New Law Leaves Many Questions For Gun Owners, Sellers

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Several days after the state clamped down on so-called assault weapons and ten-round magazines, many gun dealers and their customers are still smarting.

"I know the things that have happened that have spurred this hysterical response from our politicians but I don't think guns should be taken out of the hands of law-abiding citizens," said Scott Sternberg, a customer at Van Tassel's Gunsmithing in Evans Mills.

The new law still leaves some unanswered questions. 

What about guns with a magazine which is part of the rifle itself?

"Lever action with the tubular magazine that holds eight rounds," said Louis Panunzio, owner of Panunzio's Guns in Hammond. 

So with seven rounds being the new limit, is that gun still legal?

"I believe it is because it is not a military style gun," said Panunzio. 

But if it is, is it still legal to put more than seven bullets in it?

No one seems to have the answer.

One thing is certain - dealers can no longer sell standard ten-round clips for handguns or rifles.

But, one problem is that there are few, if any, seven-round clips.

That has gun shops, in many cases, able to sell the firearm, but not the magazine that goes with it.

And what about the new background check for buying ammunition?

"Who do I do the background check to? The state isn't even set up for background checks," said Panunzio.

But at least that part of the law hasn't yet taken effect.

For more information about the new gun law, visit www.nysafeact.com.

Friday, August 29, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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