Trial begins for man who faced initial SAFE Act charge

Wassell

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.

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