Gun Owners Disappointed with New Law

By Matt Porter

January 15, 2013 Updated Jan 17, 2013 at 11:00 AM EST

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Gun owners are not only livid about the new law, but how quickly it was passed.

And gun retailers said the ban of 10-round magazines could drive their business to a halt because many guns, including some handguns, are manufactured with those magazines.

Concerns of impending regulations have had gun owners flocking to buy weapons that could soon be banned.

At owner Chuck Sherwood's Timber Creek Sports, shelves usually holding more than 30 hand guns are bare.

"They didn't know what was going to happen here in New York State or federally," said Sherwood, "And that kind of prompted a run on guns all over the country."

Sherwood said the new law will do nothing but strangle his business.

He said most of his guns use the soon to be banned 10-round clips.

"There could be a lot of us little guys out of business here in New York," Sherwood said, "And our politicians aren't thinking about the revenue that comes from little shops like mine and others across the state in sales tax revenue."

His customers agreed the state is moving too far too fast.

Rose Kurlak, who came with her husband in looking for a gun, said New York acted with disregard to her Second Amendment rights.

"I am disturbed by how fast its happening," Kurlak said, "And I think it's all emotional and not rational."

But Broome County District Attorney Gerald Mollen said the new law is meant to disarm criminals, not sportsman.

"People that are in law enforcement and actually have to face people with hand guns and readily available weapons of mass destruction," said Mollen, "Don't want a lot of them out there."

He added that it doesn't take 10-rounds to defend yourself.

"During my 32 years in the DA's office," Mollen said, "I've never seen an assault weapon used in self defense."

Still, in Sherwood's Endwell store, he doesn't see a silver lining with the new law.

"Benefits, no benefits whatsoever," he said, "Loss of business, I see loss of business."