Area gun store owners said the start of the new state gun law had little impact on business Monday.
Key measures of the gun law that was passed in the wake of the killings in Newtown, Conn., that took effect include new limits on the number of bullets allowed in magazines and the start of registration by owners of firearms now reclassified as assault weapons, according to the Associated Press.
John Marino, owner of Marino’s Outdoor World in Hancock, said “It’s not affecting us.” Because of a recent change in the law, stores are still allowed to sell 10-round guns and magazines. However, buyers have to be instructed they are legally allowed to load only seven rounds, he said. Also starting Monday, people had one year to register the newly classified weapons.
Marino said the new regulations are a “knee-jerk reaction” to gun violence that will affect law abiding citizens instead of the criminals.
The majority of semi-automatic weapon owners “will wait until the last minute in the hope these silly laws will be amended,” Marino said, adding he understands the need for background checks that are being discussed in Congress.
As a gun dealer, “we already do that,” he said. He said that instead of new laws, he would like to see the old laws better enforced.
Mike Mayhood, owner of Mayhood’s Sporting Goods in Norwich, said the new laws are “a little bit ridiculous.” There is no system in place to register semi-automatic weapons if people wanted to, he said. He said he doesn’t have a problem with background checks, and proposed federal laws on the issue would be worthwhile because all states will have to follow the same regulations.
“We want to live in a safe society, but we don’t want gun rights restricted,” he said. Instead, legislators should focus on mental-health issues. Only those with such illnesses, or felons, should be impacted by the legislation.