After New York police required a gun shop to hand over customer records, the owner fears door-to-door confiscation could be next.
Police demanded Joseph F. Palumbo, owner of Albion Gun Shop in Albion, hand over 165 records from customers who bought “bullet-button” AR-15 rifles, The Blaze reported.
New York’s SAFE Act, passed with little thought in 2013, bans all weapons with removable magazines, but the bullet-button design falls under a gray area because it is only detachable with a specific tool.
Police originally intended to raid Palumbo’s shop with a SWAT team, but decided to request them instead, Palumbo told The Blaze.
Palumbo felt compelled to hand over the records, and now worries that the request will eventually be followed by more aggressive state action.
“I have a lot of customers concerned that the cops are going to come kick their doors down or conduct warrantless searches,” he said. “You are constantly on eggshells — not even just with this incident. Every time you turn around and there’s a shooting, every time there’s a gun-related incident, you sit back and think, ‘Oh gosh, what are they going to ban next?’”
This isn’t an isolated incident. Credit card transactions at Calico Light Weapons Systems in Oregon were suspended under Operation Choke Point, an Obama administration anti-gun policy designed to prevent illegal gun sales by blocking bank processing information, according to The Blaze.
“By this point, I wondered if my company had been a target of Operation Choke Point,” Calico Light owner Chris Holmgren told The Blaze. “I had heard of the program, but never believed that my company’s accounts could be at risk since we do nothing illegal.”
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