Local Gunmaker Tries To Innovate To Stay In NY – YNN

| September 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

Local Gunmaker Tries To Innovate To Stay In NY – YNN.

By: Seth Voorhees

“It’s a small business here in Canandaigua,” said Anthony Testa. “We produce a small-caliber pistol carbine.”

Just Right Carbines opened four years ago.

“Things have worked out well so far,” said Rich Cutri, owner of Just Right.

That was three years before New York’s tough gun laws were passed.

“We’re doing approximately 12,000 guns per year.”

Guns which are sold all over the country.

“There are more people who never had a gun or wanted a gun that want it now.”

But for the owners of the business, there is one problem.

“There was a lot of questions. We had a lot of phone calls,” said Testa, the general manager.

“We’re in a mess right now in my opinion,” Cutri said.

Cutri says none of his semi-automatic guns can be sold in New York State.

“The frustration is when someone that you know comes and says God, I’d love to buy one of your guns and you say, oh, it’s illegal.”

Illegal under the NY SAFE Act, signed by Governor Cuomo in January.

“It makes people feel good. Makes politicians feel good, gives them something to puff their chest out and say look what I did, but when you actually look at it, they haven’t impacted anything.”

Testa says most of the weapons made at the Canandaigua shop are purchased by hunters and target shooters. Eighty percent of the parts used to assemble the guns are made within 30 miles of the plant.

There is one part which gun manufacturers say poses the biggest problem for them. Rifles sold in New York State are not allowed to have a pistol grip. Same goes for shotguns.

“Because it has a pistol grip, all of a sudden it’s classified as an assault weapon.”

Since the NY SAFE Act was signed into law, the owners of Just Right Carbines have received offers from more than a dozen states, trying to lure their business away from here.

“If my partner and I were 20 years younger, we might seriously consider those.”

Offers Cutri and his partners have resisted, instead trying to figure a way to modify their guns, and make them legal in New York, once again. But even that has been difficult, because he says no one knows for sure what’s legal and what’s not.

“We’ve talked to some reasonable people in authority and said ‘what do you think about this?’ They say ‘God, it looks good to me.’ Is this acceptable? I have no idea because no one has explained what acceptable is.”

Cutri and his partners say changing the design of the gun won’t change how it shoots. They say the NY SAFE Act has chipped away about ten percent of their business.

“It’s one more hurdle that we have to try to figure out what we can do to be successful here.”

They’re not sure if the law’s accomplished much else.

“They’ve taken Joe Average and told him he can’t have the gun. I don’t think it’s removed it from the hands of the people we’d really like to get these guns away from.”

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