Court orders New York congressman to surrender guns amid criminal charges
By Christen Smith
Rep. Chris Collins speaks with reporters on July 8, 2017 after sponsoring a gun safety and training course for 40 citizens. (Photo: John Hickey/The Buffalo News)
A New York congressman and staunch defender of the Second Amendment will surrender his guns after pleading not guilty to insider trading charges last week.
U.S. Rep. Chris Collins, a Republican from New York’s 27th district, must turn over his firearms to the Erie County Sheriff’s Office within 14 days of his Aug. 8 arraignment in federal court, according to a report from The Buffalo News.
“Congressman Collins has been cooperative and compliant with the federal court order,” Scott Zylka, a spokesman for Sheriff Timothy Howard, told the newspaper Thursday.
Collins, his son Cameron Collins, and his son’s future father-in-law, Stephen Zarsky, face conspiracy charges after prosecutors allege the latter two men sold off stock in Innate Immunotherapeutics Limited — an Australian biotechnology company developing a new drug to treat secondary multiple sclerosis — after the congressman got word of its failed drug trial before the news became public.
Collins sat on Innate’s board of directors and identified as one of its largest shareholders in June 2017 when the company first disclosed the disappointing trial results via email, according