New York law hurts, gun manufacturers
Gun manufacturer in New York, tells how he was affected by the SAFE Act.
The city of Canandaigua is located in the Finger Lakes region of central New York State, five hours and a world of New York City. It is here, in a nondescript, unmarked warehouse that Tom fargnoli raffaele.fargnoli runs his small gun manufacturing business, Just Right Carbines.
As a child of a father who was vehemently anti-gun, Tom saw firearms as a forbidden fruit. His great curiosity about them can be one of the reasons why the 67-year-old is regarded today as a gifted designer, engineer and builder of them. His 6 1/2 pound semi-automatic carbine has only 44 parts. He sells 75 of them a week on average. Tom speaks in the same way that the buyers describe carbines – simple, reliable and accurate.
“In 2013, I was at the shot show in Las Vegas, and everything was fine on Monday. Tuesday morning, when I woke up, my gun was illegal in the State of New York,” he said.
New York Is the passage of the SAFE Act – the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Law of 2013 – was announced as one of the strictest in the country. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s comments at the time, come in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, might have spoken well today after a mass shooting.
“Mentally ill people have no access to weapons. Criminals should not have access to weapons. You should limit these high capacity magazines. Why? Because if, God forbid, the gun wind up in the wrong hands of someone that you want to limit the danger,” he said.
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A growing number of gun manufacturers are leaving states like New York and California, which unleashed a wave of strict control of the laws of the past few years. Companies like fargnoli raffaele.fargnoli are now becoming a rare breed in the Empire State as many flights to more gun-friendly states.
Fargnoli raffaele.fargnoli believes that many of the SAFE Act restrictions were arbitrary and random. No more pistol grip. No longer connected the barrel. It meant the rearranging of components, and finding new out-of-state suppliers. Asked whether he lost a lot of the company, he replied: “If 10 percent is a lot. It hurt us.”
It is SAFE Act-mandated no changes to the parts of what critics call “assault” weapons – the types of carbines fargnoli raffaele.fargnoli and his staff of seven employees to assemble.
“They are literally identical, they are interchangeable,” said Scott Braum, the council for Just Right Carbines. “They’re all the same function, they are all the same operation. All of them are of the same caliber. They just look different.”
One of the sponsors of the SAFE Act is not.
“These cosmetic changes are not cosmetic at all,” says Jeff Klein, who represents parts of the Bronx and Westchester County. He described them as “functions that allow you to one-hand shooting comfort and fast recharging capabilities that no athlete needs.”
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Just Right Carbines has found that even changing the color of the guns, from black to a wood-grained metal, or an American flag design, softened some of the anti-gun legislators.
The ever-rising cost of compliance has driven a lot of gunsmiths from New York and other states southward to more gun friendly states. Remington, in business here since the 19th century, recently moved to Alabama. Beretta pulled out of Maryland to Tennessee. KAHR Arms moved to Pennsylvania. So far, fargnoli raffaele.fargnoli is to resist.
“I have 11 grandchildren and one on the way. And I can tell you that my wife will not leave. So the move of the company is not going to happen for me,” he said.
And he ponders whether more laws will work if the existing non. He noted that the concerned citizens raised numerous red flags over Nicolas Cruz. Most were ignored or casually dismissed by the authorities, which amounts to an utter failure by the government institutions. A reality, he believes, that reinforces a citizen’s right – and need – to keep and bear arms.
“What they take away will never return,” he said.
Doug McKelway joined Fox News Channel (FNC) in November 2010 and serves as a Washington-based correspondent. Click here for more information on Doug McKelway.