Pennsylvania gun dealers say NY needs new approach

Pennsylvania gun dealers say NY needs new approach

BREINIGSVILLE, Pa. (PIX11) — The owner of Eagle Arms in Breinigsville, Pennsylvania, was a bit tired of dealing with gun control debates when we visited his store recently. “It’s not guns. It’s society,” Rick Koehler said when PIX11 News arrived to discuss new rules about gun kits. “Decayed.” Koehler has interacted with a lot of New Yorkers in recent years, especially since the crime rate in the city is soaring. “All the New York people that moved here, they brought the problems with them,” he said. Koehler’s associate, Tom Bronson, added, “We have a proliferation of firearms [in Pennsylvania] but not nearly the level of crime that New York City does.” That being said, Koehler did acknowledge he doesn’t sell the 80 percent “receiver kits” — known as ghost guns — that are cropping up more and more at crime scenes in New York and around the nation. “I don’t sell them, and I never did,” Koehler said. Koehler’s brother used to promote the gun shows where the kits are still sold — legally — but left that role when the Pennsylvania Attorney General started putting the squeeze on dealers. Bronson, the employee at Eagle Arms who made it clear he knows his Constitutional rights, said it will be very hard for Pennsylvania to stop the sale of gun kits, especially at shows. “If they had the ability to, they would have stopped it,” Bronson noted. “They don’t legally have the ability. The Pennsylvania Constitution prevents that.” On April […]

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