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Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, January 30

Jan 29, 2018

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First hour: Renewing permits under the SAFE Act

Second hour: "From Strangers to Neighbors" cultural fair

Just days before the January 31 recertification deadline for handgun owners in Monroe County, as many as 30,000 licensed gun owners hadn’t renewed their permits under the New York SAFE Act. Why? Some don’t understand the process, while others say they are upset that the rules have changed. Prior to the SAFE Act, there were no conditions to the permits, other than staying out of trouble. Now, handgun owners must recertify their permits every five years or face having them revoked. County Clerk Adam Bello is being praised for his work to make the recertification process more accessible. He joins us in studio to discuss what gun owners need to know. Our guests:

  • Adam Bello, Monroe County Clerk
  • Don Smith, board member at-large for SCOPE

Then in our second hour, have you ever had a conversation with a refugee? An upcoming cultural fair will give participants the opportunity to learn about people of different backgrounds by experiencing aspects of their cultures. The organizer of “From Strangers to Neighbors” says the fair is one way to break down stereotypes and remove the fear sparked by controversies surrounding the Trump administration’s immigration ban. Our guests help us preview the event. In studio:

  • Samiha Islam, organizer of From Strangers to Neighbors
  • Sareer Fazili, president of the board of directors at the Islamic Center of Rochester
  • Alma Omerhodzic, Bosnian refugee and program participant
  • Obaida Omar, representative of Catholic Family Center who works to help integrate refugees into the Rochester area