NY SAFE Act Affects Gun Shows and Prices

February 24, 2013 Updated Feb 25, 2013 at 6:47 AM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

February 24, 2013 Updated Feb 25, 2013 at 6:47 AM EDT

Springville, NY (WKBW) - The NY SAFE Act is now a little more than a month old.

Since the Governor signed the bill, we have seen a number of rally's for both sides across the state, and have heard the outcries from local lawmakers to change the law.

Now, we are seeing just how the new legislation is beginning to effect the economy.

Vendors say with guns and ammunition flying off the shelf, people are now paying more at gun shows and stores.

Frank Bitello, a Vendor at the Springville Gun Show says they hear people saying "I want to get my hunting gear before I can't get it anymore."

Frustration from gun owners and sellers about the NY SAFE Act is clear at the gun show.

John Kalinski, who came to look around, says the law is "calling (certain guns) assault weapons, but they're really just hunting rifles."

Vendors say consumers are scooping up guns and ammunition at shows and in stores. With less product out there, prices are sky rocketing. Bitello showed a box of ammunition that two months ago sold for $20. At Sunday's show, the price tag said $75.

He says the price increase is a result of supply and demand -- prices are going up as ammunition and guns are clearing off the shelf.

After protests and several local counties voting to oppose the NY SAFE Act, Governor Cuomo defended the new law during a trip to Buffalo on Thursday.

"The danger from these assault weapons and high capacity magazines when they get into the wrong hands are inarguable," Cuomo told reporters.

Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes attended Buffalo's first rally in support of the SAFE Act on Friday.

While she says parts of the laws need to be tweaked, she believes that other parts act as "a tool that I think will be helpful to law enforcement and definitely to society in general to be able to track those weapons out."

However, gun owners still say there is plenty of confusion about what is in the SAFE Act, and fear that their personal information will get out to the public.

Frank Bitello says "Nobody has the answers. People like answers and they don't have them anymore. Nobody knows what's going on."

Gun shows are now becoming a main source for people to go for opt-out forms that protect personal information. Gun shows also have handouts with information about the NY SAFE Act.