Many flock to gun stores before NY SAFE Act signed
The New York SAFE Act is being called a critical step forward by some, but others see it as a step backwards. And in the last hours before it became law, they flocked to gun stores to stock up. YNN's Elaina Athans has more.
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WAPPINGERS FALLS, N.Y. -- On the same day New York State legislature passes the nation's toughest gun control law, people were steadily streaming into gun shops, snatching items and making purchases.
The legislation was signed into law at lightning speed. It was announced Monday and less than 24 hours later, a pen was to paper.
“There was a lot of speculation, but I think we should have been informed on some of the topics," said Cal Calabrese, owner of Cal’s Sporting Guns and Ammo.
The law limits high-capacity magazines from 10 bullets to seven. There is an assault weapons ban to semiautomatic weapons with a detachable magazine. Private sales over the internet are abolished and would be subject to a background check.
"People who are mentally ill do not have access to guns. That common sense. Took society a long time to get there," Governor Andrew Cuomo said.
Though is a bill on the book, demand is still up.
This business owner and others say before the legislation was unveiled and pretty much right after the Newtown, Connecticut shooting, sales have skyrocketed. They’re paying nearly triple for a gun and ammunition that are impossible to find.
"I can’t get it right now. I cannot get ammunition right now," Calabrese said.
And places that do have it are slowly releasing it.
Numrich Gun Parts in Kingston said on its website there may be a delay in shipping due to high order volume.
Collector Rifle and Ammo in Hopewell Junction tells online shoppers they can now only be purchased in store and not on the internet.
Calabrese said, "It's all being passed on to the consumer and they feel as if we are price gouging and we're not."