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Customers line up to make ‘pre-ban purchases’ at gun shops

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Albany/HV: Customers line up to make ‘pre-ban purchases’ at gun shops
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Gun store owners have had a busy day in reaction to the new law. YNN's Lori Chung was outside one store in Green Island that's been doing brisk business.

GREEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The new legislation has led to a domino effect at local gun stores.

Gun owners got up early Tuesday morning and made their way to gun shops, before any kind of gun control legislation goes into effect.

The New York State act would define exactly what weapons are considered an assault weapon, require owners who already own those kinds of guns to register them. It would also ban magazine clips that hold more than seven rounds.

Some merchants even think the new rules could actually put them out of business. Gun owners say they think the government is not only overreacting, but also overreaching.

"They want to attack the second amendment and keep us from protecting ourselves. We are the law abiding citizens, who are trying to do right thing," said Mike Angley, a Stephentown resident.

"There will be hundreds of workers going out of business and out of work now. It is a back door gun ban," said Les McDermott, Veterans Gun Depot owner.

The owner of Veterans Gun Depot in Green Island says he just opened in August of last year, but may have to relocate his gun shop.

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