caught up with, those questions went mostly unanswered.

"They're supposed to go through and dictate what this law means and they keep getting constantly stopped and saying, 'Oh, you're going to have to call the hotline,'" said Jacob Smith, who was in the audience.

Unhappy with the responses, some people wondered if Governor Andrew Cuomo should be the one answering the questions.

"The governor should be stepping up to the plate. I think he uses his soapbox. He should also be standing up on that soapbox answering the questions," said Terry Lewchanin, also a emmber of the audience.

And even then, any public forum now is too little too late for some gun owners.

"If they really cared about our opinion and informing us about this law, maybe they should have done it before they passed it," said Jorden Pritchard, an audience member.

There aren't any more public forums scheduled, but officials say that could change given how many questions they still need to answer.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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