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Seaford Gun Store Owner Critical of New State Weapon Restrictions

Owner says recent gun control bill will put gun shop owners across the state "out of business."

Business has been booming the last month at Martin Tretola's T&T Gunnery store in Seaford, but with New York now having the strictest gun laws in the nation following recent legislation signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the Bellmore resident worries about the long-term future of his 35-year business. 

Tretola said since Cuomo signed the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act on Jan. 16, sales of all kinds of weaponry at his shop on 3778 Merrick Road have flown off the shelves. However, Tretola said that the legislation will eventually hamper gun store owners like him. 

"He is going to put every gun store owner in the state out of business with these stupid laws," said Tretola of Cuomo's legislation that makes New York the first state in the nation to ban any magazine that can hold more than seven rounds. "The laws don't make any sense."


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Tretola, who last August was awarded $5 million by a federal jury for his business being damaged from a 2007 wrongful Nassau County police arrest, said Cuomo's legislation should have at least allowed for 10 rounds in magazines.

The SAFE Act also requires instant background checks on all ammunition purchases at the time of sale and allows authorities to track purchases in real time to alert law enforcement of high volume buys.

New York's gun control bill was the first signed following a tragic Dec. 14, 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Conn., that left 26 people dead including 20 children.

Cuomo said when he signed the new measures that "This new law will limit gun violence through common sense, reasonable reforms that will make New York a safer place to live." 

Tretola attributes the spike in sales at T & T Gunnery to a fear gun owners have on what new restrictions might be on the horizon with President Obama pushing for Congress to vote on an assault weapons ban. He argues that the stricter gun laws will not make people safer saying "more people are killed with hammers than with rifles."

Susan Salem February 09, 2013 at 12:22 AM
I think car accidents are, um, accidents, no?
Lorraine DeVita February 09, 2013 at 01:18 PM
WHAt are you talking about? that comment made no sense . i am not denying people the right to services i am countering the fact that if you want SOME people to have mandatory testing then gun owners should not be excluded. Whats good for one should be good for ALL. Also lets be real if you are addressing my concurence with addicts being tested for drivers licenses- drugs and booze dont belong behind the wheel and people with chronic addictions do not and shouldnt be allowed a drivers lic ,registration of car . or car insurance until they are successfully treated. . EVER
Unjust February 10, 2013 at 09:17 AM
Lorraine re: your post 9:16a Fri Why do you fly right into ATTACK MODE when opinions differ from yours? My post at 8:20p about a large dog & alarm system was NOT aggressive or nasty so I don't understand your need to BLAST ME! You've mentioned the "incident" in Seaford a few times & went on to blast me for not knowing how lives are forever changed? Lorraine the "incident" you're talking about is the DEATH of my BROTHER!!!!!! So...I do NOT need a lecture from YOU...on HOW everyones life HAS changed!! My BROTHER'S LIFE WAS TAKEN...while he was protecting the people in this town & those in the drugstore! Which brings it back around to the actual subject of guns & right to own them. I've said before...theres NO telling how ANYONE will react in a situation if they need to use their gun to protect/defend. Be it trained active LEO or Retired LEO or Civilians, the "incident" you brought up is a perfect example as my Brother was killed by a RETIRED NC Police Lt. He ONLY had a 50/50 chance of killing the "bad guy"! Many know the story & no matter *which version* people think is accurate.. bottom line is the WRONG person was shot dead BEFORE the career Criminal was killed! (my opinion *which version*) You said that I want to declare War...WHAT are you talking about? Also the last part of your reply is WAY off!! In my 7:09pm post I said I do see both sides of gun issues...I didn't state if I own a gun or not. Lorraine..PLEASE STOP taking things OUT of context!
Lorraine DeVita February 10, 2013 at 12:38 PM
@ unjust- first and foremost- I am sorry for your loss- If you feel i was in attack mode i wasnt - i was referring to the loss of your brothers life as an example that even trained professionals have no control over the outcome or the aftermath. In this specific case your brothers life was lost as he was prtecting his neighbors, the deli owner felt he too was protecting the neighbors- They were trained professionals,reacting to a situation they were trained for. MY personal concern is untrained non professional gun owners reacting to situation and the loss of life as a result, I was using it an an example that there are consequences and results both emotional and physical that people dont seem to comprehend. Your brother died under circumstances that are tragic .. the reality of the situation is one a lot of these gun owners cant seem to grasp it isnt as easy as just pointing a gun pulling a trigger- Owning , brandishing and firing a weapon in a situation doesnt necessarily provide MORE protection or make anyone safer it may contribute to an aftermath no one is prepared for.
Skip February 21, 2013 at 03:41 PM
Sorry Lorraine you were quoting the previous poster not making the statement in the beginning of your post. I thought those where your words. Apologies


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