Another shooting victim, 72-year-old Katherine Massey, had apparently been well aware of the danger, writing a letter last year to The Buffalo News, according to the paper, in which she pleaded for “broad action/legislation federal government to combat gun violence.
Mr. Gendron had recently purchased a Bushmaster assault weapon near his home in Conklin, NY, according to Robert Donald, the owner of Vintage Firearms in Endicott, NY, which primarily sells collectible firearms.
In Mr Gendron’s home county of Broome, there have been 11 red flag orders, or about one for every 18,000 people – about the state average. The court system does not keep track of the number of requests that have been refused.
Nineteen states have enacted such laws, including Virginia and New Mexico in 2020. Since nearly all have been enacted in the last 10 years, research on their effectiveness is limited.
The law enforcement official who was briefed on the call about Mr Gendron last year said that in New York, hundreds of threats against schools are called each year – including three on Monday as a result of the massacre — and that in each case, authorities interview students and parents to determine whether students have access to firearms. The authorities then try to make a reasoned appeal on the measures to be taken.
The shooting in Buffalo – New York’s second most populous city – has rocked many black residents who say they faced discrimination and segregation there.
This tension was heightened by false alarms on other shootings as well as the Monday arrest of a local man, Joseph S. Chowaniec, 52, who was charged by Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn with making calls threatening to two local businesses on Sunday in which he referenced the shooting at Tops.