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Remington uncertainty worsens with new gun control legislation

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Remington uncertainty worsens with new gun control legislation
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The new gun laws are the governor's answer to violent crimes like those in Newtown, Connecticut or in Webster. But as YNN's Andrew Sorensen tells us, for the people close to the gun industry, the new law brings some new questions that may not be answered so quickly.

ILION, N.Y. -- It's been part of Doug Rainbow's lifestyle to collect guns since the 60s, a lifestyle some feel is in danger.

"There's been a lot of ARs being sold," he said. "I mean, people are panicking. They don't know what they can or cannot buy."

Rainbow says his gun collecting and selling days are far from over, even under the new law. But he says for some businesses, provisions like ammunition background checks could be an issue.

"John Jones up the street, who just sells ammunition, I don't know how you're going to run a background check," said Rainbow.

And then there are those for whom guns aren't a lifestyle, they're a livelihood, like the 30 Remington workers who went to Albany Monday to try to plead their case to the governor.

"They face the specter of possibly losing their job. They had a chance and I hope that we aren't denying them a livelihood by voting in favor of this bill today," Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney said.

They couldn't even get a copy of the bill, leaving them with questions their representatives tried hard to answer in debate Tuesday. The good news is they can keep making and transporting their weapons, they just can't sell many of them, putting roughly 1,300 jobs into the air.

"The company tells me they are going to re-evaluate their future here in New York State," Senator James Seward said.

He said he's going to fight to keep Remington here, but it won't be easy.

"Frankly, they do not need be in a state that they consider to be hostile legitimate gun ownership and that's how they're interpreting this legislation," Seward explained.

Lifestyle or livelihood, things will change as the bill is implemented, but it's still largely unclear how.

We tried to reach Remington several times about any potential move, but did not immediately get back to us.

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