New York State Exposed: Is the SAFE Act driving businesses out of NY?

Posted at: 11/07/2013 7:04 PM
By: Amanda Ciavarri

Gun retailers and manufacturers say the SAFE Act is having a negative impact. 

Joseph Palumbo, Albion Gun Shop, said, “After the 15th, it was like night and day. No more sales, no more accessories and it really look a hit on business.”

Joseph Palumbo owns Albion Gun Shop in Albion. He says since the SAFE Act went into effect earlier this year, he has lost 40 to 50 percent of business.  He and his family have considered moving out of state.

Palumbo said, “I don't want to leave, this is where I live, this is my home, but I have to do what I have to do to survive.”

News10NBC went to Governor Andrew Cuomo, the man behind the SAFE Act.

Amanda Ciavarri asked, “What would you say to the hundreds of people who say hundreds, maybe thousands of jobs in upstate New York, have been lost because of the New York State SAFE Act? It's driving gun retailers and gun manufacturers across the boarder to Pennsylvania.” 

Governor Cuomo said,  “I don't think that's correct on the facts.”

Nojay said, “New York State has lost hundreds of jobs because of the SAFE Act.”


Palumbo said, “We have looked at opening another store outside of New York State.”

But Governor Cuomo says it's not just about jobs. He says it's a balancing act between jobs and keeping your family safe.

Gov. Cuomo said, “People have the right to both. Economic activity, but you still want to be safe. I don't think there is anyone in the state who doesn't believe there has been a rash of gun violence. I don't believe there is any reasonable person in the state who doesn't believe we need to take reasonable precautions to protect ourselves and members of the community.”

Cuomo's main reason for the SAFE Act has been safety. But, is this the solution? A study from the  Center for Disease Control and Prevention, which aims at the reducing the threat of gun violence, says gun restrictions don't necessarily prevent violence. The study suggests better policing and targeting certain areas works. The SAFE Act passed 43 to 18 in the New York Senate, but 52 counties including Monroe, Ontario, Wayne have passed resolutions opposing the SAFE Act. Ten counties have not.

Senator Mike Gianaris from Queens supports the SAFE Act.


Democratic Senator Mike Gianaris, of Queens, said, “Everytime we turn on the television and see that more children, moviegoers or people in a mall have been shot than we have an obligation to address.”

Gianaris says safety is a priority and hopes businesses can make it work.

Senator Gianaris said, “My priority as a public servant, as an elected official, is first and foremost to make sure people in this state are safe. If it is a choice of preventing people from being gunned down, or having gun manufactures go elsewhere, we hope they don't leave. We want the jobs, but ultimately I'm going to fall on the side of making sure the public is safe.”

There are at least four lawsuits right now against the SAFE Act. Gun advocates are suing because they feel the law violates their rights.