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Gun buyers make purchases before bill passes


SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - "Panic buying" is the phrase being used to describe New Yorkers rushing into gun stores in a last effort to purchase a gun which is legal now, but may be illegal soon.

Gun shops all over the state are seeing an increase in sales.

Customers at Target Sports in Schenectady were looking to make their legal purchases Tuesday, before the new, stricter gun control bill passes in the Assembly and is signed by the Governor.

Gun owners NEWS10 spoke with Tuesday say they believe politicians are punishing law-abiding gun owners instead of the criminals who commit the gun crimes.

A big concern for owners of gun stores is the part in the legislation banning magazines with more than seven rounds.

"Not only will the public not be able to buy those guns, but we won't have any firearms to sell people because no one makes pistols with 7 round magazines," said Tom King, President of the NYS Rifle and Pistol Association. "I think that's largely one of the reasons this was done, not to make the public safer but to ban guns."

Gun advocacy groups are finding it difficult to hide their irritation, saying the bill is rushing through the legislative chambers without a chance for full debate or public comment.

King says the conversation of school safety has been redirected to blame gun owners and that this bill is not part of the solution.

"It's not going to have one ounce of prevention for the people of New York State. They're not going to be any safer," King says.

King says he does support the enhanced criminal penalties and mental health requirements included in the new bill.

Attorneys for gun advocacy groups are currently looking the legislation over, so the battle and debate over gun control may be far from over.

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