Henrietta, N.Y. – For the past month, business has been booming at Jackson Guns and Ammo in Henrietta.
“It's been outrageous,” said Kordell Jackson, owner of Jackson Guns & Ammo, “actually we've done more sales in a three-hour period then we probably did in a week.”
Overall, the bill will hurt their business, said Jackson. However, he does agree with the provision to establish a state registry for all private sales.
“I think it will actually help things,” said Jackson, “and I'm okay with that portion of the law that's being changed because it will allow people to come in here, and we'll have to do background checks, and make sure it's legally being transferred over to another party.”
Gun owner Wayne Morrison also agrees with this portion of the bill.
“I think private gun sales should be monitored more closely,” said Morrison, “and that there should be rules and regulations and oversight for private gun sales.”
But it's the future of legality of semi-automatic weapons that has Jackson the most concerned for his businesses' future.
“It’s going to affect our business greatly,” said Jackson. “We're more of a tactical store, and what we do with our tactical weapons, because that's what we call them, it's going to affect us. It does have an impact on us. We do have other accessories and other firearms, but that's our main selling point.”
The reduction of ammunition in magazine clips to 7-rounds will also affect business said Jackson, since many guns they sell are designed to hold the national standard 10-round magazines.
“That’s going to create a huge problem if we’re only going to allow seven-rounds,” said Jackson. “Most manufactures aren’t going to produce seven-round magazines just for New York, so that creates a huge problem for us. Ninety-percent of our guns will have to be taken back or given away, and we can’t sell them so that creates a lot of problems.”