Attorneys for David A. Lewis, a college librarian from Amherst, say he got the guns Monday from local police after having turned them in as directed in a recent letter from the Erie County clerk.
While Clerk Chris Jacobs says he only followed state police information, after forwarding it to a judge, police say their notification first required the county to follow-up to determine if Lewis posed a threat to himself or others.
The state's new gun law requires mental health professionals to tell authorities of a patient likely to hurt someone, starting a process meant to determine if their guns should be surrendered.
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