New gun rules in effect

Updated: 04/16/2014 12:12 PM
Created: 04/16/2014 12:00 PM WHEC.com
By: Rebecca Fath

The deadline for gun owners to make sure their guns comply with the SAFE Act was Tuesday. It’s the deadline to modify assault firearms or register them with the state. Ignoring this could leave you with a felony charge.

Gun owners have been pouring in to stores like the American Sportsman in East Rochester, worried about the new provisions of the SAFE Act and what it means for them.

Supporters say the SAFE Act will help keep dangerous weapons like assault rifles off the street and out of the hands of criminals. American Sportsman owner Fred Calcagno says he's seeing a lot of legitimate gun owners coming in wondering if the weapons they own are now illegal.

Fred Calcagno, American Sportsman, said, “Even a civilian version that only fires semi auto or single shot depending on how you operate it, there's no bursts, no multiple fires from one trigger pull. They determined they wanted to make that illegal.”

Calcagno is explaining to his customers that semi-automatic rifles, shotguns and pistols with certain features are now illegal unless registered with the state. That includes guns with protruding pistol grips, threaded barrels and folding stocks.

State police have outlined all of the restrictions on guns under the SAFE Act. If you need to know more about the law and its provisions, click here.

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