The owner of a gun store in New York says state police threatened to kick down the door of his business in a SWAT-style raid if he didn’t turn over the purchase records for 165 customers.
Joseph Palumbo, co-owner of the Albion Gun Shop, says police were looking for anyone who bought a modified AR-15. Palumbo thought the modification was OK, but New York’s strict gun-control law makes it illegal. State police later acknowledged it was an “unintentional” violation of the NY SAFE Act, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law last year.
“This is what happens when you try to pass a bill through at midnight and you give everyone 20 minutes to read the bill,” Palumbo told WGRZ in Buffalo.
Gun-rights activists are planning a rally against the law at the Albion Gun Shop on Monday at 6 p.m. It is located at 203 Hamilton St., Albion, N.Y., about 35 miles west of Rochester.