Thousands of gun enthusiasts are expected on the Empire State Plaza taking part in one of the first gun shows to come with New York's tougher laws in place. YNN's Madeleine Rivera is in Albany with more on how folks are handling the changes.
ALBANY, N.Y. — The crowd at the Albany Gun Show is among the first people in the state to go to a gun show since Governor Cuomo passed the NY SAFE Act.
He introduced some of the toughest gun control laws in the country, igniting criticism from gun advocates.
"It's just to disarm the public, you know," said Dave Ahern, an attendee.
On Saturday, thousands packed the Empire State Plaza for the Albany Gun Show.
I asked the show director, Douglas Roberts, if he's ever seen the show this busy before, to which he answered, "No."
The show started in the 60s, drawing gun enthusiasts from all over the state. This year, vendors were not able to sell assault weapons as a result of the SAFE Act.
Vendors, like Tim Douglas of Joe's Sports Center, were also trying to get rid of stock. He says according to the New York State Trooper's website, he has until April to sell guns with 10-round magazines. The bill makes it illegal for people to carry more than seven rounds of ammunition.
"The manufacturers that we deal with say we're not even going to ship you any guns that contain a 10-round magazine, so now we can only buy guns with a seven-round mag, and those are very few," said Douglas.
But the Roberts says most things have stayed the same.
"We have always gone by the book. We have NICS checks which are handled by Washington and the FBI. We have release tags, and we have security between State Troopers, uniformed and non-uniformed," said Roberts.
As the gun control debate continues, the crowds here continue to grow.
"There's going to be more people hunting. More people target shooting. The interest has very much grown," said Roberts.