Store owners wary to alienate customers amid state’s changing gun rules

Several small business owners spoke with News 12 Long Island about the state’s new gun rules signed into law Friday by Gov. Kathy Hochul.
The new rules will require people applying for a handgun license to turn over a list of their social media accounts, so officials can verify their "character and conduct." Also, people applying to carry a handgun will also have to provide four-character references, take firearms safety training and undergo periodic background checks.
The state will also bar people from bringing guns into any business or workplace unless the owners put up signs saying guns are welcome.
Some store owners told News 12 they’re reluctant to give their opinion because it is such a hot button issue and they don't want to alienate their customers on either side of the debate. Residents too feel this puts an unnecessary burden on store owners just recovering from the pandemic.
"Not even security can carry a guns," said Mark Siegel, Blum's Swimwear & Intimate Apparel. "So how can somebody be carrying a gun even if they have a permit unless your a policeman is good for the village?"
"Its not our responsibility to say whether you have a gun or not and not to come in everybody is allowed in whether they have a permit," added Joe Italiano of Delfiore Pizza. "It takes a long time to get a permit not everybody can just get a handgun."
The new laws go into effect Sept. 1.