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Court appearance for NY SAFE Act case delayed

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Albany/HV: Court appearance for NY SAFE Act case delayed
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MOREAU, N.Y. -- The court appearance for the man accused of selling of an assault-style weapon on Facebook is postponed. It's now scheduled for Aug. 22.

William Greene, 51, of Moreau showed up to court Thursday morning, but the court date had been changed.

He's facing two misdemeanors for an unlawful transfer of an assault weapon and selling a weapon without a NICS background check.

The hearing was delayed because lawyers are waiting to see if the attorney general's office will be involved in the case.

Saratoga County District Attorney Jim Murphy said he reached out to the attorney general because the case has to deal with the constitutionality of the law.

Greene pleaded not guilty to the charges in May.

The charges came about after State Police said they received an anonymous tip about a post on a gun enthusiast's Facebook page. An undercover investigator responded to the post and eventually met with Greene about purchasing the weapon.

Police said Greene did legally own the gun, but according to police, legal ownership doesn't mean the transfer was legal.

Greene's arrest was the first made under the New York SAFE Act in the area. The stricter gun control law was signed by Governor Cuomo back in January.

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