Trial begins for man who faced initial SAFE Act charge

MAYVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) – The trial has begun for a western New Yorker who was initially the first person to be charged under the state’s tough new gun law. Jury selection got underway in Chautauqua County Tuesday in the case of Benjamin Wassell.

He is accused of illegally selling two assault rifles to an undercover officer. He was originally the first person facing charges under the SAFE Act, but as the Dunkirk Observer reports, the state attorney general has dropped that charge from the indictment. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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