Two days later, confusion still surrounds NY SAFE Act
ALBANY, N.Y. -- It's been two days since the New York SAFE Act passed - and for many it's a muddled mess.
Gun owners and shops are uncertain exactly where they stand, fearing they could be breaking the law.
One gun shop owner NEWS10 spoke with said to fully understand the new law, he'd have to sit down with someone for hours - maybe days to go through it to find out what he can and cannot do.
So today we asked for some of his questions and did our best to get the answers.
"Customers are coming in, asking a million questions very frustrated, they don't know the answers to questions. I don't know the answers to some of the questions," said Kevin Zacharewicz, owner of Zack's Sports in Round Lake
All are wondering if they're breaking a law they consider murky and rushed, mixed with a lack of foresight.
Zacharewicz says he's been advised by one member of law enforcement to play it safe.
"Do not sell things that you think that you think could be banned because you might be making a misstep and you might not be in business next year," said Zacharewicz.
He says suppliers aren't shipping anything into the state because of the confusion, and stores now have guns they can no longer legally sell - so what do they do with them?
Not finding the answers they need, shop owners say they're in "crisis mode."
When NEWS10 reached out to the New York State Police for clarification - we were redirected to their website with information on what needs to be registered, a memorandum in support, and a link to the language of the legislation.
The station also received a statement saying "the New York State Police are working diligently with the governor's office to implement the new provisions of the NY SAFE Act."
NEWS10 also reached out to senators Jeff Klein and Malcolm Smith who sponsored the bill - as well as the governor and attorney general's offices - to try and get answers.
They did not get back to us by air time.
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