SAFE Act threatens business

Posted at: 04/26/2013 7:38 PM
By: Joangel Concepcion

The new gun law in New York State has been controversial to say the least. And it's not just gun owners who are angry.
Businesses are feeling the effects too and that includes a gun manufacturing company in Canandaigua. They're being forced to make some changes because of the new law.

Tom Fargnoli said, “From the time I was eight years old. All I ever wanted to be was a gunsmith and all I ever did my whole life was to get to this end.”

For Tom Fargnoli, it took a lot of time and effort to create this gun. It may look like an assault weapon and it may sound like a military weapon. But Fargnoli says it's not.

Fargnoli said, “The intention for the gun was to be a recreational tool. Something you can go out and shoot on a Sunday afternoon with the family. The gun was never intended for military use.”

Since Just Right Carbines began selling the gun, business has been booming.  
But now, the New York State SAFE Act is threatening their sales.

Fargnoli said, “We're a law abiding company that's being persecuted and I think it's wrong.”

The gun is now illegal in the state and it's all because of this feature. Under the new SAFE Act, rifles can not have a pistol grip. Supporters of the law believe it makes it easier to fire the gun quickly with more accuracy.

The company is now forced to sell out of state, putting their business and others in our area in jeopardy.

Richard Cutri said, “All of our parts are made in the United States. In fact, 80% of our parts are made within 30 miles of Canandaigua, New York where we're standing.”

News10NBC took these concerns to Senator Ted O'Brien.

Senator Ted O'Brien said, “Anytime you have some change there are going to be more people affected than others but if our goal is to ultimately keep people safer then we have to go forward with this. There's a lot of different guns you can manufacture and sell in New York. I would hope that they would modify their product so that it complies with the law. If they do that then they can continue to sell in New York.”

So why not just change the grip or re-create the gun? It would cost the company hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Cutri said, “New York State is way off base with this and we're not going to bother. We're not going to spend the money to change the bowls and etc. We can't afford to do that on our own.”

News10NBC called the governor's office to let them know about these concerns.      A spokesperson released this statement. “For years, gun manufacturers have modified their products for sale in New York State, and the new law does not change that. The SAFE Act is designed to keep military-style assault weapons that have the potential to cause the greatest harm out of our communities while still respecting New York's long tradition of hunting and sport shooting.”
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