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Busy Week Continues at Local Gun Shops

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Rochester: Busy Week Continues at Local Gun Shops
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Two days after Governor Cuomo signed into law a sweeping package of gun-control measures, the jury is still out over what impact it will have on crime and how it will be enforced. One thing is certain – business is brisk at local gun shops.

"I'll take it while I can. I roger that."

Some people are buying firearms, others are returning them at Jackson Gun and Ammo Shop in Henrietta.

"I think more people are running scared for the fact that they don't understand the law. He puts it out on TV, doesn't explain anything and then everybody's running in here to drop their guns off. We don't even know the law."

Here's what we do know. Besides an immediate ban on assault rifles, the state law calls for mandatory background checks for ammunition purchases and tries to keep guns out of the hands of mentally ill people who may be a threat.

Also, magazines are limited to a maximum capacity of seven bullets, down from the current ten. Ten-round magazines purchased before Tuesday are considered legal, but become illegal if more than seven bullets are loaded into them.

"I think that the time is right for us to really make some changes."

Area congresswoman Louise Slaughter was in town Thursday, praising the action taken on this bill that was negotiated just weeks after the shooting rampage in Connecticut.

"What's really different this time, is just the thought of 20 children, six- and seven-years old being literally torn to pieces by those expanding bullets and that awful carnage that took place in Newtown, Connecticut has changed the entire psyche, I think, of America."

A court challenge to this legislation is looming as a Western New York attorney says thousands of gun owners have contacted him to join a class-action lawsuit.

"It was unconstitutional and that's the biggest basis of everything that's going on right now. He did everything behind closed doors and didn't allow us as the people, who we're the ones that suffer from this, exactly what's going on."

Gun rights advocates say with so much uncertainty about these new laws, its anybody's guess as to how they will enforce them, but until then, many are hoping for an appeal.

"He's coming at us with all this information, but there's no clarity to it."

"I'm going to continue business regardless, I mean we're not going to, we're gonna abide by the law, but business is gonna be business."

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