NEW LEBANON, N.Y. - The Columbia County District Attorney has decided to drop the charge a man was initially facing under the New York SAFE Act for having two extra bullets in his handgun.
31-year-old Gregory Dean of Hopewell Junction was arraigned in New Lebanon Town Court Thursday afternoon, District Attorney Paul Czajka dropping the charge of unlawful possession of certain ammunition feeding devices.
Dean was originally arrested last week on Route 22 in New Lebanon after police noticed a handgun on the passenger seat during a traffic stop. Although the .40 caliber handgun was legally possessed, state police say that the loaded magazine contained nine rounds rather than the seven rounds now required under the SAFE Act and he was charged.
Dean was also found to be driving with a suspended license and still faces still faces one misdemeanor charge of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.
After his arrest, Dean told the NEWS CENTER he was the one who alerted troopers to the loaded gun, and "having too many bullets in magazine was an honest mistake." He says he "does not watch the news and was unaware of the new law."
He also wanted to thank those who supported him after his arrest.