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Strict Gun Laws Are Nothing New For New York State

By Kerry Longobucco.
On Tuesday, President Barack Obama (D) issued an executive order to tighten gun control across the country. Fox 40 HD News took a look at how that order is being received in New York State -- which already has some of the strictest gun laws nationwide.

Background checks will be new to gun owners in some states -- but not in New York. Governor Andrew Cuomo (R) made background checks mandatory, even for online and private sales, back in 2013.

That's why officials at Mayhood's Sporting Goods, of Norwich, say these laws won't have much impact on New Yorkers. President Mike Mayhood says most local gun owners have becomed accustomed to the restrictions -- even if they aren't happy about them.

"They find that it's going to be infringed upon, and the second amendment says their rights shall not be infringed upon," Mayhood said. "All of these laws are an infringement on their rights, and most gun owners -- and I'm included in that number -- don't mind some infringements, if it's not too bad,"

The new laws may, however, slow down the process of getting a gun.

Mayhood says when a hopeful gun buyer fills out an application, it can take anywhere between 20 minutes and three business days for federal authorities to review it, and either approve or deny the sale. He says that process will likely be lengthier, now that background checks will be mandatory in all 50 states.

Mayhood says he feels the changes are necessary -- but he doesn't approve of the president taking executive action on the issue.

"That always bothers me. I understand the frustration with not being able to get some bills passed," Mayhood said. "I don't believe that's the best way to go about it. But I do I think we really, really need these laws."

But gun control advocates say congress's lack of action left Obama with no choice.

"In his position, he hears an awful lot more than we hear. He sees an awful lot more than we see," Amy Fleming, board president of Citizen's Action of New York's Southern Tier Chapter, said. "I think after eight years, it's finally getting to him and congress is to blame for their inaction."

Last month, gun sales across the country were higher than ever, according to Mayhood. He says recent acts of violence, and pushes for stricter firearm laws, are what's driving citizens to get their hands on guns.