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January 23, 2013

Coping with the new gun law

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Some aspects of it, Little said earlier, are good, such as requiring people who are a danger to themselves or others to get help and increased penalties for illegal weapons possession.

Constituents who contacted her, she said, were overwhelmingly against passage of the bill.

IMPACT DOUBTED

Dick DeCosse, owner of Dick’s Country Store, Music Oasis and Gun City in Churubusco, said his customers are also concerned about the new gun law and its ramifications.

“Naturally, they are looking for more information and trying to figure out what they’re supposed to do,” he said. “A little more information is starting to come out this week.”

“Personally, I don’t think that this will really have any effect on crime,” DeCosse said.

“Basically, the bad guys get what they want, and the rest of us are paying the price.

“They aren’t going to turn them (guns) in, and they aren’t going to register them,” he said. “They’re criminals. What do they care?”

He said the State Police have been helpful as far as explaining the new law, “but they didn’t have any advance notice of this either.”

‘NOT MUCH TO TELL’

Essex and Clinton County officials are also seeing increased interest from gun owners with the new law in place.

Clinton County Clerk’s Office Records Clerk Mary Lavorando said the office has also had a number of calls about the new law, but there isn’t much to tell at this point.

“Mostly, they want to apply (for pistol permits), and they are asking about the new law, but not everything went into effect that first day,” she said. “I tell them about it if I know, but I don’t want to give anyone false information.”

Lavorando said many owners are inquiring about pistol permits and the applications.

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