New York's new gun law has already misfired: The state's coveted entertainment industry is concerned the bans on assault-style weapons and high-capacity magazines may apply to the props they use.
And some are saying they might have to pull the trigger on an idea that even most anti-gun proponents would find unthinkable: leaving the state for friendlier shores.
Twenty-seven pilots, TV shows and films using assault weapons and high-capacity magazines currently are in production in New York State, The New York Times reports
. And film production provided 46,000 jobs in 2011.
Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a longtime gun control advocate, managed to get the bill quickly through the state legislature earlier this year before public sentiment on the issue faded. As a result, few had time to check the bill for any amendments that might be needed.
Cuomo at first promised to get an exemption for the entertainment industry, but has since run into opposition from more conservative and upstate lawmakers, who say they don't want to vote on the issue again.
"Voters are saying, 'why are we being held to this standard when Hollywood is getting a pass, and they’re the ones who are promoting the violence?'" Thomas H. King, the president of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, told The Times.
Some in the industry warn that it isn't difficult for them to move elsewhere if nothing is done. California, and even the Southern U.S., will be happy to take them, they say.
“Our generators are on wheels. Our carts are on wheels. Our trucks are on wheels,” said Ryder Washburn, whose company supplies firearms for productions. “Everything is on wheels, and it goes where it’s wanted.”
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