A funny thing happened on the way to creating the “Hannibal Militia.” Organizer Jon Alvarez learned from Oswego County Undersheriff Robert Lighthall that militias are illegal in New York state — except for the New York National Guard.
No problem, said Alvarez. His goal all along was to organize a mutual-aid association, he said, sort of like a Neighborhood Watch.
Undersheriff Lighthall says he’s all for a new group raising the level of community alertness — as long as members who see trouble call the sheriff or state police rather than take the law into their own hands.
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