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Concerns over New York Safe Act

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PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. -

Concerns are surfacing regarding the New York Safe Act.

After the Sandy Hook shooting in Connecticut, New York lawmakers worked fast to try to eliminate acts of violence by creating the act. A new section requires physicians, psychologists, registered nurses and licensed clinical social workers to report patients they view as a threat to themselves or society. If they're reported, patients could lose licenses to own guns or have guns removed from their homes.

Medical officials worry the act can ruin patient trust in doctors and that it targets the wrong population of people.

"To focus on that population as being the perpetrators of violence and we somehow report them and their guns are removed, that we're solving the problem. I think it's vastly in error," said Sherrie Gillette of Clinton County Mental Health.

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